Two University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park undergraduates have been awarded grants to advance their research ideas through the Eagle Scholar Program for Undergraduate Research (Eagle SPUR).
The program is supported by the Office of the Vice President for Research and Drapeau Center for Undergraduate Research, and awards up to $1,000 for approved scholarly or creative projects in collaboration with a faculty mentor. Recipients, whose proposals are approved by a Drapeau Center for Undergraduate Research steering committee, have up to one year to present their findings in a scholarly context, such as a conference paper or publication.
Eagle SPUR scholars at USM Gulf Park, their major, hometown, mentors and research projects include:
*Rachael Kunz, English literature with licensure, Gulfport (Rebecca Powell) ‘Teaching Literature in Mississippi: Who Decides and Why?’
*Michael R. Smith, management/human resources, Gulfport (Jacob Breland), ‘The Public Opinion of Violence in the Mississippi Gulf Coast Region.’
The Drapeau Center for Undergraduate Research was established in 2011. Its mission is the enhancement of the undergraduate experience through the promotion and support of student-faculty collaborations in research, creative projects and scholarship. For more information, visit http://www.usm.edu/research/center-undergraduate-research.