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Donald Drapeau, UGS Benefactor

 Donald Drapeau, UGS BenefactorDonald Drapeau, the generous benefactor of the Drapeau Center for Undergraduate Research (DCUR) and the annual Undergraduate Symposium on Research and Creative Activity (UGS), completed his Bachelor of Science degree in history at Southern Miss prior to earning a Master’s degree at the University of Pennsylvania. He has enjoyed great success as founder and chief executive officer of the Man Drapeau group of companies, which employs financial engineers and maintains offices on multiple continents. In the 1970s, he founded Drapeau and Co. and became a member of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange.

A Fulbright Fellow in Belgium and a Kress Fellow at the Harvard Business School, Mr. Drapeau is a passionate advocate of undergraduate students at Southern Miss and enjoys the opportunity to foster their initiative, drive, and lifelong commitment to education and personal growth. His passion has led to his sponsorship of the prizes at the UGS and his support for the Eagle SPUR and the Donald Drapeau Summer Research grants, which provide funds for students to devote time to their research and creative activities.

The DCUR and the UGS could not exist without Mr. Drapeau, whose vision for a celebration of undergraduate research and creative activity has driven this enterprise and has shaped Southern Miss and the lives of its students. We thank him for his commitment and his generosity.

Listen to Mississippi MomentsListen to Mississippi Moments, a 2017 podcast recorded by the Southern Miss Center for Oral History, in which alumnus Donald Drapeau recalls his undergraduate days at Southern Miss.