Mental Health Opportunities for Professional Empowerment in STEM (M-HOPES)

By Beverly Hartline, PI, Sarah Keller, PI, Ashby Kinch, PI

The Mental Health Opportunities for Professional Empowerment in STEM (M-HOPES) is a collaborative project led by Montana Technological University, Montana State University Billings, and the University of Montana and funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF). The goal of this project was to design, pilot, assess, and implement evidence-based, sustainable and replicable strategies to facilitate and enhance graduate-student mental health across all three campuses.

Project objectives were to:

  • Build a set of innovative, inclusive, evidence-based experiences that enable diverse STEM graduate students to acquire skills for positive mental health and resilience
  • Provide innovative professional-development experiences for STEM faculty advisors to support graduate-student mental health and transform the cultures of their departments to become more inclusive
  • Pilot the scale-up and expansion of these innovations to other campus settings


Read the project abstracts: MTU, UM, MSUB
Learn more on UM’s program page



View September 2023 presentation from the Consortium for Research on Environmental Water Systems (CREWS), Montana’s EPSCoR RII project HOPES PPT