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The UM Graduate Student Council Research Fund has awarded $1,000 grants to 21 students to support their research and creative projects over the coming year. Photo by Robert Jordan/Ole Miss

Graduate Students Receive Grants for Research Efforts

Competitive awards help burgeoning researchers learn critical skills, develop projects MAY 20, 2019 BY SHEA STEWART Twenty-one University of Mississippi graduate students have been awarded Graduate Student Council Research Fund grants to support their research, study and creative scholarship. The $1,000 competitive research grants, funded by the UM Graduate School and Office of Research and Sponsored Programs, are […]

James, Dottie and Bonnie Reid.

For Some in Regalia, This Isn’t Just Another Commencement

Several administrators and professors have children graduating from UM this year MAY 11, 2019  BY MICHAEL NEWSOM The Rocks David Rock, dean of the School of Education, will hand his daughter, Carly Rock, a bachelor’s degree in secondary chemistry education at graduation, and she’ll get another one in chemistry. A few days ahead of the event, he […]

Ryan Upshaw

Reaping the University’s Richest Rewards

Journey to Commencement: Ryan Upshaw earns doctorate while recruiting and mentoring undergraduate students   APRIL 25, 2019 BY EDWIN SMITH Over the past 12 years, Ryan Upshaw has experienced several memorable moments at the University of Mississippi. The assistant dean of engineering has earned both his bachelor’s (BA psychology ’06) and master’s (MA education ’08) […]

One Call Led to Fulfilling a College Dream

Journey to Commencement: Madison Varner lauds impact of Ole Miss First Scholarship This story is part of the “Journey to Commencement” series that highlights University of Mississippi students and their academic and personal journeys from college student to college graduate. APRIL 29, 2019 BY TINA HAHN & LISA STONE Growing up, Madison Varner knew the […]

Kay Cochran and artist Jason Bouldin present Sen. Thad Cochran’s portrait that has been installed in the University of Mississippi research center bearing the senator’s name. Photo by Thomas Graning/

Cochran Portrait Unveiled at University

Artist Jason Bouldin sought to capture former senator’s graciousness APRIL 9, 2019 BY EMILY HOWORTH A portrait of former U.S. Senator Thad Cochran, the nation’s 10th-longest serving senator and a University of Mississippi alumnus, was installed Monday (April 8) in the university’s Thad Cochran Research Center. The portrait commemorates Cochran’s service to Mississippi and his […]

UM psychology professor John Young (left) talks with Interim Chancellor Larry Sparks after receiving the 2019 Elsie M. Hood Teacher of the Year Thursday evening (April 4) at Honors Convocation. Photo by Kevin Bain/Ole Miss

Glowing Reviews Land Elsie Hood Award for Student Favorite

Psychology professor John Young is UM’s 2019 Teacher of the Year APRIL 5, 2019 BY MICHAEL NEWSOM Glowing, superlative-filled recommendation letters paint the picture of a professor who “pours his heart and soul into his work.” Those comments from University of Mississippi students have led to John Young, associate professor of psychology, being named the […]

Oxford Conference for the Book Welcomes Authors for 26th Year

Readings, panel discussions and lectures are free and open to the public MARCH 4, 2019 BY REBECCA LAUCK CLEARY What do a championship poker player, the U.S.-Mexico border controversy and the Appalachian South have in common? They are all part of this year’s Oxford Conference for the Book, set for March 27-29 at the University […]

Douglass Sullivan-Gonzalez (left), dean of the UM Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College, presents the 2019 Barksdale Award to Maureen Maher during the annual spring Honors Convocation. Photo by Kevin Bain/

Honors College Student Receives Barksdale Award

Maureen Maher gets $5,000 to fulfill dream of capturing national parks employees’ perspectives FEBRUARY 21, 2019 BY EDWIN B. SMITH A junior psychology major in the Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College at the University of Mississippi will get to fulfill her dream to visit 12 national parks and interview seasonal workers this summer, all thanks […]

Susan and Sanford Thomas

Highlighting Research of Liberal Arts Professors

Thomas Couple Establishes Research Award Endowment February 14, 2019 By Mary Stanton Knight Sanford and Susan Thomas of Memphis, Tennessee, have made a gift of $50,000 to the University of Mississippi, establishing a faculty research award endowment in the College of Liberal Arts that reflects the value they place on academics. The Sanford and Susan Thomas […]

Embry scholar Nikyra Jenkins has known she wanted to attend Ole Miss since seventh grade.

Jenkins Receives Award Created in Football Player’s Memory

EMBRY LEGACY CONTINUES DECEMBER 5, 2018 BY ELLE SNODGRASS It has been 20 years since University of Mississippi student-athlete Joey Embry tragically died in a drowning accident, yet his legacy is continually expanded among students whose scholarships bear his name. “I think it’s a great idea to start a scholarship in the name of somebody […]