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University of Mississippi

Award-Winning Graduate Students

Each year departments present Graduate Achievement Awards at Honors Day.

Meghna Bhattacharya

Meghna Bhattacharya, PhD Physics 21

With her internationally recognized work on the Muon g-2 experiment at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (Fermilab), “Meghna Bhattacharya has been a …

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Redding

Zach Redding, PhD Psychology 21

For his master’s project, Redding studied pharmacological approaches for reducing attentional lapses in rats. This work was presented at the …

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Tisby

Jemar Tisby, PhD History 21

Author of the New York Times bestseller The Color of Compromise, president and cofounder of The Witness: A Black Christian Collective, and cohost of the podcast …

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Martha-Grace-Mize

Martha Grace Mize,
MA Anthropology & Southern Studies 21

“My research, focused on rural economic development efforts in the Alabama Black Belt, has only added to my plans to work with and for local communities in the …

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Serraes

Allison M. Serraes, PhD English 20

Serraes’ work with UM’s Prison-to-College Pipeline Program serving incarcerated students shaped her research and future plans. She received a …

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Sayontani-Sinha-Roy

Sayontani Sinha Roy,
PhD Chemistry & Biochemistry 21

“Finding cleaner alternative energy sources is the need of the hour. It is especially important for countries where the persistent energy crisis is the bottleneck of …

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Christian Leus, MA Southern Studies 21

2021 Graduate Achievement Award recipient As a student on the documentary track, Leus studies film and culture in the South. Her MA thesis, “What Remains: Telling the Story of Irene Taylor’s Murder,” is a six-part podcast accompanying a written paper examining a 1939 murder in her hometown of ...
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Allison M. Serraes

Allison M. Serraes, PhD English 20

2020 Graduate Achievement Award recipient Serraes’ work with UM’s Prison-to-College Pipeline Program serving incarcerated students shaped her research and future plans. She received a Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowship for her study of African American women’s literature in response to ...
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Naga Arjun Sakthivel

Naga Arjun Sakthivel, PhD Chemistry 20

2020 Graduate Achievement Award recipient Sakthivel joined Professor Amala Dass “to discover how many atoms of gold would make it metallic, as it increases from few atoms to bulk. We’ve discovered the smallest metallic gold nanoparticle with 279 gold atoms and 84 ligands. It is also the largest gold ...
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Jeffry Michael Pavlacic

Jeffery Michael Pavlacic, PhD Clinical Psychology 23

2020 Graduate Achievement Award recipient Pavlacic plans for a career conducting research and treating individuals suffering from PTSD and co-occurring disorders. He provides psychological assessments and interventions to adolescents and adults with a variety of psychological difficulties at ...
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Kevin Yi-Wei Lin

Kevin Yi-Wei Lin, PhD Physics 20

2020 Graduate Achievement Award recipient When not drumming for UM’s Collegians and Mississippian Jazz Ensemble, serving as Taiwanese Student Association president, or helping with department outreach, Lin helped devise an acoustic method to detect deterioration in a dry storage cask of spent ...
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