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Racheal Embry, a senior psychology major from Olive Branch, is president of the First-Generation Student Network

Annual First-Generation College Student Celebration Begins Nov. 7

First-gen alumni to return to campus for panel, parties and more OCTOBER 30, 2023 BY CLARA TURNAGE The University of Mississippi kicks off national First-Generation College Student Week on Nov. 7 with a panel discussion between alumni and students, a celebration on the Union Plaza and opportunities for students to learn about ways the university […]

Postpartum Distress

Researchers Link Anxiety Sensitivity to Postpartum Distress

Simple interventions during pregnancy could ease postpartum depression, parental distress AUGUST 2, 2023 BY ERIN GARRETT One in eight women who have recently given birth will experience postpartum depression symptoms, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Researchers in the University of Mississippi‘s Department of Psychology have identified a prenatal risk factor that, […]

Phi Theta Kappa 2023

Repeating Success, Setting Record

University makes Phi Theta Kappa Transfer Student Honor Roll for eighth consecutive year JULY 11, 2023 BY EDWIN B. SMITH For the eighth consecutive year, Phi Theta Kappa, a national honor society, has recognized the University of Mississippi for its dedication to supporting transfer students. UM is among fewer than 200 colleges and universities on […]


Five Named SEC Emerging Scholars at UM

Program offers professional development, networking opportunities JUNE 15, 2023 BY ERIN GARRETT Three University of Mississippi doctoral students and two postdoctoral researchers have been selected as SEC Emerging Scholars.  The 2023-24 scholars are doctoral students Adam Beam, of Mira Loma, California; Miguel De Leon, of Houston, Texas; and Purnima Narayan, of Pimpri, Pune, Maharashtra, India; […]

NSF fellows

Record Number of UM Students Land NSF Research Fellowships

Prestigious awards provide three years of support for graduate studies MAY 31, 2023 BY DEBBIE NELSON A record five University of Mississippi students have been selected for awards in the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program. The 2023 fellows include three graduating seniors – Ethan C. Lambert, of Kossuth; Mary Beth Vanlandingham, from Florence; […]

Heidi Myers takes a senior photo on the field at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium. Submitted photo

Journey to Commencement—The Definition of Determination

Heidi Myers wills her way through a semester with cancer. MAY 8, 2023 BY BENITA WHITEHORN Heidi Myers took 15 hours of classes plus a lab during the spring semester of her sophomore year at the University of Mississippi. No big deal, right? The impressive part is she did it while undergoing chemotherapy, and she […]

Matt Knerr

Journey to Commencement—Ready for the World

Matt Knerr excelled in every aspect of university life and beyond. MAY 5, 2023  BY EDWIN B. SMITH Matt Knerr was already an accomplished student before enrolling at the University of Mississippi in 2019. To say he built on those accomplishments during his four years at UM would be an understatement. A member of the […]

Photo by Kevin Bain/Ole Miss

University Celebrates Employee, Community Service

Annual program recognizes achievements in research, learning, service and scholarship APRIL 20, 2023 BY EDWIN B. SMITH The University of Mississippi Division of Diversity and Community Engagement recognized outstanding accomplishments in community-engaged research, learning, service and scholarship Tuesday (April 18) during its annual Celebration of Service. Honors presented included the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Service Award, the Excellence in […]

Samuel and Freda Narh

Award-Winning Authors Aim to Inspire Positive Values in Children

UM alumni release second book, offer to help other aspiring authors FEBRUARY 26, 2023 BY CIARA WALKER WILLIAMS University of Mississippi alumni and co-authors Samuel and Freda Narh are on a mission to create children’s books that introduce diverse cultures and spark meaningful conversations. The husband-and-wife team released their second book, “Milko,” about a young […]

Psychology professor Laura Johnson (center) has a long history of working with the Jane Goodall Institute, where she has participated in projects that used photography and community mapping to raise awareness and spur community action. Photo courtesy Cady Herring

Professor, Students Research Strengths Among Youth in Africa

Laura Johnson partners with Jane Goodall Institute’s Roots & Shoots program FEBRUARY 23, 2023 BY ERIN GARRETT An expert on positive youth development, University of Mississippi psychology professor Laura Johnson is partnering with the Jane Goodall Institute, or JGI, to affect change among young people across countries in Africa. Johnson, who has a long history […]