HATTIESBURG – The
University of Southern Mississippi held a reception Thursday on
its Hattiesburg campus to celebrate the success of a research magazine
launched by undergraduates of Southern Miss' Honors College in spring
Titled Catalyst: A Multidisciplinary Review of Undergraduate
Scholarship, the journal's purpose is to create new knowledge and
to catapult current knowledge to a new level.
"Our ideal of research is broad; we are interested
in all creative projects and creative methods of learning,"
said Catalyst Executive Editor Carrie Gray. "Undergraduate
research can involve internships, externships, study abroad programs,
service learning, laboratory discovery and library research."
During the afternoon reception, Vice President for
Student Affairs Dr. Joe Paul and Southern Miss President Dr. Shelby
Thames applauded the magazine's nine-member staff for devising a
publication that provides research experience to undergraduates
and a platform in which researchers can have their work recognized.
While the Catalyst is the brainchild of undergrads,
Vice President for Research and Academic Development Dr. Cecil Burge
can be credited for its lifeline. Impressed with the overall potential
of the magazine, Burge donated nearly $3,000 to help the publication
get up and running.
"We want to create opportunities that enhance
the education of our students," said Burge. "We want to
offer as many participatory opportunities as we can."
"This kind of effort is what Southern Miss is
all about," said Dr. Thames. "It's rare that you will
find an institution that would embrace undergraduate research. Why?
Because it takes a lot of time, effort and money, but we believe
in giving maximum opportunities to folks who want to attempt to
be different and be successful."
Southern Miss sophomore Joshua Bird will take over
as managing editor in the fall as Gray heads on to law school at
the University of Alabama. Bird, a finance/insurance major, said
he plans to maintain the high standards set by his predecessor and
work diligently to make the magazine even better than before. The
publications' next edition is scheduled for fall 2006.
For more information on how you can contribute to
the research journal, please contact the Southern Miss Honors College
at (601) 266-4533 or log onto www.Catalyst@usm.edu.