Award winners at MSU Spotlight
Award winners at MSU’s third annual Three Minute Thesis competition included, from left, Abbey E. Wilson, a master’s student in agricultural and life sciences, Grand Champion Runner Up (tie); Piyush Porwal, a master’s student in mechanical engineering, Grand Champion; Edith L. Martinez Ortiz, a doctoral student in civil engineering, People’s Choice Award; and Dafne Alves Oliveira, a doctoral student in molecular biology, Grand Champion Runner Up (tie). (Photo by Russ Houston)
Ready, set, go! MSU grad students test communication skills in 3MT® competition
STARKVILLE, Miss.—An 80,000-word thesis would take nine hours to present. Nearly 60 Mississippi State graduate students had less than three minutes to convey their months or years of complex research during the university’s recent third annual Three Minute Thesis competition.
Sponsored by the university’s Office of the Graduate School, the 3MT competition is open to all graduate students in good academic standing. Students may compete in arts and humanities; life and biomedical sciences and engineering; physical, mathematical, computational sciences and engineering; or social and behavioral sciences.
“I think having 180 seconds to tell people about what you’re doing in your research is a great concept, and I commend all of you for participating in this competition,” said MSU Provost and Executive Vice President Dr. Jerry Gilbert.
Graduate Student's "Isolated Finds" Method for Public Arachaeology has Wide Appeal
Jesse working at Camp McCain, screening sediments from his sites to recover artifacts.
From left to right, Jesse Morton, Amanda Taubert, Ryan King.
In the spring of 2015, MSU archaeology graduate student Jesse Morton successfully defended his thesis, “The ‘Isolated Find’ Concept and Its Consequences in Public Archaeology.” Jesse’s work built on extensive field surveys carried out on Camp McCain military base in Grenada County by archeologists on staff with the Cobb Institute of Archaeology. Those surveys, sponsored by the Mississippi National Guard, were designed to locate and evaluate archaeological sites that might be in the way of land-management activities. Led by Jeffrey Alvey and Keith Baca, those surveys succeeded in finding hundreds of previously unrecorded sites in a part of Mississippi that had been very little explored by archaeologists.
Graduate Student and Bulldog Quarterback
Making a Difference On and Off the Field
A fall 2014 graduate with a bachelor’s degree in information systems, Prescott now is a graduate student in MSU’s College of Education working toward a master’s in workforce education leadership.
MSU starting Bulldog quarterback Dak Prescott prepares for football season in a variety of ways, but one of the most important is by connecting with MSU fans.
One fan Prescott has had the chance to meet is Quinn Gregory, a Winston County child diagnosed with Sanfilippo syndrome. Prescott met Quinn at Fan Day along with other members of his family who faithfully attend MSU games each year.
Prescott made a strong connection with the Gregory family. He described how the simple act of wearing an armband printed with the message "Pray 4 Quinn," which was given to him by the family to raise awareness about Sanfilippo syndrome, is actually a blessing to him.
Graduate Student and Team Leader
Making a Difference On and Off the Field
A May 2015 graduate with a bachelor’s degree in BSIS, Calhoun is now a graduate student in MSU’s College of Education working toward a master’s in workforce education leadership.
MSU starting Bulldog offensive back, Taveze Calhoun prepares for football season in a variety of ways, but one of the most important commitments is to his community and his fellow athletes though the AFCA Good Works Team.
Calhoun received honors such as -All-SEC – Athlon Sports (Fourth Team) and 2015-16 Mississippi State SAAC Nominee. As a preseason All-SEC defensive back Taveze was selected as a nominee for the 2015 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team. Since its inception in 1992, the team recognizes college football players from across the country who exemplify a superior commitment to community service and volunteerism. After tornadoes ravaged the state of Mississippi in April 2014, Calhoun led a group of students in helping build FEMA rescue shelters in the Starkville community. In addition, Calhoun has participated in several elementary school programs in Starkville, including Bully's Book Blitz, an initiative encouraging children to read more. Every July, he and his teammates visit the Blair E. Batson's children’s hospital in Jackson.
Read More :Calhoun A NFF National Scholar-Athlete, Campbell Trophy Finalist
Candy Grant, MSU Graduate Student, Educational Psychology
is an award-winning children's book author
Photo by: Luisa Porter
The Mom’s Choice Awards Names children’s picture book, A FAIRY TALE, written by Candy Grant with illustrations by artist Rebecca Jordan-Glum among the Best in Family-Friendly Products (or service).
The Omnibus Publishing is honored to announce that children’s picture book, A FAIRY TALE, has earned the prestigious Mom’s Choice Award®. Having been rigorously evaluated by an MCA judging panel, A FAIRY TALE, is deemed to be among the best products / services for families.
MSU graduate student releases
The time-travel adventure story follows three modern-day Salem residents who find themselves on trial during the Salem Witch Trials. Tracy said he thinks of the first half of the novel as the “fun side” of time travel, while the second half emphasizes the perils of such adventures.
Tracy established the idea for his novel by reflecting on George Washington and how the former president would judge the country today. He said he took this concept and found it would be more interesting to ask the same question of an average person from the past.
Kate McKinney a Masters Student in Applied Anthropology
Kate McKinney is a second-year MA student in the Applied Anthropology program of the Department of Anthropology and Middle Eastern Cultures. Kate recently received the Elizabeth Bartman Museum Internship Grant from the Archaeological Institute of America to cover the expenses ($2375) associated with undertaking an internship. Kate was one of only two graduate students to win this prestigious grant. It was the first year the grant competition was offered, in honor of the AIA’s former president. Kate was featured in a recent issue of the international magazine Archaeology: http://www.amec.msstate.edu/pdf/getFile.php?id=4312&type=news.
2015 Will D. Carpenter Distinguished Field Scientist Graduate Assistantship
Mississippi State graduate student John Buol, left, recipient of the Will D. Carpenter Distinguished Field Scientist Graduate Assistantship, and Monsanto Co. researcher Anthony Mills, worked together this summer at the university’s R.R. Foil Plant Science Research Center.
Mississippi State is giving special recognition to a new graduate student beginning research on the impact of emerging plant herbicides.
John T. Buol is receiving the university’s 2015 Will D. Carpenter Distinguished Field Scientist Graduate Assistantship. The Monroe, Wisconsin, resident began work during the spring semester on a master’s degree in agronomy/weed science.
Graduate Student Heather Blackwell
Having been a student, then a teacher and now a student once again, Heather J. Blackwell clearly relishes the learning process.
Blackwell received a science education degree from Mississippi State in 2008 and currently is pursuing a master’s degree in entomology at the university. In addition, she teaches laboratory classes in biology and human anatomy and physiology at Mississippi University for Women in Columbus.
A native of Union, she credits appreciation for the scientific world to her grandmother who “used to read to me out of the encyclopedia instead of from children’s books. I love science, and entomology is another realm of science.”
Capstone in Modern Biology Courses
Masters Students Camden Burton and Kirsten Lindsay Photo by: Keats Haupt
General biology master's students Camden Burton of Mission, Kansas, and Kirsten Lindsay-Hudak of Farmers Branch, Texas, culture plant tissue using samples of peace lily in the Harned Hall lab. They are among 24 MSU distance education students--many of whom are biology teachers at the high school level--who are completing the Capstone in Modern Biology course this summer as part of the master's in general biology degree program. A team-taught course involving eight faculty members within the Department of Biological Sciences, the course is the last one in an 11-course sequence that requires the students to come to campus for a 10-day intensive lab and field-based experience.