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The Graduate School Spotlights

  • MSU graduate teaching assistants conclude weeklong workshop

    President Keenum

    MSU President Mark E. Keenum speaks to nearly 300 new graduate teaching assistants during a training workshop in preparation for their formal GTA certification. (Photo by Keats Haupt)

    STARKVILLE, Miss.—Nearly 300 new graduate teaching assistants at Mississippi State are participating in a workshop to enhance class preparation skills while introducing them to the many university policies and procedures. GTAs closely assist faculty and staff members with grading, attendance monitoring and other course responsibilities, but also are called on to handle lectures and related duties as necessary. Concluding Friday [Aug. 14], the weeklong program of lectures and other learning activities leads to their formal certification.

    President Mark E. Keenum headed a list of speakers during the week that included, among others, Lori Bruce and Thomas Bourgeois, respective deans of the graduate school and students. Participants also heard from various faculty and staff members, as well as experts in a variety of education-related specialties.

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  • Preparing Future Faculty Program (PFF) 2015 Graduation Ceremony

    Preparing Future Faculty Program (PFF) 2015 Graduation Ceremony

    Front Row; L-R: Daniel Chesser, Marta Amirsadeghi, Bahareh Kokabian, Eghbal Rashidi,
    Demarcus Thomas, Katie Collins
    Back Row; L-R: Nitin Sukhila, Dr. Deborah Lee, Shahriar Shahrakhabadi, Dr. Meghan Millea,
    Roslyn Miller, Nava Subedi, Dr. Rebecca Long, Erika Womack, Hasan Tekedar,
    Ms. Margaret McMullen and Yan Luo.

    The Preparing Future Faculty Program (PFF) is designed for graduate students who desire to become the future faculty at institutions of higher learning. The capstone course for the program is offered during Maymester and its content complements and enhances an array of professional development activities in which the students participated during the previous fall and spring semesters.

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  • CFR student sweeps bottomland hardwood meeting

    CFR student sweeps bottomland hardwood meeting

    Jacob Beard, graduate student in forestry from Elizabethtown, Kentucky, was among three Mississippi State University graduate students who competed at the 60th Annual Southern Hardwood Forest Research Group Meeting held in Stoneville, Mississippi, with students from several universities around the region, including the University of Mississippi, the University of Arkansas, and Louisiana Tech University. Jacob’s research presentation was honored with an award.

    Jacob’s works on the incorporation of growth projection models to Mississippi Institute of Forest Inventory Dynamic Reporter software.

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  • Mississippi State vet students help military dogs

    Military Dog

    Maci, a retired military dog, enjoys walking on the aquatic treadmill as part of physical therapy he receives at Mississippi State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine. Photo by Tom Thompson

    When the retired war hero arrives for his physical rehabilitation session at the Mississippi State’s College of Veterinary Medicine, he typically draws an audience as he enjoys some welcoming treats.

    Dog treats, that is.

    A large, handsome German shepherd, Maci served as a military working dog for almost six years, including three tours in Afghanistan and one in Oman with his handler, U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Karl Stefanowicz. During active service, he was credited with multiple explosive finds.

    Maci now resides at Columbus Air Force Base with Stefanowicz and his wife. Like many former military dogs, he suffers from joint and muscle issues.

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  • MSU develops fuel-saving system for armored vehicles

    New Armored Car

    An MSU research team recently developed an idle-reduction system for vehicles made by Holly Springs-based CITE Armored that allows the heating and air conditioning to operate without using the engine when in park.

    A North Mississippi-based armored vehicle company will soon manufacture a more fuel-efficient product because of improvements developed by a major Mississippi State research organization.

    At the university’s Center for Advanced Vehicular Systems, a team of faculty and research staff members, along with graduate and undergraduate students, recently spent nearly a year developing an idle-reduction system for CITE Armored of Holly Springs. Specifically, they came up with changes that reduce fuel consumption of the company’s cash-in-transit vehicles.

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  • MSU graduate student receives fellowship from the national turfgrass industry

    MSU graduate student Phillip Vines, presenting results of his research to turfgrass professionals attending a campus field day

    MSU graduate student Phillip Vines, presenting results of his research to turfgrass professionals attending a campus field day

    A Mississippi State graduate student, Phillip Vines, from Philadelphia, Mississippi is receiving a fellowship from the national turfgrass industry.

    Phillip has been honored with a $5,000 grant from the Dr. James Watson Fellowship Program of the Golf Course Superintendent's Association of America. He is pursuing a master's degree in plant pathology in the university's College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.

    Funded by the non-profit association and the Minnesota-based Toro Co., the fellowship is a memorial to the agronomist and turfgrass management pioneer who retired in 1998 as Toro's vice president of customer relations.

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  • Sandra Schachat's research at MSU garnered national recognition

    Sandra Schachat's research at MSU garnered national recognition

    Sandra Schachat

    After graduating with a bachelor's degree in art history and archaeology, with high honors in entomology, from the University of Maryland, Sandra R. Schachat faced a tough decision.

    "I've always liked art and science, and when thinking about what I wanted to do in graduate school, I realized I really didn't want to choose between the two," she says.

    A New York native, Schachat had developed a special interest in the evolution of moth wing patterns and, along the way, came to learn about Mississippi State's entomology program and its Mississippi Entomological Museum. She decided to relocate to Starkville and enroll at the university.

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  • Mississippi State again among research top 100

    MSU third-year graduate student Marta Amirsadeghi of Starkville performs a lipid extraction

    MSU third-year graduate student Marta Amirsadeghi of Starkville performs a lipid extraction, part of her research into oleaginous microbes and their ability to grow on various lignocellulosic waste carbon sources, such as glucose, xylose or glycerol. Amirsadeghi's work is carried out in MSU Associate Professor Todd French's laboratory in the Dave C. Swalm School of Chemical Engineering

    A new report from the National Science Foundation affirms Mississippi State as the Magnolia State's flagship research university.

    The recently released NSF Higher Education Research and Development Survey for Fiscal Year 2013 places the university at 96th overall among public and private institutions in the country, based on $206 million in total research and development expenditures.

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  • MSU ranks 16th among 'Best for Vets: Business Schools'

    Mississippi State is among the top 75 best four-year college and university business schools in the nation for military personnel and veterans.

    When conducting and scoring the third annual "Best for Vets: Business Schools" survey, "Military Times" compiled data focused on curricula and culture that cater to military veterans. Using a nearly 80-question analysis of a graduate business school's complete offerings for veterans, the survey also focused on cost in the context of military and veteran benefits, overall veteran policies and publicly available quality measures.

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  • MSU Electrical Engineering PhD student, Lee Hathcock, leads a group of researchers with NOAA

    Group in prepares to launch aerial vehicle.

    An unmanned aerial vehicle is prepared for launch on Thursday [Dec. 18] in St. Tammany Parish, Louisiana. Researchers with Mississippi State and NOAA are mapping sections of the Pearl River with the UAV to better understand where and how much water flows through the area and the impact it can have on local communities when hurricanes and other tropical weather systems develop. Photo by: Jim Laird

    A leading industry trade group spent two days in Mississippi last week, and a highlight of the visit was a survey mission led by Mississippi State researchers and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration scientists.

    "We were very pleased to help host the AUVSI team in our state," said David Shaw, the university's vice president for research and economic development.

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Announcements & News

  • 3 Minute Thesis Competition - The 2015 3MT® competition at Mississippi State University will be held in Fowlkes Auditorium in the Colvard Student Union on November 11-13, 2015, 1:00 - 4:00 pm. Online Registration begins Sept. 8, 2015.
  • Library Workshops Fall 2015 - Click here for full schedule
  • Graduate Student Association First General Body Meeting - August 31, 5:00 pm. McCool 236 - The Graduate Student Association will hold its first General Meeting on Monday, August 31st at 5:00 PM in McCool Room 236. The meeting should not last longer than one hour for those that have 6:00 PM classes. At this meeting, we will discuss our organizational agenda, upcoming service projects, and upcoming social events.
  • Travel Assistance Grants - Apply Now for Travel Assistance Grants for Graduate Students traveling to Conferences November 1, 2015-February 28, 2015 - APPLY ONLINE
  • Graduate Applications for Spring, Summer and Fall 2016 Semesters
    Open for submission on August 1, 2015
    Apply online NOW
  • ADMISSION APPLICATION 2015 DEADLINES - Semester of Application: Fall, Spring, Summer
    Some departments may have a different deadline. Please refer to the departmental listings in the Graduate Catalog or the department’s website for degree specific admission deadlines.

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