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Studying Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM)

Do you consider yourself a precise, scientific, and intellectual person? Are you drawn to activities where you work with numbers or machines? Do you want to use mathematics, science, and technology to solve problems and shape the future? If this sounds like you, explore our opportunities and see what it means to be a Golden Eagle.

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Meet Gbadeoluwa Adedigba

Polymer Science and Engineering BS | Pre-Med Student

As a child growing up in Nigeria, my fascination with the sciences was greatly influenced by my father, who is a medical doctor. What drew me to Polymer Science and Engineering was its pragmatic approach to solving real-world problems, its track record of publishing research papers, and the abundance of resources. In two semesters of lab work, I conducted numerous experiments, collected data, and co-authored two high-impact research papers, alongside the guidance of a supportive community.

Learn by Doing

Find yourself actively participating in faculty-mentored research, seminars, and activities beyond the classroom. From designing and constructing a building to addressing today’s challenges through research and field-based experiences, here you will explore!


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Meet Dr. Michael Andres

Assistant Professor in Coastal Sciences | Studies Fish Ecology and Gulf Sturgeon, a protected species in Mississippi

When I was pursuing my degree, I received invaluable guidance. Committed to paying it forward, I strive to support and mentor aspiring researchers on their academic and career journeys, just as my mentors did for me. By integrating undergrads into my Estuarine and Movement Ecology Lab's culture, I encourage them to engage in meetings and facilitate their involvement in research projects and funding opportunities.


We proudly boast a vibrant community of alumni that are soaring across industries and working at companies around the world. Here are some recent graduates.

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Meet Olawumi Akinniyi ’19

Architectural Engineering Technology BS 
Architectural Designer/ACM at GLUCK+ Architecture
Miami, Florida

Little did I know back then, but pursuing the AET program would eventually prove to be a significant advantage among my peers later in life. I vividly remember Yates Construction presenting the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino project during a project management course at Southern Miss. I remember thinking I’d love to work on a project of that magnitude one day. Today, here I am at Gluck+ Architecture, turning that dream of mine into a reality.

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Damien Cooper  ’24

Chemistry BS

National Science Foundation Graduate Readiness Fellow, Chemistry
Rice University
Houston, Texas

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McKenzie Hargis ’20

Biological Sciences (Biomedical Sciences) BS

LSU New Orleans School of Medicine Class of 2024

General Surgery Resident at The University of Mississippi Medical Center
Jackson, Mississippi

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Labrisha Mabry ’23

Computer Engineering BS

Engineering Inclusive Excellence Coordinator at MS State
Starkville, Mississippi

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Marissa Muller  ’21

Forensic Science (Biological Sciences) BS and a minor in Criminal Justice

Intelligence Analyst at the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children
Washington, D.C.

Interesting Courses

Did you know over 2.8 K courses are offered in an academic year in STEM? Here is a sampling of courses that might spark your interest.

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Cetacean Behavior 

COA 444

Learn hands-on observation techniques in the wild, focusing on Mississippi Sound's dolphins.

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Robotic Systems

CSC 444

Dive into the future of robotics: from configuring sensors to mastering human-robot interaction, you’ll unlock the potential of tomorrow's technology.

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Fingerprint Analysis and Techniques

FSC 340

Learn the techniques employed in the identification, interpretation, classification and recovery of fingerprints.

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Data Analysis

MAT 482

Master R, Python, or similar languages, emphasizing contextual reporting of findings.

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