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Daniel O’Sullivan (right), chair and professor of modern languages at the University of Mississippi, chats with a student in the program. The department’s doctoral program has become one of the fastest-growing on campus. Photo by Kevin Bain/Ole Miss Digital Imaging Services

Critical Knowledge

UM’s Quality Enhancement Plan Hones Analytical Thinking JANUARY 23, 2023 Critical thinking is the basis of a college education and a skill that lasts a lifetime. “When you think critically, you actually strengthen and develop neural networks in your brain,” said Josh Eyler, clinical assistant professor of teacher education and director of the Center for […]

2022 UM 3MT Winner Kendall Wontor

Meet 2022 Three Minute Thesis Winners

JANUARY 17, 2023 BY MARGARET SAVOIE FOR THE UM GRADUATE SCHOOL WINTER NEWSLETTER Drum roll please… the 2022 Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) overall winner is Kendall Wontor, a doctoral chemistry student! Wontor’s research focuses on microplastics in oysters. Wontor spent most of her childhood in Texas but most recently lived in Hawaii before relocating to […]

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 […]

Leigh Anna Hunt, who completed a doctorate in chemistry in May from UM, is a finalist for awards presented by the American Chemical Society and the Journal of Physical Chemistry. Submitted photo

Chemistry Doctoral Graduate Named Finalist for Prestigious Award

Leigh Anna Hunt honored at national graduate student awards symposium DECEMBER 28, 2022 BY GAYE SWAN A University of Mississippi doctoral student’s research that may help harness solar power earned her a spot as a finalist for awards presented by the American Chemical Society and the Journal of Physical Chemistry. Leigh Anna Hunt, of Grenada, […]


University Welcomes 13 Stamps Scholars for 2022

New cohort exemplifies academic excellence, leadership and exceptional character NOVEMBER 3, 2022 BY ERIN GARRETT With plans to travel the world, research health disparities and grow a nonprofit organization, incoming freshman Dymond Mitchell is thankful to be named one of 13 new Stamps scholars at the University of Mississippi. “This is so much more than […]

UM students

Largest-Ever Freshman Class Powers Overall Enrollment Growth

Student retention rate climbs to a record high of 89% NOVEMBER 2, 2022 BY ERIN GARRETT Drawn by robust academic programs, outstanding value and dedication to its students, 22,967 students enrolled across the University of Mississippi‘s seven campuses for fall 2022. Powered by a freshman class of 4,480, the largest in university history, total enrollment […]

A gift from the Kelly Gene Cook Charitable Foundation will help provide laboratory facilities in the Jim and Thomas Duff Center for Science and Technology Innovation at the University of Mississippi. One of the laboratories will be named for Kelly Gene Cook Sr.

STEM Facility Construction Nears Halfway Point

Largest academic building in university history to feature innovative lab spaces, TEAL classrooms OCTOBER 6, 2022 BY ERIN GARRETT Imagine standing in the atrium of the largest academic building in the history of the University of Mississippi‘s main campus. Looking up, four floors of laboratories and lecture halls are all dedicated to increasing STEM student […]

J. Steven Blake & James Meredith

Meredith Legacy Scholarship Established on 60th Anniversary of UM’s Integration

Blake creates award to honor civil rights leader, help new generations of students SEPTEMBER 23, 2022 BY TINA H. HAHN A new scholarship fund honors civil rights hero James Meredith just in time to celebrate the 60th anniversary of his 1962 integration of the University of Mississippi, a historic achievement that opened the door for […]

Chemistry professor Ryan Fortenberry is gaining new insights into how inorganic molecules help dust and small particles in space come together to eventually form planets. Photo by Thomas Graning/Ole Miss Digital Imaging Services

UM Research Focuses on Planet Formation

Astrochemist studies molecules that could create planet-building blocks AUGUST 31, 2022 BY ERIN GARRETT Carbon is the go-to element when studying molecules in space. It is necessary for life, easy to study and forms unusually strong bonds with other atoms. With more than 90 other naturally occurring elements in the periodic table, however, a University […]

A group of visiting students learn about James Meredith and his legacy at the university’s Civil Rights Monument. Photo by Robert Jordan/Ole Miss Digital Imaging Services

UM Awards Achieving Equity Grants

More than $56,000 awarded for seven proposals aimed at advancing diversity and inclusion AUGUST 23, 2022 BY EDWIN B. SMITH Following a rigorous and competitive application process, seven University of Mississippi investigator teams have been awarded internal funding for proposals aimed at advancing institutional diversity and inclusion. The Achieving Equity Grants Program was introduced in […]