September 14, 2014  

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Students, Faculty Honored at University Research Awards Day

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: University Research Awards Day honorees and the awards they received include, from left, Steven Barthelme, English, Creative Activity Award; Dr. Scott Piland, Human Performance/Recreation, Multidisciplinary Research Award; Dr. Mike Madson, Psychology, Applied Research Award; Dr. Ed Jackson, Anthropology, Academic Partnerships Award; Dr. Alan Shiller, Marine Science, Basic Research Award; Dr. Sabine Heinhorst, Chemistry/Biochemistry, Lifetime Research Award; and Jennifer Downey, College of Health, Research Advocate Award.

Student and faculty researchers shared their work with their colleagues and community members Nov. 8 during the annual Research Awards Day on The University of Southern Mississippi Hattiesburg campus, and top scholars were honored for their contributions in their respective fields.

The event began with talks given by top honorees about their research, a luncheon with award presentations and concluding with a research poster session.

“This event really gets to the heart of what’s so exciting about being here at Southern Miss, and that is the opportunity to work and study with a community of skilled and world renowned university researchers,” said Dr. Louis Kyriakoudes, professor of history and chairman of the event.

Top award winners included:

*Dr. Andrea Spofford, College of Arts and Letters, Graduate Student Award

*Dr. Ed Jackson, Anthropology - Academic Partnerships Award

*Dr. Mike Madson, Psychology - Applied Research Award

*Dr. Scott Piland, Human Performance/Recreation, Multidisciplinary Research Award

*Steven Barthelme, English, Creative Activity Award

*Dr. Alan Shiller, Marine Science, Basic Research Award

*Dr. Sabine Heinhorst, Chemistry/Biochemistry, Lifetime Research Award

*Dr. Andrea Spofford, Arts and Letters, Graduate Student Award

*Jennifer Downey, College of Health, Research Advocate Award

Spofford, a native of New Castle, Calif. is a recent graduate of the university’s doctoral program in creative writing. She was a student of Dr. Angela Ball in the Department of English’ renowned Center for Writers, and is now an assistant professor of poetry at Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, Tenn.

“I’m honored to win this award,” Spofford said. “USM graduate students are incredibly active in terms of research, and I’m very grateful for the opportunities I had while attending the university.”