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Southern Miss News Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Welcome to the daily email for media members that includes news and notes from The University of Southern Mississippi. Today's message includes news releases about the upcoming VEX Robotics State Championship set for March 1-2 at USM and a preview of the annual “Big Event” volunteer service event Saturday.

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

USM Ready to Host Robotics State Championship March 1-2

More than 700 young innovators from across the state will converge at The University of Southern Mississippi March 1-2 for the annual Mississippi VEX Robotics State Championship.

The competition will showcase elementary, middle and high school students from approximately 50 Mississippi schools in an educational competitive robotics program to be held at USM's Payne Center on the Hattiesburg campus.

Additional News Release

USM Students Volunteering to Serve Local Communities during 9th annual “Big Event”

University of Southern Mississippi students in Hattiesburg and at the Gulf Park Campus in Long Beach will serve a cause bigger than themselves through “The Big Event” Saturday, Feb. 23 when they assist community agencies, schools and charities with a variety of service initiatives.

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More than 800 scientists and students from across the state will convene at The University of Southern Mississippi's Thad Cochran Center on Thursday and Friday, Feb. 21-22 for the 83rd Annual Mississippi Academy of Sciences Meeting. The event will feature approximately 200 poster presentations and an expected 300 oral presentations in many fields of science by professors, researchers, and students. Also included will be several educational workshops and symposiums throughout the two-day program. To schedule coverage, contact Van Arnold or David Tisdale.

Expert Availability

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Did You Know?

USM welcomes a diverse student body of approximately 15,000, representing 71 countries, all 50 states, and every county in Mississippi.

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 Carnegie Classification 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 21 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