Ridge Collection & Research Award

The Ridge Library Collection

The Ridge collection is a special collection of monographs, serials, and videotapes that represent the interdisciplinary scholarship of the medical humanities. The core collection contains approximately 1,200 volumes and will expand annually by 150 to 200 additions.

A generous gift has enabled IMH to begin a collection, specific to the medical humanities, books and journals. The Ridge collection is housed, along with its medical collections, in the Center for Health Information. In addition, there is computer access to the library webpage with its links to topical resources on the Internet.


Ridge Research Award Information

*Specific information about the 2011-2012 Ridge Scholarship coming soon!*

The Institute of Medicine and Humanities is pleased to offer small research grants to undergraduate and graduate students interested in pursuing research in the medical humanities.

For more information or to pick up an application packet, contact Megan Twohig at (406)243-4576 or mtwohig@saintpatrick.org


The Ridge Library, housed at the Health Information Center at St. Patrick Hospital, is an important resource in the medical humanities. With a growing collection of about 1800 books and monographs, as well as over fifteen journals, the Ridge Library serves as a resource for health care providers, scholars and students who are interested in the rich nexus between the science and the art of medicine. Works in history, ethics, literature, biography, anthropology, sociology and other fields allow users to gain insights into the very human experiences of health and illness.

The Ridge Research Awards foster student research that utilizes the resources in the Ridge Collection. Two categories of Awards will be made, one limited to undergraduate students and the other open to graduate students. Up to four awards of $750 each will be made annually.

Applications will be submitted during the spring semester each year, with the expectation that the research will be conducted during the following fall semester.


a.  Undergraduate students must have completed at least two years of college and have junior or senior standing at the University of Montana.

b.  Graduate students must be officially enrolled in a masters or doctoral program.

c.  All applicants must have sufficient background in their discipline to conduct meaningful research that utilizes the resources of the Ridge Collection and the ability to develop and carry out a research project under the guidance of a faculty mentor.

d.  Applicants may be pursuing any major field of study and must have at least a 3.4 overall GPA .

e.  Undergraduate students must be enrolled for a minimum of 12 credits and graduate students for 9 credits in the semester during which the research will be undertaken.

Completed applications will include: 

  • the attached cover sheet
  • a brief description (approximately 3-5 pages) of the proposed project, including the objectives of the research, a plan of how the research will be organized, and why the resources of the Ridge Collection are necessary for the successful conduct of the project
  • an abstract of no more than 250 words that summarizes the proposal and the methods involved. The abstract should be designed to convince the reader-judge of the project’s merit
  • a current transcript
  • a letter of support from the faculty mentor 

Selection criteria:

Proposals will be judged by the extent to which they:

  • provide a sound thesis and rationale for the project
  • demonstrate originality
  • note the significance and/or contribution of the work
  • are written in a clear and understandable manner

Each successful applicant will be expected to make a presentation about his or her research at a Ridge Symposium during the spring of the year following the project’s completion.

Applications should be submitted to:

Peggy Schlesinger M.D., Executive Director, Institute of Medicine and Humanities
Skaggs Building 173
32 Campus Drive
Missoula, MT 59812

Previous Ridge Award Winners

2010 Winner:
Ivy Dong – The Study of Taiwanese Health Care Smart Card System and Its Application in the US/Montana under the Influence of Cultural Differences, as a Part of the EMR (Electronic Medical Record) Health Care Reform

2009 Winners:
Jonathan Hall – Conceptions of Health and Environment in the American West
Jessica Dallman and Lindsay Crosby – Effective Social Partners: Breaking the Communication Barrier Between Deaf Infants and Hearing Parents

2008 Winners:
Wade See – Influence of Medical Journalism on Healthcare: Will News Coverage of Tim Russert’s Death Encourage or Discourage Treadmill Stress Tests?
Henry Erickson Bundy – Illness Narratives in the 21st Century: The Proliferation of Autobiographical Pathographies of the Web 2.0.

2007 Winner:
Hayley Blackburn –Sociocultural Medicine: An Integrated Approach to Infectious Disease Prevention in Africa.

2006 Winners:
Emily Bulger – Western Wishes: The Globalization of Feminine Beauty Ideals.
Apryle Pickering –Changing Fertility and Population Growth: The Case of Montana Hutterites


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