Graduate School

The University of Mississippi

Dear students, friends, and colleagues

welcome-fall-2015Welcome to our latest edition of the Graduate School Newsletter.  I hope you enjoy our featured stories in this issue. For instance, chemistry doctoral student Brandon Stamper describes his interesting research in the area of forensic chemistry–and even incorporates university football games into his work!

We have another fascinating story about Dr. Calvin White, an alumnus of the Graduate School, who recently was appointed Chair of the Fulbright College History Department at the University of Arkansas.  This feature shows the power of mentorship, and how faculty have the ability to shape and change lives.  Dr. White makes it clear as to how Dr. Joe Ward (Chair of History at UM) recruited him into our graduate program and how Dr. Ward went out of his way to support Calvin as a student throughout his graduate career.

It is fall, and I am pleased to note that this is the third year of our Three Minute Thesis Competition (3MT) at the University of Mississippi. This program challenges graduate students to present a compelling talk on their research thesis topic (to non-specialists) and its significance in just three minutes. Our grand prize winner will represent us at the regional competition at the Conference of Southern Graduate Schools (CSGS) in Charlotte in February 2016.  Earlier this year pharmacy doctoral student Sujith Ramachandran won an award at the 2015 CSGS competition held in New Orleans.  You can view his presentation at as well as other 3MT talks from UM at the Graduate School YouTube Channel.

Thanks for reading our newsletter, and please continue to send us suggestions and ideas.  We welcome story concepts from students and faculty, and we would love to hear about the successes of our graduate alumni.  We appreciate your support of the Graduate School at the University of Mississippi!

John Z. Kiss

Dean of the Graduate School

Professor of Biology