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The Dr. Donald Summers Undergraduate Scholarship Endowment and the Dr. Donald Summers Graduate Student Fellowship Stipend Endowment will enable University of Mississippi students to pursue work in the Department of Physics and Astronomy. The late professor dedicated his professional life to teaching and conducting research.

Helping Students Reach for the Stars

Longtime Professor Honored by Assistance for Students AUGUST 26, 2022 BY TINA HAHN The late Donald Summers loved studying the universe and spent his career as a University of Mississippi professor teaching astronomy and conducting physics research. Now, a gift in his name will enable students to reach for the stars. The $200,000 gift from […]


The university will honor the Gertrude C. Ford Foundation and Chancellor Emeritus Robert C. Khayat with Concerto Awards in honor of their efforts to build the Gertrude C. Ford Center for the Performing Arts, which opened in 2002. Photo by Robert Jordan/Ole Miss Digital Imaging Services

UM to Dedicate Student Union Name, Present Concerto Award

AUGUST 24, 2022 BY TINA H. HAHN The University of Mississippi will formally dedicate the new name of the Ole Miss Student Union on Friday (Aug. 26), paying tribute to late Gertrude C. Ford and her foundation that continues to have a transformative impact on the Oxford and Medical Center campuses. The public is invited […]


Astrophotography: One Student’s Work to Bring Science to Everyone

AUGUST 22, 2022 BY MARGARET SAVOIE FOR THE UNIVERSITY OF MISSISSIPPI GRADUATE SCHOOL Sumeet Kulkarni took what started out as a hobby during the 2020 quarantine and turned it into an exhibit at the John Davis Williams Library at the University of Mississippi. “I think it was about April 2020, a month after we were […]


Co-chairs (from left) Sean and Leigh Anne Tuohy and Debra and retired Maj. Gen. Leon Collins are leading the steering committee for Now & Ever: The Campaign for Ole Miss, which has attracted $1.2 billion toward its $1.5 billion goal. Now & Ever is the largest fundraising campaign in the history of Mississippi universities. Fiscal year 2022 fundraising saw $150.6 million secured in private support. Photo by Bill Dabney/UM Foundation

Campaign Secures $1.2 Billion

Historic Now & Ever Well on its way to success AUGUST 8, 2022 BY TINA H. HAHN The largest fundraising campaign in the history of Mississippi universities, Now & Ever: The Campaign for Ole Miss, just secured $1.2 billion toward its $1.5 billion goal. Elevating the total is more than $150.6 million in gifts – […]


Physics Students Investigate Great Mysteries of the Universe

Undergraduates conduct particle physics research with Belle II experiment April 6, 2022 By Staff Report Four physics majors are working with a University of Mississippi professor and an international team of scientists to search for new particles and interactions that may help solve big questions about the universe. Along the way, they’re getting a head start on […]


Machines, Intimacy Topics for Two Hybrid Oxford Science Cafes

Computer science, neuroscience professors to present during in-person and virtual events March 15, 2022 By Edwin B. Smith Machine learning and animal/human intimacy bonds are the topics for two hybrid Oxford Science Cafes scheduled for March 22 and 24 by faculty researchers from the University of Mississippi and University of Texas. Both programs will be conducted in-person […]


The University of Mississippi table at the 88th conference of the American Physical Society Southeastern Section at Florida State University in Tallahassee in November 2021 are pictured from left to right: Gavin Davies, assistant professor working on experimental particle physics with the NOvA experiment; Sakul Mahat; Paul Gebeline; Wil Stacy; Matthew Mestayer; and Jake Bennett, assistant professor working on experimental particle physics with the Belle II experiment.

Physics Undergraduate Spotlight: Wil Stacy

Wil Stacy is a senior from Southaven, Mississippi, majoring in physics at the University of Mississippi. He is working with Jake Bennett, an experimental elementary particle physicist and assistant professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy, and presented his research findings as part of the Belle II experiment at the annual meeting of the […]


UM Researchers Sending Sonic Experiment to Space Station

Project aims to develop method to control fluids in zero gravity using sound waves February 17, 2022 By Mitchell Diggs A device that can move liquids without physical contact sounds like the stuff of science fiction, so perhaps it’s appropriate that a prototype of just such a marvel is headed to the International Space Station for an […]


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Secret Lives of Middle-Aged Stars Topic for Hybrid Oxford Science Cafe

Delta State professor to discuss life cycles, magnetism during Feb. 15 in-person/virtual event February 11, 2022 By Edwin B. Smith The life cycles and magnetism of stars is the topic for a hybrid Oxford Science Café scheduled for Tuesday (Feb. 15) and organized by University of Mississippi physics and astronomy faculty researchers. The program will be […]


Physics Undergraduate Spotlight: Matthew Mestayer

Matthew Mestayer, a physics major from Ocean Springs, Mississippi, in his junior year at the University of Mississippi, He is working with Jake Bennett, an experimental elementary particle physicist and assistant professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy, and presented his research findings as part of the Belle II experiment at the annual meeting […]