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WHO'S WHO 2023

UM Honors 2022-23 Hall of Fame, Who’s Who

Students honored for service, achievement and potential for success APRIL 14, 2023 BY EDWIN SMITH The University of Mississippi honored students for their leadership, academic achievements, service and potential on Friday (April 14) as they announced this year’s Hall of Fame class and Who’s Who Among Students in American Colleges and Universities. Each of the […]


Alyssa Stoner

Three UM Students Win Goldwater Scholarships

Prestigious STEM scholarships awarded to Mississippi natives APRIL 3, 2023 BY ERIN GARRETT For the second year in a row, three University of Mississippi students have been awarded Goldwater Scholarships in a single year. All native Mississippians, Christian Boudreaux, of Oxford; Noah Garrett, of Madison; and Alyssa Stoner, of Gulfport are the university’s 22nd, 23rd […]


Sloths live in the tops of trees, making Maya Kaup’s experience as a trained tree climber handy in her research. Submitted photo by Sam Trull

University Sets Inaugural Earth Month Celebration

Expanded calendar of events to include recycling competition, campus farmers market MARCH 28, 2023 BY ERIN GARRETT For the first time, the University of Mississippi is expanding its Green Week to the entire month of April. The new Earth Month celebration will feature more events and opportunities for environmental education and outreach. Since 2009, the […]


Biology professor Joshua Bloomekatz (left) and doctoral student Rabina Shrestha examine a tank of zebrafish. Bloomekatz and his research team are using the fish, which has heart processes similar to humans, to study how cardiac cells rearrange themselves to form structures of the heart. Photo by Kevin Bain/Ole Miss Digital Imaging Services

Study Could Provide Insight Into Origin of Heart Defects

UM biologist receives National Institutes of Health award to study heart formation MARCH 15, 2023 BY ERIN GARRETT A University of Mississippi biologist is asking big questions about the development of the human heart, and a new National Institutes of Health grant may help him find the answers. “When I think about life’s big picture, […]


UM students in lab

University Awarded Grant to Promote Inclusivity in STEM Education

UM joins 15 institutions tasked with evaluating inclusive teaching MARCH 1, 2023 BY ERIN GARRETT The Howard Hughes Medical Institute has awarded the University of Mississippi a new grant to understand, promote and evaluate inclusivity in STEM education. More than 100 colleges and universities have received six-year grants totaling $60 million as part of HHMI’s […]


Eboni Eddins

Opportunity: Searching the Globe for Better Care

Senior biology major seeks to improve health care for minority patients FEBRUARY 20, 2023 BY ERIN GARRETT As part of the 60th anniversary of integration at the University of Mississippi, this is the third of a four-part series based on the themes that are inscribed on the Civil Rights Monument on campus: perseverance, courage, knowledge […]


Can Trees Communicate Underground? Maybe Not

UM biology professor debunks popular theory about soil fungal networks FEBRUARY 13, 2023 BY ERIN GARRETT Imagine this: a tree in a forest is threatened by a predator or an invasive plant species. Underground, it sounds an alarm to neighboring trees through the “Wood-Wide Web,” a network of mycorrhizal fungi that connects them through the […]


Jakob Anseman

TEDxUniversityofMississippi Speakers Look to Face Forward

Eight speakers set for Feb. 23 event JANUARY 23, 2023 BY STAFF REPORT With the goal of sharing ideas worth spreading, TEDxUniversityofMississippi will host its eighth annual event at 7 p.m. Feb. 23 in the Gertrude C. Ford Center for the Performing Arts. Attendees will enjoy an evening of music, art and thought-provoking, short talks […]


Alicia L. Arrington – Thomas

NEW SEC Emerging Scholars at UM Graduate School

JANUARY 17, 2023 BY MARGARET SAVOIE FOR THE UM GRADUATE SCHOOL WINTER NEWSLETTER In 2021, the Southeastern Conference (SEC) schools created a new program to promote the success of current doctoral students and postdoctoral associates, with attention to those from historically underrepresented groups, in their professional development as they work towards becoming future faculty members […]


Savannah Draud

High School STEM Outreach Led by UM Graduate Student

Inspiring passion for science-related fields in the next generation of scholars DECEMBER 12, 2022 BY ABIGAIL MARTIN Savannah Draud, a doctoral student in biology at the University of Mississippi, is spending time at local high schools to help increase science literacy in an effort to inspire students to further their education and foster a love […]