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Faculty members from the UM College of Liberal Arts who have been recognized for their creative, research and scholarly activity during the 2020-21 academic year are (top, from left) Laura Dixon, Thái Hoàng Lê and Stephanie Miller, and (bottom, from left) Aimee Nezhukumatathil, Sarah Hennigan and Jacqueline DiBiasie-Sammons.

Professors Honored for Creative Research

College of Liberal Arts faculty recognized during spring semester JUNE 28, 2021 BY STAFF REPORT Six faculty members in the University of Mississippi College of Liberal Arts have been recognized for their creative, research and scholarly activity during the 2020-21 academic year. Four professors received the Dr. Mike L. Edmonds New Scholar Award for junior […]


UM assistant professor of mathematics Thái Hoàng Lê holds a gold medal in International Math Olympiad, which he won as a high school student on the Vietnam team in 1999. Photo by Megan Wolfe

Faculty Focus: Thái Hoàng Lê

An assistant professor of mathematics at the University of Mississippi, Thái Hoàng Lê received the 2021 Dr. Mike L. Edmonds New Scholar Award in the Natural Sciences and Mathematics category for the College of Liberal Arts. Most of his research lies in the fields of analytic and combinatorial number theory with tools from analysis such […]


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 […]


UM Alumni Offer Wise Words to New Graduates

Ahead of Commencement exercises, 7 Ole Miss alumni share guidance and encouragement April 28, 2021 by Emily Howorth As the Classes of 2020 and 2021 celebrate Commencement in early May, they’ll complete an exciting journey, begin their next chapters and join the good company of distinguished alumni. The University of Mississippi is a place where […]


Two UM Students Selected for Fellowship Program

Jonathan Dabel, Je’Von D. Franklin to work with initiative aimed at solving education challenges March 24, 2021 by Edwin B. Smith Two University of Mississippi students have been chosen to participate in an inaugural national network program designed to use technology to innovate teaching and learning with the goal of improving outcomes for Black, Latino […]


Elizabeth McDowell, a mathematics major from Hattiesburg, hopes to attend law school this fall after graduating from Ole Miss. She says the God at the Speed of Light Scholarship created by Dr. T. Lee Baumann made it possible for her to afford college. Photo by Kevin Bain/Ole Miss Digital Imaging Services

Power of Continued Support

Commitment to Growing Endowment Benefits Mississippi Students January 25, 2021 by Mary Stanton Knight Years after earning medical certifications in internal medicine, geriatrics and medical management, Dr. T. Lee Baumann turned his years of quantum physics notes into the best-selling book God at the Speed of Light, with profits impacting many University of Mississippi students. […]


Archive Photo: Ayla Gafni, UM assistant professor of mathematics, has earned a prestigious Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Award to further her mathematics research and classroom instruction. Photo by Robert Jordan/Ole Miss Digital Imaging Services

Mathematics Professor Wins Competitive Research Award

Ayla Gafni will use grant to further her analytic number theory studies OCTOBER 27, 2020 BY SHEA STEWART Ayla Gafni views the solving of complex mathematical problems as deciphering a puzzle or searching for the solution to a centuries-old mystery. The University of Mississippi mathematics professor fell in love with the abstract science of numbers, […]


Beloved UM administrator Don Cole overcame several obstacles to lead positive change across the university. Photo by Robert Jordan/Ole Miss Digital Imaging Services

Student Services Center Renamed to Honor Donald Cole

IHL approves renaming building to honor 50 years of advocacy for education and inclusiveness October 19, 2020 by Staff Report The University of Mississippi will rename a major campus building in honor of Donald R. Cole, a former student activist who returned to Ole Miss as a caring mentor and administrator for decades. The Mississippi […]


National Science Foundation Names Math Professor as Program Director

Sandra Spiroff will bring university’s academic innovation to government agency OCTOBER 8, 2020 BY ABIGAIL MEISEL The National Science Foundation, the nation’s premier federal agency for the promotion of the progress of science, has appointed Sandra Spiroff, a University of Mississippi professor of mathematics, as program director in the Division of Mathematical Sciences. This division […]


Sophie Husslein, an anthropology and German major, worked on a proposal titled ‘Archaeological Analysis of an Early Mississippian Frontier Structure in Southwestern Virginia’ as part of the UM Summer Undergraduate Research Experience.

UM Program Opens Doors to Undergraduate Research, Creative Achievement

Eleven students complete fellowships through summer research program AUGUST 28, 2020 BY SHEA STEWART From exploring new melanoma detection methods to analyzing early Mississippian frontier structures, 11 University of Mississippi undergraduate students advanced their research and creative achievement pursuits this summer thanks to a university fellowship program. As fellows of the Summer Undergraduate Research Experience […]