of Southern Mississippi doctoral student Stephen Fuller plans to
spend a lot of time driving from Hattiesburg to Jackson this summer.
In the capital city, Fuller will pour through the photographic archives
of Eudora Welty and interview people who knew the famous Mississippi
Thanks to a
$500 mini-grant made possible through the Office of Graduate Studies,
Fuller will have a little spending money for gas and food on his
A Ph.D. candidate
in English, Fuller is one of five recipients of the doctoral research
travel grants, the first-ever awarded at Southern Miss. The mini-grants
are intended to help doctoral students defray the cost of travel
associated with conducting research.
money will help with lodging and food, and every little bit helps,"
said Fuller, who is trying to make the case through his research
that Welty was a part of the Surrealist Movement of the 1930s. Fuller,
whose major professor is Dr. Noel Polk, said grants like his are
"absolutely essential for this kind of work."
going up the road to Jackson, but imagine if your research takes
you farther away. It can become very costly," he said.
whose research will take her farther is Dana Powell, a Ph.D. candidate
in psychology under advisement by Dr. William Goggin. Powell will
travel to the Renfrow Center in Philadelphia to study the role of
weight expectations among women with eating disorders.
Some will go
even farther than that. Michael Boyd, a student of music professor
John De Chiaro, will travel to Europe to conduct research into the
life and work of Federico Moreno-Torroba, the most prolific Spanish
composer of the 20th century.
a student of Dr. Denise Brown in nutrition, will travel to the Twin
Lakes Diabetes Camp to study the effectiveness of diabetes camps
on developing self-care management, particularly among children.
a student of Dr. William Wagner in psychology, will travel between
Mississippi and Chicago to examine the attitudes of African-American
and European-American children towards a multiracial child.
of the students' research gives one only a glimmer of the great
variety of research that students and faculty at Southern Miss undertake,"
said Associate Provost Dr. Bradley Bond. "The Office of Graduate
Studies is pleased to be able to provide a small measure of assistance
to these students, all of whom are working hard under the supervision
of their mentors to complete significant and meaningful research."