Montana State University
Graduate Education in Health for Minority Scholars (GEhMS)

The Graduate Education in Health for Minority Scholars (GEhMS) program at Montana State University (MSU) is designed to increase community capacity to reduce health disparities in our state by supporting underrepresented minority (URM) graduate students in biomedical and behavioral sciences who have strong ties to underserved Montana communities. Housed at MSU’s Center for Biofilm Engineering (CBE), the program supports new and continuing URM graduate students in MSU health programs by facilitating opportunities to conduct community-based participatory research on health issues in their home communities, as well as by providing academic, financial, and social support.

Preparing for graduate education can be overwhelming. GEhMS advisors can assist in determining if graduate school is right for you. They can help with the application and funding process, as well as provide tutoring for challenging courses. If you are interested in a healthcare career and your community, this program may be for you. 

Program benefits and admission requirements: Read about program benefits and admission requirements in the GEhMS brochure

Application (pdf):
To download and complete an application for admission, click here


Current scholars

Christine Martin, Master's student, Health and Human Development
Violeta Nitzinger, Master's student, Health and Human Development
Jennifer Show, PhD student, Nursing
Esther "Tey" Silva, Master's student, Family and Community Health
*Deb LaVeaux, EdD student, Adult and Higher Education *funded via MT IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence (INBRE) 

Read about the GEhMS scholars 


Sloane Realbird, Master's degree, Health and Human Development, May 2015
Yanet Eudave
, Master's degree, Family and Community Health, May 2014
Lidice Tobar Quezada, Master's degree, Family and Community Health, May 2014
Nathaniel "Nate" Tucker, Master's degree, Family and Community Health, May 2014
Dayle “Candy” Felicia, Master's degree, Family and Community Health, May 2013

Contact us

If you are considering graduate school but do not know where to start, contact us:
    c/o Center for Biofilm Engineering
    366 EPS Building, PO Box 173890
    Montana State University
    Bozeman, MT 59717-3980
    Phone: (406) 994-3064
    Fax: (406) 994-6098


Faculty recommendation form (pdf): Please help us assess the promise and motivation of a recommended student. Complete our faculty recommendation form* and return it to the GEhMS office (address listed above).
    *The recommendation form allows you to type directly on the pdf.
          -Click the Typewriter tool at the top of the page
          -Place your cursor on the lines to be completed, double click, and start typing.

Professional Development

MSU professional development resources for graduate students (pdf)


GEhMS is funded by the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities, National Institutes of Health. The program is a collaborative effort among the MSU Colleges of Engineering, Education, Health and Human Development, Nursing, and Letters and Science; MSU’s INBRE, EPSCoR, American Indian Research Opportunities (AIRO) programs and various other MSU student support programs; Little Big Horn College; Chief Dull Knife College; Fort Belknap College; Fort Peck College; Salish Kootenai College; Stone Child College; and the Crow Environmental Health Steering Committee.

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