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University of Southern Mississippi graduate student Laura Whitmore stands outside the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Healy upon arrival at the North Pole earlier this month. Whitmore, a native of Palmer, Alaska, is a second-year master’s student in the Department of Marine Science (chemistry emphasis) conducting experiments as part of a unique 65-day research cruise sponsored by GEOTRACES. Her research focus involves the study of dissolved methane distribution and transport in the Bering Sea and Arctic Ocean. The research cruise will conclude in late October.

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When he’s not taking snaps as a quarterback for The University of Southern Mississippi football team, Parker Adamson is taking formidable courses as a standout student in the College of Business.


And now the junior finance major can add another gold star to his impressive resumé as the winner of the 2015 Mississippi Young Bankers (MYB) Leadership Scholarship.

University of Southern Mississippi graduate student Laura Whitmore and a team of fellow researchers arrived at the North Pole on Saturday, Sept. 5 aboard the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Healy, the first U.S. surface ship to reach that destination unaccompanied.

Miss Mississippi Hannah Roberts, a recent University of Southern Mississippi graduate, has been named a finalist in both the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) scholarship competition and Quality of Life category at the Miss America Pageant.


USM ‘s “Chemistry Queen” is a biochemistry graduate, national Goldwater Scholarship winner and a former Honors College student at Southern Miss.

The University of Southern Mississippi will honor Hannah Roberts, 2015 Miss Mississippi, with a welcome home reception at the Trent Lott Center on the Hattiesburg Campus on Saturday, July 11, at 2 p.m.


Roberts, who is a May 2015 Southern Miss graduate, was crowned Miss Mississippi last Saturday in Vicksburg. Remarks from University President Rodney D. Bennett and Roberts will be made at 3:15 p.m. The reception is open to the public.

“Leave your mark on Southern Miss.”


It’s a statement heard often around The University of Southern Mississippi campus. Freshmen are asked how they will leave their mark, and seniors are asked: “how did they leave their marks” on the University? Few students, however, have left a mark to match that of 2015 graduate Wilton C. Jackson, II.

Four young women with ties to The University of Southern Mississippi will compete in the annual Miss Mississippi Pageant later this week in Vicksburg, Miss. Those include, from left to right: Arrielle Dale, Miss New South (dance major at Southern Miss); Hannah Roberts, Miss University of Southern Mississippi (May 2015 graduate); Bethany Cuevas, Miss Mid-South (Gulf Park Campus student); Kaylee Scroggins, Miss Metro Jackson (fall 2015 incoming freshman at Southern Miss).


Hannah Roberts, the reigning Miss University of Southern Mississippi, held a trunk show at the Hattiesburg campus’ Trent Lott Center on Thursday, June 18 in advance of the Miss Mississippi Pageant set for June 25-27 in Vicksburg.

Emily DeVoe a 2014 graduate of The University of Southern Mississippi School of Mass Communication and Journalism, and the winner of a plethora of Associated Press awards for her coverage of the Pine Belt during her time at Southern Miss, recently accepted a job as a reporter with television station WKRG in Mobile, Ala.


Hannah Roberts, the reigning Miss University of Southern Mississippi, spent a portion of Friday, May 22 conducting a science demonstration for Anniston Elementary School students at the Port of Gulfport. The students were actively involved in the demonstration with Roberts, a chemistry major from Mount Olive, Miss. Roberts earned her undergraduate degree this spring and has been accepted to the University of Mississippi Medical School in Jackson. She will also compete in the Miss Mississippi Pageant next month.

Wilton Jackson, a senior broadcast journalism major at The University of Southern Mississippi, was recognized with the Thomas Arkle Clark Scholar-Leader-of-the-Year Endowed Scholarship for exemplifying the ideals of Phi Eta Sigma.

Elections were held during the spring semester at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park campus for the 2015 – 2016 Student Government Association (SGA).

Hannah Roberts, the reigning Miss University of Southern Mississippi, took time out of her hectic schedule to donate approximately 1,000 books to the Fieldhouse for the Homeless on Tuesday, May 19 as part of her “Pages of Love” program.

The Southern Entrepreneurship Program (SEP) concluded its series of educational high school events and competitions on Friday, May 1, by hosting its 8th annual SEP State Business Plan Competition on The University of Southern Mississippi Hattiesburg campus.

University of Southern Mississippi graduate Kelvin Barber will soon trade his life as a Hattiesburg college student for a new one as a system engineer with Cerner Corporation in Kansas City, Mo.


Barber, a Natchez, Miss., native and Information Technology major at Southern Miss, will be working with Linux to update systems and software used in hospitals.

Natalya Ortolano and Meredith Barefield, biological science majors at The University of Southern Mississippi earned special recognition during the University’s Undergraduate Symposium on Research and Creative Activity.

Alanna Buckley and Ashley Moffett, graduate students at The University of Southern Mississippi, recently completed extensive training through the Institute for Disability Studies’ Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (LEND) program.

The Office of Student Activities at The University of Southern Mississippi recently recognized and celebrated the accomplishments of its 192 student organizations at the Student Organization Awards and Recognition ceremony. More than 120 nominations were collected, and a student affairs review committee determined the winners.

Four University of Southern Mississippi students have been awarded prestigious National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships, marking the first time the University has produced this many winners in a single year.


Laken Kendrick, of Hattiesburg, Miss.; Abagail Williams, of Independence, Mo.; Dexter Dean of Clinton, Ala.; and Cassandra Reese, of San Diego, Calif., were granted the fellowships from a pool of 16,500 applicants. No other Mississippi college or university matched Southern Miss in NSF Fellowship winners for 2015.

Erica Estes, a graduate student pursing a master’s degree in sports management at The University of Southern Mississippi, was elected as the National Student Leader for NIRSA: Leaders in Collegiate Recreation. She also serves as graduate assistant for facilities and fitness in the recreational sports department.

University of Southern Mississippi student Bethany Cuevas of Long Beach won the title of Miss Magnolia earlier this spring in Corinth, Miss. With her title, Cuevas, an elementary education major at the university’s Gulf Park campus, will have the opportunity to compete for the title of Miss Mississippi this summer in Vicksburg.

The University of Southern Mississippi College of Science and Technology recently recognized outstanding students at the Annual College of Science and Technology Awards Banquet.

The College of Business at The University of Southern Mississippi celebrated its distinguished faculty members and students during an annual Honors Banquet held Thursday, April 16th at the Thad Cochran Center on the Hattiesburg campus.

In honor of Earth Day, Miss University of Southern Mississippi, Hannah Roberts visited Oak Grove Primary School in Lamar County on Wednesday, April 22, to conduct science experiments and read from the book “It’s Earth Day (Little Critter)”.