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Gulf Coast Professor Named Southern Miss Grand Marshal and Distinguished Professor PDF Print E-mail
Friday, May 14, 2010
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Dr. Robin Overstreet, professor in the Department of Coastal Sciences at The University of Southern Mississippi, is the recipient of the Grand Marshal Distinguished Professor Award and will fulfill this role during the Centennial Celebration Commencement Saturday, May 15, at M.M. Roberts Stadium in Hattiesburg.


“I am deeply honored to be serving as Grand Marshal for the Centennial Celebration Commencement,” said Overstreet. “It is a privilege to represent the university during such a significant milestone. With this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, I am grateful for my selection as Grand Marshal and wish Southern Miss another 100 years of success.”


The Grand Marshal Distinguished Professor Award recognizes a senior faculty member who has excelled in teaching, research and service. The recipient, who serves as Grand Marshal for all commencement ceremonies during the calendar year, must hold rank of full professor and have a minimum of 10 years experience at Southern Miss.


Overstreet received his doctorate and master’s degrees in marine biology from the University of Miami in 1968 and 1966, respectively. His research areas include parasitology and diseases, aquaculture and fisheries science, and environmental biology and neoplasms.


"Being selected Grand Marshall for commencement is a high honor, as this person represents the entire faculty. Dr. Overstreet from GCRL is certainly worthy of this honor especially considering the importance of this Centennial Celebration year,” said Dr. Cynthia Easterling, associate provost.


During his tenure at Southern Miss, Dr. Overstreet has 288 publications to his credit, including three submitted ones not yet published, as well as 347 academic presentations.   


Dr. Overstreet has been involved with bringing more than $47 million for research to GCRL and Southern Miss plus indirectly assisting with bringing in additional funding for buildings. 


He has been on graduate committees of 25 alumni plus three in progress; external examiner, opponent, or external supervisor of 15 doctoral students in India, Australia, South Africa, Finland, and Mexico; and postdoctoral advisor for seven fellows.


The Centennial Celebration Commencement will begin at 9 a.m. on Saturday, May 15, at M.M. Roberts Stadium in Hattiesburg. Former New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani will serve as the keynote speaker for the ceremony’s 1,629 participating graduates.


For more information about the Centennial Celebration Commencement at The University of Southern Mississippi, visit


Robin Overstreet

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