Undergraduate & Graduate Research

As the premier research university for the Gulf South and a Carnegie research university, Southern Miss offers a wide array of research opportunities for both undergraduate and graduate students across a broad range of disciplines.

Research groups and labs

Some of the premier research initiatives at the university include:

Dale Center for the Study of War and Society

Headquartered in the university’s Department of History, the Dale Center for the Study of War and Society serves as a local, national and international resource for the study of the history of warfare at the social, economic, political, cultural and military levels.

Working in conjunction with the university's International Programs center, we offer students and faculty alike the opportunity to study the history of war in places such as Normandy, Britain and Vietnam. Faculty and graduate students contribute to national and international scholarly debates through publication, speaking engagements, attendance at conferences and original archival research.

International Programs

In addition to offering students a chance to make the world their classroom, Southern Miss’ award-winning study-abroad programs allow both undergraduate and graduate students and faculty the opportunity to conduct research at some of the world’s top museums, libraries, laboratories and historic venues.

Establishing collaborative research partnerships with international colleagues is another valuable opportunity.

Mammal Cognition and Behavior Laboratory

Led by Southern Miss professor of psychology Dr. Stan Kuczaj, the team of graduate students and undergraduates in the Department of Psychology’s Mammal Cognition and Behavior Laboratory is focused on conducting non-invasive research on the behavior and abilities of marine mammals.

The work of this team has led to the creation of a popular study-abroad program at The University of Southern Mississippi, as well as international media exposure.

Masterson Research Group

Southern Miss chemistry professor Dr. Doug Masteron leads the Masterson Group, which includes undergraduate and graduate students engaged in the study of all aspects of bioorganic chemistry.

One of his former undergraduate researchers, Jessica Shackleford, was named to the USA Today’s 2008 All-USA College Academic Team. Details

Thames-Rawlins Research Group

Founded by former Southern Miss President Shelby F. Thames, the Thames-Rawlins Research Group is a cutting-edge, internationally recognized research team. Housed in the university’s School of Polymers and High Performance Materials, the group supports the coatings industry in:

  • problem solving
  • testing
  • evaluation
  • formulations
  • long- or short-term contracts
  • research and development
  • technology reduction-to-practice

Research presentations

Southern Miss offers opportunities for students to present their research to a wider audience, including through the following:

Graduate Student Forum Symposium  |  601.266.4748

The annual Graduate Student Forum Symposium, an annual spring event hosted by the Department of Biological Sciences, is designed for both undergraduate and graduate students in the College of Science and Technology.

It serves as a platform to share and discuss their research with the university community and gives students an opportunity to hone interaction skills with other professionals in their chosen fields of study.

Graduate Student Research Symposium

Sponsored by the Graduate School, the Provost, and the Vice President for Research held annually in March. Graduate student present competitively selected research papers and the authors of top ranked papers are presented cash awards.

The graduate students selected as Yarbrough Scholars receive an additional cash award.

Student Research Colloquium

Since 2006, graduate and undergraduate students at Southern Miss engaged in thesis or dissertation projects present their research to the university community at the annual Student Research Colloquium.

The event includes a poster presentation format that incorporates illustrative materials such as tables, graphs, photos and large-print text to promote interaction between participants and visitors at the event. Individual and small-group projects are welcome.

The Office of the Vice President for Research, the College of Education and the Department of Psychology dean’s office sponsor the colloquium. 

The Catalyst

The Catalyst, a multidisciplinary undergraduate research publication, serves as a forum to showcase and promote the research efforts of undergraduate students. Editions of The Catalyst are available online.

Synergy: A Journal for Graduate Student Research

Published by the Graduate School three times a year. Graduate students serve on the editorial board that reviews the competitively selected articles for publication.