Skip navigation

Southern Miss News Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Welcome to the daily email for media members that includes news and notes from The University of Southern Mississippi (USM). Today's message includes announcements of USM's participation in a $94-million Ocean Exploration Cooperative Institute, as well as the University's Southern Entrepreneurship Program's annual state competition on Wednesday.

Media inquiries can be directed to Van Arnold at 601.266.5568 or van.arnoldFREEMississippi or David Tisdale at 601.266.4499 or d.g.tisdaleFREEMississippi.

Today's Top Story

The University of Southern Mississippi Joins Newly Formed $94-Million Ocean Exploration Institute

The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) is joining four other nationally renowned ocean science institutions to form The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Ocean (NOAA) Exploration Cooperative Institute.

USM's School of Ocean Science and Engineering, Ocean Exploration Trust, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, University of New Hampshire, and the University of Rhode Island will work with NOAA's Office of Ocean Exploration and Research to survey an estimated 3 billion acres of submerged U.S. territory.

Photo/Video Opportunity

The University of Southern Mississippi's Southern Entrepreneurship Program will holds its annual state competition on Wednesday, May 8 at the Trent Lott Center on the Hattiesburg campus. The event, set to run from 9 a.m. until 1:30 p.m., is the culmination of months of hard work from Mississippi schools, teachers, and students. Throughout the year, more than 600 students participated in SEP programming; and this year's finale will bring the top 25 high school business “pitches” from across the state to convene and compete at USM. To schedule coverage, contact Van Arnold.

Additional News Releases

USM participates in national survey to assess and enhance student services

To uphold the quality of its academic offerings and student services, The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) this spring invited 4,822 freshmen and seniors to participate in the National Survey of Student Engagement, an established survey used by colleges and universities across the country to gather data about student life on campus.

USM Graduate Research Symposium recognizes oral, poster presentation winners

Top-performing graduate students were recently honored at The University of Southern Mississippi's annual Susan A. Siltanen Graduate Research Symposium at the Thad Cochran Center. The event featured more than 90 oral and poster presentations showcasing outstanding.

Did You Know?

USM has been recognized as home to one of the nations' best online graduate nursing programs. In a 2019 ranking, U.S. News & World Report places USM at No. 59 nationally – the highest spot for any Mississippi college or university. 

About The University of Southern Mississippi

The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) is a comprehensive public research institution delivering transformative programs on campuses in Hattiesburg and Long Beach, at teaching and research sites in central and southern Mississippi, as well as online. Founded in 1910, USM is one of only 130 universities in the nation to earn the CarnegieClassification of Institutions of Higher Education's "R1: Doctoral Universities – Very high research activity” designation, and its robust research enterprise includes experts in ocean science and engineering, polymer science and engineering, and sport venue safety and security, among others. USM is also one of only 40 institutions in the nation accredited in theatre, art and design, dance and music. As an economic driver, USM generates an annual economic impact of more than $600 million across the state. USM welcomes a diverse student body of approximately 15,000, representing 71 countries, all 50 states, and every county in Mississippi. USM students have collected four Truman Scholarships and 35 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships, while also leading Mississippi with 24 Goldwater Scholarships, an honor that recognizes the next generation of great research scientists. Home to the Golden Eagles, USM competes in 17 Division I sports sponsored by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). For more information, visit