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Women in Science and Engineering

Meet St. James native, Paula Lutz who serves as dean of the College of Letters and Science at Montana State University.

Lutz has served as the Dean of the College of Letters and Science at Montana State University since 2007.   Before joining to Montana State University, she served as dean of Missouri S&T’s College of Arts and Sciences from 2002 to 2007.  Dr. Lutz was the first woman dean in S&T's history.

Lutz has received National Institutes of Health support since 1990 for her work on the effects of lead on children's immune systems. To date, she has received nearly $2 million in grant funding for her work from a variety of sources. Her work has been published in journals of immunology and toxicology. Lutz has continued both teaching and research throughout her administrative career.

In nearly two decades at Missouri S&T, Lutz won more than a dozen outstanding teaching and faculty excellence awards. She was named S&T's Woman of the Year in 1999, the same year she received an Alumni Merit Award. Lutz is active in mentoring women and minority scientists and academicians. She helped to create a Women's Leadership Institute, worked with the university's chapter of Women in Science and Engineering and helped start Missouri S&T's Expanding Your Horizons program to encourage interest in science and math in junior high-aged girls.