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Several members of the Ole Miss First Scholarship program visit the Emmett Till Interpretive Center in Sumner, Mississippi. Among those participating in the field trip are (from left) Daniel Reed, OMF graduate assistant, Benjamin Saulsberry, museum director of the Interpretive Center, six OMF scholars – Edward Puckett, Haley Morgan, John Michael Walker, Katie Davis, Sarah Amitin and Francesca Patawaran – and Patrick Weems, executive director of the Emmett Till Interpretive Center.

Ole Miss First—It’s a Family Matter

Program Aims to Provide Scholarships for Deserving Students May 12, 2021 By Jonathan Scott Family. It’s the one word that best describes the Ole Miss First Scholarship (OMF) program. That was also the word that kept returning to the mind of Chancellor Emeritus Robert Khayat 20 years ago when he proposed establishing a new scholarship […]


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Isom Center Names 2021-23 Fellows

Fellowship emphasizes interdepartmental collaboration in gender and sexuality research May 6, 2021 by JB Clark The Sarah Isom Center for Women and Gender Studies has awarded grants to six University of Mississippi faculty members for their ongoing research and academic efforts in the areas of gender and sexuality.The recipients – Yvette Butler, Jaye Davidson, Tyler […]


Greg Tschumper, professor and chair of chemistry and biochemistry, has been awarded the university’s Distinguished Research and Creative Achievement Award for 2021. Photo by Kevin Bain/Ole Miss Digital Imaging Services

Greg Tschumper Wins Top Research Award

Professor known for his research into theoretical and computational chemistry April 30, 2021 by Shea Stewart A big year just got much bigger for Greg Tschumper. The University of Mississippi chair and professor of chemistry and biochemistry was named the winner of the university’s Distinguished Research and Creative Achievement Award on Friday (April 30) during […]


Jay Watson speaks at the unveiling of the William Faulkner marker on the Mississippi Writers Trail at Rowan Oak in 2019. Watson, UM Howry Professor of Faulkner Studies and professor of English, has been appointed as a Distinguished Professor by the university. Photo by Thomas Graning/Ole Miss Digital Imaging Services

Two Faculty Members Appointed as Distinguished Professors

Alan Gross, Jay Watson honored for their teaching, research and service April 30, 2021 by Shea Stewart Two respected University of Mississippi professors with a combined total of more than 65 years of teaching, research and service have been appointed Distinguished Professors by the university. Alan Gross, professor of psychology, and Jay Watson, Howry Professor […]


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Overlooking Subtraction

Psychology study finds people prefer adding tasks, items when making changes April 29, 2021 by Shea Stewart When it comes to improving objects, ideas or situations, such as with home upgrades or recipes, people tend to add to their workload rather than subtract when faced with a variety of improvement problems. An exploration of that […]


Yongjian Qiu, a UM assistant professor of biology, is studying a plant gene that could help solve a problem caused by warming global temperatures. Qiu’s work in this field is the subject of a new Nature Communications paper. Submitted photo

Helping Crops Combat Climate Change

UM researcher explores effects of climate change on plant growth April 26, 2021 by Shea Stewart A University of Mississippi biology professor’s research that examines challenges facing crop productivity caused by global climate change is attracting attention. Yongjian Qiu, an assistant professor of biology, is studying a plant gene that could help solve a problem […]


Adrienne Park, UM instructor of piano, prepares for a recent performance of ‘Lily of the Valley,’ a piano prelude she commissioned from composer Stephanie Ann Boyd. Photo by Logan Kirkland/ Ole Miss Digital Imaging Services

Music Faculty Widen the Musical Canon by Commissioning New Works

Projects bring female voices, ideas and compositions to audiences April 21, 2021 by Lynn Adams Wilkins Commissioning a new work of music is one of the most optimistic, creative things a musician can do. She enters into a relationship with the composer as the piece is created and works from a more deeply personal place […]


Tracy Case Koslowski, associate director of the UM Intensive English Program, has been selected by the U.S. Department of State for a six-week English language specialist virtual project. She plans to work with a team to design webinars to help English educators in the vicinity of Chengdu, China, incorporate critical thinking skill instruction into their courses. Photo by Thomas Graning/Ole Miss Digital Imaging Services

Educator Selected for Prestigious English Language Project

Tracy Koslowski is among 200 chosen by State Department to give virtual instruction in China April 20, 2021 by Edwin B. Smith A University of Mississippi educator has been selected by the U.S. Department of State for a six-week English language specialist virtual project focusing on integrating critical thinking into the English-as-a-foreign-language classroom in China. […]


English professor and author Aimee Nezhukumatathil’s ‘World of Wonders: World of Wonders: In Praise of Fireflies, Whale Sharks, and Other Astonishments,’ which has drawn widespread praise, is the university’s 2021 Common Reading Experience selection. Submitted photo

‘World of Wonders’ Chosen for 2021 Common Reading Experience

Community to focus on Aimee Nezhukumatathil’s acclaimed collection of essays on the outdoors April 19, 2021 by Michael Newsom The University of Mississippi‘s 2021 Common Reading Experience will focus on “World of Wonders: In Praise of Fireflies, Whale Sharks, and Other Astonishments,” a celebrated new collection of essays by Aimee Nezhukumatathil, UM professor of English […]


A group of Muon g-2 experiment particle storage rings at the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory. Photo courtesy Fermilab

Wobbling the Foundations of the Universe

UM researchers part of experiment that finds strong evidence of undiscovered particles, forces April 14, 2021 by Shea Stewart University of Mississippi researchers are playing a key role in a groundbreaking search for undiscovered forms of matter and energy that could unlock an exciting new era of physics. On April 7, researchers working at the […]