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Chemistry & Biochemistry

UM junior Nicholas Kruse, a chemistry and physics major from St. Louis, is studying the chemical makeup of e-cigarette fluids to help users assess the safety of vaping. Submitted photo

Venturing into Vaping

Budding UM researcher pulls back the curtain on e-cigarettes SEPTEMBER 23, 2020 BY KATHERINE ALBRITTON What’s actually in the electronic cigarettes you’ve been smoking as a “safe” alternative to tobacco? With much speculation surrounding the safety of e-cigarettes over the past few years, University of Mississippi junior Nicholas Kruse wanted to determine whether top e-cigarette […]


Mallory Loe, a graduate of the UM Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College, completed a research fellowship with the HST-Wellman Summer Institute for Biomedical Optics. Submitted photo

The COVID-19 Cohort

Recent UM graduates enter medical school during a global pandemic September 10, 2020 by Abigail Meisel This summer, 104 members of the University of Mississippi class of 2020 are entering medical school during a historic time, a global pandemic of COVID-19. Because of safety protocols, they’re missing out on milestone events, such as the traditional […]


Volunteers, including University of Mississippi students, help with a mobile food distribution in Lexington organized by the Lexington Food Pantry. Through the university’s McLean Institute for Public Service and Community Engagement, several students spent the summer engaged in communities across the state. Submitted photo

McLean Interns Empower Communities Through Challenging Times

Ole Miss students spend summer engaging in public service in north Mississippi communities September 2, 2020 by Laura Martin Though COVID-19 has reconstructed people’s lives and created many uncertainties, the community engagement work of the McLean Institute for Public Service and Community Engagement at the University of Mississippi remains constant. This summer, Ole Miss students, […]


UM graduate students Austin Dorris (left) and Leigh Anna Hunt operate a spectrometer in Nathan Hammer’s laboratory in Coulter Hall. Photo by Nathan Hammer/UM Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

Chemistry Professors Receive NSF Award to Explore Lower-Energy Light

Research could lead to better-performing electronic devices, new applications AUGUST 24, 2020 BY SHEA STEWART Two University of Mississippi professors have received a more-than-$500,000 National Science Foundation award to further explore using lower-energy light to drive systems that will improve daily life. With hundreds of devices working by absorbing light and then using that energy, […]


Honors College Alumna Wins National Portz Scholarship

Genevieve Verville’s research could improve development, effectiveness of new drugs AUGUST 20, 2020 BY EDWIN B. SMITH A recent graduate of the Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College at the University of Mississippi has been awarded a prestigious scholarship from the National Collegiate Honors Council. Genevieve Verville, a May 2020 chemistry graduate with minors in mathematics, […]


UM sophomore Suzanne Crull and her steed Ready Aim Afire J placed in the Top 5 of the Arabian Country English Pleasure Junior-Owner-To-Ride category of the 2019 Arabian Horse Association Region 9 competition. Submitted photo

UM Sophomore and Her Steeds Stealing Shows

Suzanne Crull is winning top honors in Arabian Horse Association competitions August 13, 2020 by Edwin B. Smith Since she was 7, Suzanne Crull has loved horses and horseback riding. As a young adult, the University of Mississippi sophomore and her steeds have become prize-winning regulars in regional and national Arabian Horse Association competitions. The […]


UM students (above) participate in a roundtable discussion with Mississippi Lt. Gov. Delbert Hosemann (center) concerning the state’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The students were taking part in online forums with local, state, national and international leaders and researchers as part of the UM StudyUSA course Chem 393: Science and Public Policy. Screenhot by Laura Antonow/Division of Outreach and Continuing Education

Virtual StudyUSA Program Helps Connect Students with Industry Leaders

Online info session scheduled July 30 for UM faculty to explore new opportunities JULY 25, 2020 BY PAM STARLING When Washington, D.C., became a COVID-19 hotspot late this spring, University of Mississippi chemistry professor Randy Wadkins decided to reimagine how he could safely facilitate engaging conversations among students, government leaders and scientists around the world […]


Students Recognized for Commitment to University

Columns Society members presented annual awards for dedication APRIL 28, 2020 BY STAFF REPORT University of Mississippi students have been honored as part of their affiliation with the Columns Society to recognize their commitment to serving the institution. Members of the Columns Society serve as the official hosts and hostesses for the university, and each […]


Six Freshmen Receive ODK Leadership Awards

Prestigious honor recognizes outstanding skills and community involvement MAY 5, 2020 BY EDWIN B. SMITH Six University of Mississippi students are recipients of the annual Omicron Delta Kappa Freshman Leadership Awards. The honors were created in 2010 to identify and recognize outstanding freshman leaders and community servants. Although the society was unable to present this […]


2019-20 Hall of Fame

Ten Seniors Named 2019-20 UM Hall of Fame Inductees

UM students honored for service, achievement and potential for success APRIL 24, 2020 BY EDWIN B. SMITH Ten University of Mississippi seniors have been inducted into the university’s 2019-20 Hall of Fame, one of the highest honors afforded to students at UM. The inductees were selected by a committee in accordance with policy developed by […]