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Thirteen new honorees were inducted into The University of Southern Mississippi’s (USM) Graduate Student Hall of Fame during a special ceremony held Tuesday, April 2 on the Hattiesburg campus. As part of the celebration, portraits for each of the inductees were unveiled at McCain Library.

 

Morgan Bradwell alternately – and unapologetically – describes herself as a nerd and a unicorn.

 

But that’s a good combination for a graduate student who loves research and data.

 

So much so that the social work master’s student from Mobile was one of 13 graduate students honored by the University of Southern Mississippi (USM) on Tuesday, April 2. Bradwell and 11 others were inducted into the Graduate School Hall of Fame, while a 13th was named Graduate Assistant of the Year.

Five years ago, Andrea Watson got a call that she knew would come – but one she also was totally unprepared for.

 

As a registered foster parent with the Mississippi Department of Child Protection Services, Watson had agreed to take children ranging in age from newborns to 12 years old. The problem for Watson, a social work major from Vancleave at the University of Southern Mississippi – or any foster family – is that it’s nearly impossible to have all the supplies needed to care for a child on short notice.

The University of Southern Mississippi Advanced Trumpet Ensemble, along with Master of Music student Dayvison Costa, will compete in the Live Rounds at The National Trumpet Competition, to be held at The University of Kentucky next month.

Paige Whiting, a senior marketing major at The University of Southern Mississippi, has been hired as one of 10 leadership development consultants by Kappa Delta Sorority for the 2019-20 academic year.

 

Tiara Watson, a University of Southern Mississippi (USM) senior psychology major and student in its prestigious Honors College, has been chosen to present her research at the Southeastern Psychological Association Conference (SEPA) March 20-23 in Jacksonville, Florida.

Four members of The University of Southern Mississippi’s Eagle Connection student ambassador group had the opportunity to present at the Student Development Institute hosted by CIVSA (Collegiate Information and Visitor Services Association) earlier this month in Birmingham, Ala.

University of Southern Mississippi nursing student Tamecia Herbert has been awarded The Hiawatha and Eunice Northington Memorial Scholarship.

 

Herbert, a native of Crystal Springs, Miss., currently works at the G.V. (Sonny) Montgomery V.A. Medical Center in Jackson, Miss., as a registered nurse. The scholarship is administered through the Mississippi Nurses Foundation.

A University of Southern Mississippi social work professor and social work alumna were named field instructors of the year at the annual School of Social Work Fall Colloquium.

 

Dr. Susan Hrostowski, associate professor, and one of her former students, Alix Dearing of Merit Health Gulf Oaks in Biloxi, were honored at the November event, which also featured speakers from around the state and Alabama.

When Chrishasta Gardner walks across the stage Friday, Dec. 7 to receive her bachelor of social work degree from The University of Southern Mississippi, there are two things she is sure of. She will be the first graduate in Mississippi to earn a minor in child advocacy studies. And her eyes will not be dry.

University of Southern Mississippi film student Kyle Churchwell knew he had a compelling idea for national contest. He had no way of knowing how impactful his short video would become.

The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) Art & Design program presents its Senior Show in Sculpture starting on Nov. 27 and running until Dec. 7 in the Gallery of Art and Design. An opening reception to this free event will be held on Nov. 27 at 6 p.m.

Ashleigh Bristol, a doctoral student in polymer science and engineering, captured the Grand Champion award in the University of Southern Mississippi’s annual Three-Minute Thesis (3MT) competition held last week on the Hattiesburg campus.

 

The competition invites graduate students to describe the significance of their thesis or dissertation to a general audience in three minutes or less.

Continuing its tradition of excellence, The University of Southern Mississippi has produced a record 13 Gilman scholars over the past year. This brings the University’s total of Gilman Scholarships over the past three years to 29, far and away the state’s leader in that prestigious category.

Jonathan Brent, a University of Southern Mississippi senior accounting student and honors scholar, has accepted a 10-week internship with KPMG in Dallas, Texas, beginning in January. 

 

University of Southern Mississippi graduate student Kameshia Mays has been awarded a prestigious, merit-based scholarship from the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB) for 2018-19. Mays is currently pursuing her Masters of Public Accounting degree.

 

University of Southern Mississippi students Elizabeth Lee Karajman of Jackson, Miss.; Blake Dunaway of Summit, Miss.; and McKayla Butler of Harrisville, Miss., have been selected to participate in the undergraduate portion of the Mississippi Rural Dentists Scholarship Program (MRDSP).

The Epsilon Delta Chapter of Chi Omega at The University of Southern Mississippi capped off an impressive 2017-18 academic year by capturing the prestigious Founders’ Cup presented to the organization’s top-5 performing chapters. Winning chapters are announced every two years.

Madison Pike, a senior at The University of Southern Mississippi and a native of Philadelphia, Miss., has been selected to participate in the pre-matriculation portion of the Mississippi Rural Physicians Scholarship Program (MRPSP).

Thirteen students at The University of Southern Mississippi have been selected to receive Pathway Scholarships that will help finance summer internships at locations throughout the United States. The scholarships range from $1,000 - $3,000.

The University of Southern Mississippi’s polymer program has a renowned reputation for cultivating some of the country’s brightest young research scholars. As the 2017-18 academic year winds down, five more high-achieving polymer students have earned distinction from several national scholarship programs.

 

The honorees include senior William "Blake" Martin; senior Sarah Swilley; senior Nathaniel Prine; sophomore Erin Crater; and sophomore Michael Sandoz.

Four University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park students won honorable mention recognition for their presentation at the Sigma Tau Delta International Convention held last month in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Two University of Southern Mississippi students recently were awarded study abroad grants worth $1,000 each from The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi — the nation's oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines. The students are part of a select group of 50 students nationwide to receive the award.

The University of Southern Mississippi Graduate School announced its two most prestigious awards at the Susan A. Siltanen Graduate Student Research Symposium Awards Luncheon held March 26 on the Hattiesburg campus.