Meet the Montana Tech Prospectors

Montana Technological University offers an environment where dedicated students will benefit from an immersive and rich education. Our location provides a living laboratory along with endless opportunities to enjoy the beautiful Montana outdoors year-round.

Who better to tell that story to prospective students than a current student?

That is the thought behind the Prospectors, Montana Tech's student ambassadors. Nominated by their programs to be part of the group and ranging from seniors to sophomores, the Prospectors represent diverse educational interests and unique individual Montana Tech experiences.

According to Shelby Baker, Communications & Events Coordinator, "The inspiration behind the Prospectors was to increase the campus visit experience for incoming students and their families. Prospectors provide face-to-face interaction and first-hand experience they’ve had at Montana Tech while showing prospective students why they love being a Montana Tech Oredigger."

Prospectors provide campus tours, serve on student discussion panels, help out at campus events, host social media take-overs, and are collectively a great resource for prospective students considering Tech.

Today we are taking the opportunity to introduce you to this year's six senior Prospectors.

Akexandria Anderson

Alexandria Anderson


Senior
Major: Cellular/Molecular Biology
Hometown: Butte, MT

Why Montana Tech: I chose Montana Tech because it’s close to home with a small campus that allows me to experience amazing opportunities.

Research interests: I have worked on multiple research projects during my time at Tech with the most prominent research experience being the characterization of the shortest two protein segments of Colorado Tick Fever Virus.

What I think makes Butte special: The great community, history, and location. Being a lover of everything outdoors Butte is ideal for a variety of outdoor activities such as being close to great hiking and skiing!

Involvement on campus: Along with being a full-time student, I also hold officer positions in the Chemistry, Biology, and Pre-Professional Health Clubs.

Hardest class I have taken: Organic Chemistry.

Morgan Ashbaugh

Morgan Ashbaugh

Senior
Major: Metallurgical and Materials Engineering
Hometown: Wenatchee, Washington

Hardest class I have taken: Metallurgical thermodynamics. It is a really important class and well taught, it just covers a lot of material. Thermodynamics is very important to understanding materials.

Three celebrities I would invite to a dinner party: C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkin and Agatha Christie

Favorite stop in Butte: Second Edition Books! It’s the large used bookstore on Montana St.

Weirdest study/classroom ritual I have: When I take notes in class or study, I use at least 5 different colored pens. My notes always have to be color-coded, and I don’t like to have one color be repeated more than the others.

Katherine Larson

Katherine Larson

Senior
Major: Biology, Cellular and Molecular Track
Hometown: Cut Bank, MT

Favorite spot on campus: The Mill. I love grabbing a coffee in the morning and studying there

Plans after Tech: Dental school

Involvement on campus: I am an officer for our Chemistry, Pre-Professional Health, and Biology Clubs. I am active in intramural activities. I also work as a teacher’s assistant in the A&P labs.

Hardest class I have taken: Organic Chemistry.

Katelyn NcNamee

Katelyn McNamee

Senior
Major: Precision Machining/Metals Fabrication Technology
Hometown: Butte, MT

Research interests: Aerospace manufacturing

Favorite spot on campus: The Commons area down at our South Campus (Highlands College)

Plan after Tech: Work for NASA

A MUST that I carry in my backpack: Headphones and keys

Hardest class I have taken: It’s a toss-up between precision measurement and manual lathe manufacturing

Clayton Moody

Clayton Moody

Senior
Major: Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences
Minor: Business Administration
Hometown: Butte, MT

Three celebrities I would invite to a dinner party: Jesus Christ, Andy Frisella, and Marcus Aurelius. It would be an honor to eat with all of them!

In 5 years, I hope to be: On a beach watching a gorgeous sunrise while enjoying a mango.

Favorite spot on campus: The Mill coffee shop! It’s always my first stop each day.

One thing I cannot go a day without: A workout!

Cade O'Neill

Cade O'Neill

Senior
Major: Biology, Cell and Molecular Track
Hometown: Butte, MT

Favorite class at Tech: It’s a toss-up between Advanced Biochemistry II, Virology, and Anatomy and Physiology Lab.

Favorite event at Tech: The Copper Game. Practically every student at Montana Tech attends this game, and there is a huge tailgate held right next to the field.

Weirdest study/classroom ritual I have: For every test and quiz, I have used one of three pencils my entire time at Montana Tech (0.9mm lead, I write very aggressively).

Research interests: I am currently part of both the Graff and Kuenzi Lab, both of which are interested in viruses. The Graff Lab’s focus is on TRIM and RING-UIM proteins. TThe Kuenzi Lab is focused on Sin Nombre virus, a hantavirus that is commonly transmitted to humans through deer mice.