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Rebecca Symula recognized for work on HHMI inclusive excellence grant

Professor Acknowledged for ‘Positive Advancement’ of Diversity

Rebecca Symula recognized for work on HHMI inclusive excellence grant Rebecca Symula, instructional associate professor of biology, has been recognized by the Mississippi Institutions for Higher Learning for her contributions to the positive advancement of diversity at the University of Mississippi. The Diversity Award for Excellence is given annually to nominees from each of the […]



Thirteen UM Students’ Projects Selected for Support FEBRUARY 9, 2024 BY TINA H. HAHN/UM DEVELOPMENT The Stamps Impact Prize, a new competitive award program at the University of Mississippi to support undergraduate-initiated, faculty-mentored research and creative achievement projects, has announced its 13 inaugural recipients. The program is the first of its kind in the nation […]

Patrick Allison, a PhD student of Ryan Garrick

Biology Halloween Open House

Scary fun for students and faculty at UM on Halloween OCTOBER 26, 2023 BY EMILY SUH On Halloween, the University of Mississippi Department of Biology is hosting a spooky time at their second annual Halloween Open House. The open house is scheduled to take place on Tuesday, October 31 from 12 to 3 pm.    […]

R.L. Boyce, a Grammy-nominated blues musician, performs at the 2022 Oxford Blues Festival. The festival will return Oct. 12-14 with a lineup of 14 artists and musicians from across the country as well as panel discussions on the history of the genre and its musicians at the J.D. Williams Library’s Blues Archive. Submitted photo

Local, National Talent to Sing the Blues at Annual Festival

Panel at UM Blues Archive to highlight history, importance of music to the South OCTOBER 5, 2023 BY CLARA TURNAGE The 12th annual Oxford Blues Festival will kick off three days of blues music with a free-to-the-public event at the University of Mississippi Blues Archive. The festival returns to the main stage on Oct. 12-14 with performances from Little […]

Master Sgt. Anthony Douglas & Haley Barbour

State, National Leaders Share Insights on Leading Through Disaster

Panel discusses leadership through tragedy, crisis at Ford Center event SEPTEMBER 15, 2023 BY CLARA TURNAGE Five state and national leaders shared lessons from their struggles and successes of leadership in crisis Thursday evening (Sept. 14) at the University of Mississippi‘s Gertrude C. Ford Center for the Performing Arts. With former Sen. Trent Lott moderating, former […]

Kayleigh Mazariegos

What Can Fish Sounds Tell Us About Artificial Reefs?

Doctoral student uses noninvasive method to determine species found on reefs SEPTEMBER 13, 2023 BY ERIN GARRETT Grunts, purrs, barks and knocks – it may be surprising to learn that these noises can come from fish. Known as fish vocalizations, these sounds are the subject of a new study at the University of Mississippi Department of Biology. […]

Sixue Chen

Scientist Works to Develop Pest-Resistant Soybean

Biology chair investigates wild soybeans for resistant properties SEPTEMBER 6, 2023 BY ERIN GARRETT A devastating pest for soybean farmers may soon be a problem of the past, thanks to research conducted by a University of Mississippi biologist. Sixue Chen, chair of the Department of Biology, is collaborating with researchers nationwide to combat a microscopic roundworm that causes […]


Five Named SEC Emerging Scholars at UM

Program offers professional development, networking opportunities JUNE 15, 2023 BY ERIN GARRETT Three University of Mississippi doctoral students and two postdoctoral researchers have been selected as SEC Emerging Scholars.  The 2023-24 scholars are doctoral students Adam Beam, of Mira Loma, California; Miguel De Leon, of Houston, Texas; and Purnima Narayan, of Pimpri, Pune, Maharashtra, India; […]

Yongjian Qiu

Biology Professor Receives NSF Career Award

Yongjian Qiu awarded $1 million to find biological solutions to agricultural challenges JUNE 7, 2023 BY DEBBIE NELSON The National Science Foundation has awarded University of Mississippi biologist Yongjian Qiu a $1 million grant to further his research into the effects of global warming on crops. Designed to help new teacher-scholars establish their research programs, […]

Chloe King moments before tapping off the Grove Show performance for the Ole Miss v. Troy football game. Submitted photo

Making Music

Chloe King combines the expression of music and the passion for helping others through healthcare MAY 23, 2023 BY LEXI DOUGLAS Between writing musical pieces for performance and preparing for medical school, Chloe King has had her hands full throughout her time at the University of Mississippi. A music major and a double minor in […]