Program Description

We are proud to announce the launch of the third annual QUEST Program at the Davidson Honors College. This program is a joint effort between the UM Davidson Honors College and the Office of the Mayor of Missoula. Through QUEST, teams of DHC students work collaboratively to research, design, and present policy solutions to a major, cross-disciplinary challenge facing the Missoula community. The 2019-2020 QUEST Challenge is "What is the appropriate role of local government in the prevention and treatment of drug and alcohol addiction?"


Throughout the fall semester, students will spend time developing a working knowledge of this year’s QUEST Program Challenge, connecting with faculty and community resources, and exploring how other cities have approached similar problems, while also respecting the unique ways in which the challenge affects Missoula. At the start of the spring semester, teams will focus on a particular aspect of the challenge and begin designing their solutions, which will be presented to a panel of campus and community leaders during a reception to be held in early April 2020.


The panel will select a winning team based on the creativity and feasibility of its proposed solution. Students from the winning team will be awarded scholarships, as well as a paid summer internship in with the government of the City of Missoula, where they can work on implementing their recommendations.


The goal of the DHC QUEST Program is to serve as an experiential learning opportunity that combines the best of academic innovation and civic engagement. DHC students will work together in diverse teams, using their analytical and creative strengths to design, execute, and present their research projects and policy solutions. Through their work, students will understand that their academic insights can be both creative and important, and that their ideas and hard work can have a positive impact on the Missoula community. We invite any interested DHC student to be a part of this wonderful opportunity.


The QUEST Program is supported by over $10,000 in funding, and student teams will receive modest scholarship funds to support their research. Students can also earn academic credit through HONR 495 – Honors Practicum. 


For any information regarding the program, or to ask how you and a team can be part of this experience, please contact Fiona Bean(, Bailey Carpenter ( or Katie Cordingley (