Graduate School

The University of Mississippi

Dear Students, Friends and Colleagues,

Welcome to the Spring 2017 edition of the Graduate School Newsletter! The Spring Semester is well underway and the flowers and trees on campus are beginning to bloom.

In this issue you can read about the accomplishments of some of our students and an alumna. We also highlight two of our nationally ranked graduate programs: Creative Writing and Chemistry and Biochemisty.

We hope you enjoy the newsletter and appreciate your support of the Graduate School at the University of Mississippi.

Christy M. Wyandt, Ph.D.

Interim Dean of the Graduate School
Professor of Pharmaceutics


Communication Sciences and Disorders Graduate Clinicians Work with Local Children

Plain and unassuming, just across from the Student Health Center, sits George Hall. George Hall, largely unnoticed by the general population, is home to one of the university’s most remarkable offerings: the Hearing Impaired, Language and Literacy Lab (HILL) Program.  Read more…


Medicinal Chemistry Doctoral Candidate Recognized for Drug Discovery

This year, Vedanjali Gogineni, a doctoral candidate in Medicinal Chemistry, won the 2016 Graduate Student Research Award in Drug Discovery and Development Interface from the American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists. She is one of only four annual winners, and along with her recognition came a $250 prize and paid travel costs to the AAPS annual conference in Denver last November.  Read more…


Master of Arts in Creative Writing Program Named to Top 10

This year, the University of Mississippi Creative Writing MFA program was ranked among’s top 10 MFA programs in the nation. Isabella Senzamici credited the size of the program, its notable alumni, and the various opportunities MFA students are given as merits in the program’s favor.  Read more…


Counselor Education Alumna Directs Haven Acres Boys and Girls Club

When Pontotoc native Stephanie Parrish came to the University of Mississippi, her goal was to become a child trauma psychologist. However, she came to realize that a career as a psychologist would involve more research than hands-on interaction with children. Since her motivation was rooted in directly assisting people facing hardship, she decided that counseling was the better choice for her.  Read more…


Chemistry and Biochemistry Department Awarded for Advancing Diversity

This fall, the local section of the American Chemical Society (ACS) awarded the University of Mississippi Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry the Stanley S. Israel Regional Award for Advancing Diversity for the Southeastern Region for 2015. The nomination package listed several recent achievements by the department, which centered around attracting and retaining more women and underrepresented minorities.  Read more…


3-Minute Thesis Winners Share Secrets to Success

This year’s 3-Minute Thesis competition showcased seventy-eight of the university’s best and brightest graduate students, and three emerged victorious. First place in the master’s category was Hailey Hodge of the Art department. First place in the doctoral category was Anna Katherine Black, of Clinical Psychology. The grand prize winner was master’s candidate Jessica Heppard, of Biology.   Read more…