Graduate School

The University of Mississippi

Dear Students, Friends and Colleagues,

Welcome to the Summer 2016 edition of the Graduate School Newsletter.  All of us enjoy the slower pace of summer but we are looking forward to a new academic year that will be upon us soon! We capped the 2015-2016 academic year with a series of wonderful commencement ceremonies beginning with the very special Doctoral Hood Ceremony.  You can read about out Class Marshals, Melissa Graves and Bridget Piculell in this newsletter.

I am pleased that we have so many excellent students, graduate programs and alumni.  It is our privilege to tell some of your stories in our newsletter.  We welcome story suggestions and would particularly like to hear from and about our alumni.

It is a time of transition for the Graduate School as we say goodbye to Dean Kiss.  He left the University of Mississippi to become the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.  We wish him well in his new endeavors.

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


MBA Program:  Students Compete in Case Competition and Online Program Earns College Choice Accolades

This April, a group of four MBA students traveled to the Sam Walton College of Business at the University of Arkansas to compete in the 2016 SEC MBA Case Competition. The team consisted of Caroline Rohde-Moe, Ben Tedford, Colin Wattigney, and Lucas Harth. They were led by Faculty Advisor Dr. Walter Davis and accompanied by MBA Director Ashley Jones.  Read more…


Social Work Master’s Student Recruited for National Leadership Immersion Program

Dr. Susan Allen, Master of Social Work Program Director, describes graduate student Patricia Tortora as a person who sees chances and chases them. “She just embraces opportunities wherever she encounters them,” she said, “and fortunately, we encounter opportunities for growth and learning every day, and in every place, when we have the vision to imagine it.”  Read more…


McLean Fellow Rebecca Bramlett Tackles Prison Programming and Community Engagement

Few people think about prisons, and even fewer are moved to dedicate their time to improving them. Fortunately, Criminal Justice Master’s student Rebecca Bramlett is one of those few. Having graduated Magna Cum Laude from Mississippi State University with a degree in Criminology, Bramlett has come to the University of Mississippi to further her mission of working in the prison system and reforming the way inmates spend their time.  Read more…


Biology Doctoral Candidate Discovers New Species of Viper

As time moves on, discovering a new species of anything becomes more and more difficult. Ph.D. Candidate Tim Colston proves that it is not, however, impossible. Recently, Colston was part of a team that discovered a new species of viper, Bitis harenna, on the east side of the Ethiopian Rift Valley. The path to this discovery was a long one with an unexpected conclusion.  Read more…


Doctoral Students Selected to be Class Marshals

The class marshals for this year’s doctoral hooding ceremony are Melissa Graves and Bridget Piculell. Melissa Graves is the current interim director for the Center for Intelligence and Securities Studies and will be earning her Ph.D. in History. Bridget Piculell is earning her Ph.D. in Biology.  Read more…