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University of Southern Mississippi students Christiana Whitley and Lakelyn Taylor have been awarded prestigious study abroad grants from the international honor society Phi Kappa Phi that will take them to France and Italy, respectively.

The University of Southern Mississippi’s popular rallying cry: “To the Top!” represents a fitting description for the escalating academic career of recent University graduate Katherine “Kati” Perry.

 

Perry, a Moss Point, Miss., native, has notched her name in the Southern Miss history books as the University’s first Fulbright U.S. Student since 1986. The 2015 Honors College graduate has been selected for an English Teaching Assistantship in Spain for the 2016-17 year.

 

A University of Southern Mississippi alumna who is an executive with a prominent national alternative fuel company is the guest speaker for USM’s 2016 Undergraduate Symposium on Research and Creative Activity.

University of Southern Mississippi graduate students Jeremy Johnson and Grover Brown are following in a lengthy line of successful scholarship winners at the University as recipients of 2016 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships.

 

The fellowships cover three years of funding. Students receive a $34,000 stipend every year as well as a $12,000 cost of attendance allowance tenable at any university in the country. NSF Graduate Research Fellows are selected on the basis of their academic merit as well as their potential for broader impact on the greater scientific community and society as a whole.

Perry Robinson of Jackson, Miss., a senior broadcast journalism major at The University of Southern Mississippi, was recently honored by Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity with his selection as Junior Vice Polemarch for the Mighty Southwestern Province at the organization’s 80th Southwestern Provincial Meeting. The Kappa Iota Chapter of the USM fraternity was also recipient of its Large Chapter of the Year award for the fourth straight year.

Four University of Southern Mississippi Greek Life students were selected recently by their national headquarters to serve as national consultants for the 2016-2017 year. Phoenix Pope of Pi Beta Phi and Sarah Beth Selph of Alpha Delta Pi have been chosen by their respective sororities to serve as traveling consultants for the next school year. Recent alumni Elena Lofton of Delta Gamma and Emily Radcliffe of Phi Mu were selected to serve as second-year consultants for their respective organizations.

University of Southern Mississippi student Lakelyn Taylor of Long Beach, Miss., has been awarded a Study Abroad Grant worth $1,000 from The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi -- the nation’s oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines.

Joanna Alston of Gulfport, Miss., a graduate student in adult education at The University of Southern Mississippi, has received the Emma Giles Scholarship from The Delta Kappa Gamma Society International.

The University of Southern Mississippi’s 2016 Eagle Jam will be held Saturday, April 9 at the Reed Green Coliseum featuring entertainment by nationally touring headliner Ben Rector. The event is made possible through a partnership with the Southern Miss Activities Council (SMAC) and the Hattiesburg area Habitat for Humanity.

Students in the School of Social Work at The University of Southern Mississippi presented and won awards at the Mississippi chapter of the National Association of Social Workers conference, held March 23- 25 at the Golden Nugget Casino Hotel in Biloxi.

A team comprised of three University of Southern Mississippi students took home second-place honors at the annual Alley Scholars Shark Tank Challenge Business Plan Competition held earlier this month in Fort Worth, Texas.

Three students from The University of Southern Mississippi will present their undergraduate research to state legislators during the Posters in the Rotunda program set for Thursday, March 24 in Jackson, Miss.

All puns aside, University of Southern Mississippi student Bradley Floore described his reaction as “floored” upon learning that he had been selected as the winner of the prestigious 2016 Orrin W. Swayze Scholarship.

Little did first-year student Deidra Ollie know, but the welcoming atmosphere she has experienced at The University of Southern Mississippi would also include winning a new Apple iPad.

Allison Tharp, an English doctoral student at The University of Southern Mississippi, placed second in the Conference of Southern Graduate Schools (CSGS) Three-Minute Thesis (3MTÒ) competition held last month in Charlotte, N.C.

Students at The University of Southern Mississippi elected executive officers for its Student Government Association (SGA) during elections held recently on the Hattiesburg campus. The new officers will be sworn in during a Founders’ Day ceremony at 3 p.m. Wednesday, March 30 at the Mannoni Performing Arts Center.

On Saturday, March 5 Delta Tau Delta fraternity at The University of Southern Mississippi will host the annual Lace Up – Run for Breath – Cure Cystic Fibrosis 5K run/walk. Delta Tau Delta has been fundraising in the effort to fight Cystic Fibrosis over the past 30 years.

University of Southern Mississippi students who are members of its Greek Life organizations had a lot to celebrate Saturday, Feb. 20 at they earned multiple honors and awards, welcomed new members, raised funds for charities they support and participated in leadership and personal development programming. 

 

University of Southern Mississippi students Jaylen Hackett and JD Rimann have moved significantly closer to reaching historic academic milestones as the University’s newest finalists for the coveted Truman Scholarship.

 

Hackett, a political science/economics major from Mobile, Ala., and Rimann, a history/English/political science major from Red Rock, Texas, hope to follow in the footsteps of previous Southern Miss Truman scholars – Stephanie McCracken (2014), Brandon Hersey (2013), Marie Holowach Federer (2011) and Lance Brown (1999).

Kristen Dupard, a senior biochemistry major at The University of Southern Mississippi, has been selected to present her research at the 30th Annual National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR) April 7-9 at the University of North Carolina Asheville.

Challenged to develop a plan for combating obesity and health issues in Mississippi, a team of students from The University of Southern Mississippi devised a strategy that propelled them to victory in the second annual Social Business Challenge competition held earlier this month in Jackson.

First-year University of Southern Mississippi student Lisa Brackeen credits the head-start she received through the University’s unique Jump Scholars Program with making her transition to college life a seamless one.

 

The Jump Scholars Program, launched in 2014, is a summer program for select incoming freshmen who want to get a “jump” on their classes and get connected quickly to the Southern Miss experience. 

Tamara Wright, a student in The University of Southern Mississippi’s School of Kinesiology, has been selected for the prestigious Dr. Ronald E. McNair Post-baccalaureate Achievement Program. The program prepares undergraduate students for doctoral studies through research projects and scholarly activities.

Seven international business students from The University of Southern Mississippi enjoyed a memorable experience on the evening of Monday, Jan. 11 as dinner guests at the residence of the Consulate General of France in New Orleans.