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Southern Miss Students Share Research at Undergraduate Symposium

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Doressa Williams, a senior biological sciences major from Jackson, Miss, discusses her research, “Comparative Morphometrics of Flowers of Two Species of Phlox: P. hirsute and P. speciose” with Southern Miss Vice President for Research Gordon Cannon during the Undergraduate Symposium on Research and Creative Activity at USM April 21.

The University of Southern Mississippi celebrated the scholarly work of its students April 21 when it hosted the annual Undergraduate Symposium on Research and Creative Activity. Supported by Southern Miss alumnus Donald Drapeau, the event showcased undergraduate student research in a wide array of disciplines through oral and poster presentations, as well as creative and performance art.

Doressa Williams, a senior biological sciences major from Jackson, Miss. shared her research, “Comparative Morphometrics of Flowers of Two Species of Phlox: P. hirsute and P. speciose” during the event’s poster presentations.

“It feels good to present your work, and have people interested in what you’re doing,” Williams said. “It’s also good for the scientific community to talk to each other through events like this.”

Dr. Katharine Holloway, a Laurel, Miss. native and USM alumna who is currently principal scientist with GFree Bio, LLC, served as plenary speaker for the symposium. A student in the USM Honors College, Dr. Holloway gained international recognition for her pioneering research on treatment for HIV/AIDS during a 30-year career with the pharmaceutical industry giant Merck.
  
“Stay curious, and use your curiosity to direct your career and your life,” was Holloway’s message for symposium participants, and for all USM students conducting research.

The annual Undergraduate Symposium on Research and Creative Activity is presented by the USM Drapeau Center for Undergraduate Research. For more information about the center and undergraduate research at USM, visit https://www.usm.edu/research/center-overview. For information about the Southern Miss Honors College, visit https://www.usm.edu/honors (Southern Miss photos by Kelly Dunn and David Tisdale).