Hattiesburg – The achievements and innovative research efforts of University of Southern Mississippi faculty will be the focus of the annual LETTERS (Lives Enriched Through Their Endeavors: Research and Scholarship) Day event, set for Aug. 31 in the ballroom of the Thad Cochran Center.
The event is from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and is open to members of the campus and Hattiesburg community who would like to learn firsthand about the work of some of the university’s brightest minds.
The event will include presentations by faculty about their research and activities from 9 a.m. to 11:45 a.m., followed by a luncheon ceremony recognizing Innovation Award winners in the Lifetime Contribution, Basic Research, Applied Research, Academic Partnerships and Graduate Student categories.
Summer Research Grant winners will also be recognized during the luncheon, which will be followed by a State of the Research Enterprise Report given by Southern Miss Vice President for Research and Economic Development Dr. Cecil Burge.
From 2-4 p.m., a poster session and reception will be held, also in the Thad Cochran Center ballroom.
“It’s very exciting to see the diversity of research and creative activity going on at all of our campuses and teaching sites,” said Dr. Jeanne Gillespie, associate dean of the Southern Miss College of Arts and Letters. “I hope everyone will take the opportunity to come out and learn firsthand about the exciting developments taking place at Southern Miss.”
Gillespie is helping organize the event through her service on the University Research Council, which is sponsoring the event, along with Southern Miss educational research associate professor Dr. Kyna Shelley.
I’m so pleased to be a part of this event,” Shelley said. “Not only is LETTERS Day an incredibly positive way to start the academic year — to celebrate the scholarly accomplishments of the Southern Miss faculty — but also a unique way for us to share our diverse research and creative activities with each other and the Southern Miss community.”
Dr. Chris Winstead, associate professor of physics, will be one of the three morning presenters for LETTERS Day, with his presentation, “Light Effort Required: Optical Sensing Research and Development.”
Dr. Winstead said that having a single event like LETTERS Day makes it easier for people in the surrounding community and on campus to learn about the research efforts of faculty members in a broad spectrum of disciplines.
“It’s an honor to be asked to participate,” Winstead said. “This is a great opportunity for all of us to see what’s going on across the university.”
For more information about LETTERS Day, call Gillespie at 601.266.4174 or e-mail her at
; or call Shelley at 601.266.4578 or e-mail her at
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