Native American food source may see improvement

A Montana State University graduate student has won a $94,000 fellowship for research that may improve fishways, or fish ladders, that help fish such as salmon and shad navigate dams and other obstacles to reach their spawning grounds.

Katey Plymesser, a doctoral candidate in civil engineering, was one of only 14 students nationally chosen as a Hydro Research Foundation fellow. The foundation’s $94,000 award will fund two years of research for Plymesser.

“It’s a pretty impressive thing to get one of these,” said Joel Cahoon, professor of civil engineering and Plymesser’s adviser. “The monetary award is greater than a lot of the well-known scholarships and there are fewer of them given out.”

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