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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.

University of Southern Mississippi doctoral student Abagail Williams has been chosen to receive a prestigious Graduate Student Research Program (SCGSR) award from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science. Williams is one of only 60 graduate students nationwide to earn the honor.

Michelle Le’s love for The University of Southern Mississippi; zest for life; and thirst for adventure fueled a creative spark that has helped her secure much-needed funding for a study abroad program next month in Italy.

University of Southern Mississippi student Danielle Luethke was honored by SHAPE America – Society of Health and Physical Educators as a Major of the Year during the organization’s 133rd National Convention & Expo held last month in Nashville, Tenn.

It was nearly a clean sweep for The University of Southern Mississippi’s School of Social Work at the state’s largest professional conference for social workers.

One wants Hattiesburg Mayor Toby Barker’s job, another Gov. Phil Bryant’s, and a third would like to be a legislator for her home county. A fourth is drawn toward politics but also wary of the negative connotations.

 

The four are social work students from The University of Southern Mississippi who in early March attended a two-day “campaign school” in Hartford, Connecticut, that prepares social workers for the political arena as candidates, campaign workers, volunteers or advocates for social change.

Evelyn Sullivan is making history, for her family and for the state of Mississippi.

 

As a first-generation college student, the Gulfport native earned a public health degree from The University of Southern Mississippi and is now working on her Master of Social Work degree at USM's Gulf Park campus.

 

In the fall of 2017, the Council on Social Work Education selected her as the first Mississippian in the four-year history of its Minority Fellowship Program for master’s students, encompassing 160 recipients during that span.

Students in Lance Hopkins’ marketing class at The University of Southern Mississippi enjoyed a unique opportunity to work with a major production company in developing a series of TV commercials earlier this semester.

University of Southern Mississippi junior Jack Hoda, an English major from Petal, Miss., can add one more impressive honor to his already gleaming academic portfolio – Truman Scholarship finalist. Hoda is the only USM student to be nominated for the Truman Scholarship this year.

First-year dental students and University of Southern Mississippi alums, Samantha Allen  and Heather Fairley were recently awarded the Mississippi Rural Dentists Scholarship valued at $35,000 per year for their training at the University of Mississippi.