The impact of bequests
An interview with Megan McGill ('17, Plant Biology)
Megan McGill is a senior studying plant biology at MSU. She works in the Herbarium on campus, where she has helped maintain the extensive collection of plant specimens. This semester she is also working on a project researching conventional and IPM apple orchards in the Bitterroot Valley to find out what kind of insect populations they support. After graduation, Megan plans to apply for graduate school in the Plant Science department at MSU, and would like to pursue research in plant pathology.
For her senior year, Megan was awarded the Ralph B. Millice scholarship, which was established in 2008 by the estate of Margaret Moore, in memory of her father, Ralph Millice. Margaret Moore was a longtime resident of Livingston, Montana and a supporter of the University and the College of Agriculture.
In a recent interview, Megan describes her experience at MSU, and her goals for the future.
On her education at MSU
I decided to attend MSU because of their status as a Land Grant University. I wanted to attend a school with a strong Agriculture program and MSU Bozeman was a perfect fit.
Attending MSU has given me opportunites to explore the field of plant science. Since moving to Bozeman I've been able to use my degree in Plant Biology to become more involved in agriculture and I'm excited about all the opportunities I have for the future!
On her goals for the future
After graduating this semester, I hope to continue my education as a graduate student here at MSU. I'd like to study the genetics of wheat and help solve some of the problems that are facing Montana growers while earning my PhD in Plant Genetics.
On the impact of scholarships
For me, the most challenging part of being a student has been finding the money to attend school full time. I would have struggled to complete my undergraduate education at MSU without scholarships. I am extremely grateful for the generosity of the family of Robert Millice. Without this scholarship I would not be able to attend school full time, and would likely not be graduating this semester.
I appreciate the generosity of all of the scholarship donors who have helped me to get where I am today, and in the future I hope to be able to pay it forward and support students with a scholarship of my own.
On her most rewarding MSU experience
The most rewarding experience I have had at MSU was the summer that I worked at the Western Agricultural Research Center in Corvallis, MT. As an intern, I learned a lot about the practical applications of plant science while helping test different crop varieties and collecting insect specimens from apple orchards throughout the Bitterroot Valley.