Fifteen Montana University System undergraduates have received summer internships to research climate science related projects at sites throughout Montana. The Institute on Ecosystems students will work with faculty at The University of Montana and Montana State University on a variety of projects, studying everything from elk, marmots and snowshoe hares to Ponderosa pines and microscopic cyanobacteria. The students' research findings will be presented at the Institute on Ecosystems annual summit meeting in Helena on Aug. 21 to 23. ?We are excited to fund these students and look forward to their findings,? said Ric Hauer, Institute on Ecosystems director at UM. ?One of our institute's primary goals is to support the next generation of ecosystem scientists. These students are our future.?