Six UM Students Accepted into Rural Physician Scholarship Program

Scholars agree to serve in small Mississippi communities following graduation

JACKSON, Miss. – Four University of Mississippi students and two recent graduates have been selected to participate in the undergraduate portion of the Mississippi Rural Physicians Scholarship Program. The students are: Katelyn Barnes, daughter of Donna Barnes and the late Scotty Barnes, of Tishomingo, a junior majoring in biological sciences Riley Brown, daughter of OatisRead the story …

Following in Their Footsteps

Sistrunk triplets discover paths to health care careers through Ole Miss

OXFORD, Miss. – Ann Weston, Katherine and Will Sistrunk have gone their separate ways for the first time ever. The Springfield, Missouri, triplets and University of Mississippi graduates have been attached at the hip their whole lives, including their time at Ole Miss. Despite three different paths forward, the trio remain connected through their individualRead the story …

Biology Graduate Lands Internship Studying Western Plant Populations

Casey Gill will work with the U.S. Geological Survey, U.S. Bureau of Land Management in Arizona

OXFORD, Miss. – A recent University of Mississippi alumna who assisted with biological research at the local level has been awarded a prestigious summer internship with the U.S. Geological Survey and the U.S. Bureau of Land Management. Casey Gill, who received her bachelor’s degree in biological sciences May 11, has been accepted into the 2019Read the story …

Promoting Excellence in Lab Instruction

Former UM biology professor pays tribute to late wife through gift

OXFORD, Miss. – A recent major gift from Will St. Amand, University of Mississippi professor emeritus of biology, establishes an award designed to identify and provide support for higher education instruction in introductory-level biology. Additionally, the Georgia St. Amand Laboratory Teaching Assistant Award in Biology Endowment pays tribute to the donor’s late wife. “I amRead the story …

Three Liberal Arts Professors Honored for Excellence in Teaching

Award recipients from departments of Modern Languages, Chemistry and Biochemistry, and Biology

OXFORD, Miss. – Three University of Mississippi professors were honored Friday (May 10) by the College of Liberal Arts for their excellence in teaching. Heather J. Allen, associate professor of modern languages, received the Howell Family Outstanding Teacher of the Year Award. Named after alumni donors Dr. Norris Howell (BS 75) and Lynne Thomas HowellRead the story …

Beating the Odds

Journey to Commencement: First-gen student Cellas Hayes seizes opportunities and sets sights on pharmacy doctorate

Coming from a single-parent household in a small, rural Mississippi town, the odds are that Cellas Hayes should not have graduated from high school, much less college. The odds are that as a first-generation college student, Cellas cannot get a Ph.D. The funny thing about odds, though, is that maybe they are meant to beRead the story …

Two Professors Seek to Improve State STEM Success

Erik Hom, Jonah Jurss receive distinguished CAREER Award from National Science Foundation

OXFORD, Miss. – Two University of Mississippi professors plan to use portions of their recent National Science Foundation awards to further STEM education in the state. Erik Hom, assistant professor of biology, and Jonah Jurss, assistant professor of chemistry and biochemistry, each garnered a prestigious Faculty Early Career Development, or CAREER, Program Award this semester from the NSF. The awardsRead the story …

Neuroscience Research Displayed During Poster Competition

Five UM students present award-winning entries at recent event

OXFORD, Miss. – The recent Neuroscience Research Showcase and Brain Awareness Week events at the University of Mississippi included a poster competition that brought out the best and brightest students to shine light on neurosciences and other related fields. Eighteen graduate and undergraduate students presented posters as part of the Neuroscience Research Showcase. Associated seminarsRead the story …

How Do Bacteria Handle Microgravity?

UM professor's research investigates controlling microorganisms in space

OXFORD, Miss. – A University of Mississippi professor soon will be sending bacteria to space with the aim of improving future spaceflights. Patrick Curtis, an associate professor of biology, has been awarded an International Space Station, or ISS, Flight Opportunity Award, which will send bacteria grown in his UM laboratory to the space station in the comingRead the story …

Neuroscientist is Keynote Speaker for Brain Awareness Week

Vanderbilt assistant professor Erin Calipari to address opioid addiction

OXFORD, Miss. – A leading neuroscientist will discuss the impact of opioids and other drugs on the human brain during Brain Awareness Week, set for Feb. 19-21, at the University of Mississippi. Erin Calipari, assistant professor in the Department of Pharmacology at the Vanderbilt University Brain Institute, is the keynote speaker for the first twoRead the story …