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Two Honors College Students Named Marshall Scholar Finalists

One of two University of Mississippi students may be pursuing graduate studies in the United Kingdom next year, thanks to a prestigious international scholarship program. Jaz Brisack, of Oxford, and Marisa Kutchma, of St. Louis, have been selected as finalists for Marshall Scholarships. Established by an act of Parliament, the distinctive two-year program finances young Americans of high ability to study for a graduate degree in the United Kingdom. Up to 40 scholars are selected each year for graduate study at a U.K. institution in any field. If chosen, Brisack or Kutchma would be UM’s third Marshall Scholar. Brent Bonds, of Iuka, and James Robert “JR” Rigby, of Madison, both 2003 alumni, were finalists in 2002. Rigby won the award.


Ryan Garrick (left), UM associate professor of biology, and Colin Jackson, professor of biology and associate chair for graduate studies, are recipients of a National Science Foundation award to explore the Earth’s biodiversity. Photo by Kevin Bain

Biology Professors Receive NSF Award to Study Biodiversity

Funds support research into ecological, evolutionary processes OCTOBER 25, 2018 BY SHEA STEWART Two University of Mississippi biology professors have received a National Science Foundation award for nearly $800,000 to explore interactions between microorganisms and freshwater mussels in an effort to better understand the Earth’s biodiversity, focusing on how ecosystems function. Colin Jackson, professor of biology, is principal […]


Professor Parsons

Scientist Invents Device to Improve Fishery Operations

Design being tested by Gulf shrimpers reduces bycatch of untargeted marine life OCTOBER 18, 2018 BY EDWIN B. SMITH A University of Mississippi marine biologist has created a new device that could greatly improve shrimping operations and is putting the device to the test through partnerships with members of the Gulf of Mexico fishing industry. […]


The University of Mississippi’s McLean Institute for Public Service and Community Engagement welcomed a new group of outstanding students from around the globe this fall, representing majors from across the university. First row from left, Albert Nylander, Hannah Newbold, Navodit Paudel, Kristina Fields, J.R. Love, Laura Martin; second row from left, Michael Mott, Allison Borst, Zachary Pugh, Joshua Baker, Kendall Walker, Curtis Hill; third row from left, Bryce Williams, Elena Bauer, Adam Franco, Arielle Rogers, Virginia Parkinson, Anna Katherine Burress, Ashley Bowen.

McLean Institute Grant Award Funds Community Engagement

Hearin Foundation provides support for research and service efforts OCTOBER 5, 2018 BY STAFF REPORT A grant from the Robert M. Hearin Support Foundation for the University of Mississippi’s McLean Institute for Public Service and Community Engagement will fund research and service aimed at increasing community and economic development in Mississippi communities. The McLean Institute […]


Ryan Mays (center), is taking classes at the University of Mississippi this fall as a 14-year-old freshman, one of the youngest in the university’s history. Photo by Thomas Graning

From 14 to 64, UM Freshman Class Spans the Ages

Gifted teen, veteran highlight wide range of educational opportunities SEPTEMBER 24, 2018 BY MICHAEL NEWSOM One grew up in the age of “flower power” and the Vietnam War, while the other was born after the launch of Apple iTunes, but both are part of the University of Mississippi’s 2018 freshman class. A 64-year-old grandfather and […]


Dr. Glenn Parsons Testifies Before Congress

As director of the new Center for Biodiversity and Conservation Research, Glenn Parsons, professor of biology, testified before Congress regarding an important biodiversity issue—stopping the needless slaughter of sharks worldwide—at a legislative hearing on Marine Conservation and Shark Fishery Regulations on April 17, 2018. Recipient of a $1.7 million grant funded by the Mississippi Department […]


Four UM Students Accepted into Rural Physician Scholarship Program

Scholars agree to serve in small Mississippi communities after graduation AUGUST 5, 2018 BY STAFF REPORT University of Mississippi seniors Conner Ball, Megan Buchanan and Steven Smith, and junior Katelynn McGowen, have been selected to participate in the undergraduate portion of the Mississippi Rural Physicians Scholarship Program. Ball, a general studies major, is the son […]


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Coker Accepted into Rural Dental Scholarship Program

UM student selected for prestigious academic opportunity AUGUST 2, 2018 BY STAFF REPORT Kaitlin Coker, a recent graduate of Northwest Mississippi Community College and a junior biology major at the University of Mississippi, has been selected to participate in the undergraduate portion of the Mississippi Rural Dentists Scholarship Program. She is the daughter of Tray […]


Three recent graduates of the University of Mississippi (from left), Cal Wilkerson, Alison Redding and Kaleb Barnes, have been awarded Mississippi Rural Physicians Scholarships.

Three Graduates Receive Rural Physician Scholarships

Funding supports medical training at UM School of Medicine JULY 30, 2018 BY STAFF REPORT Three recent graduates of the University of Mississippi have been awarded Mississippi Rural Physicians Scholarships valued at $30,000 per year for their medical training at the University of Mississippi School of Medicine in Jackson. Cal Wilkerson, Alison Redding and Kaleb Barnes were honored at […]


Participants in the Mississippi Bridge STEM Program take notes in a class led by UM mathematics instructor Kelvin Holmes. Photo by Kevin Bain

Incoming UM Freshmen Find Summer Bridge Program to be ‘STEM-ulating’

Talented students adapting to academic rigor, cultural awareness of campus life JULY 19, 2018 BY EDWIN B. SMITH Before arriving at the University of Mississippi two weeks ago, incoming freshmen Eumetria Jones and Jemiah Johnson each expected their summer session experiences to be more or less a breeze. Jones and Johnson are among 25 African-American […]