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Office of the Vice President for Research

Message from the Vice President for Research

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Dr. Kelly Lucas


The University of Southern Mississippi takes pride in the accomplishments of its faculty, staff and students in the competition for external resources. The magnitude of external funding awarded to Southern Miss during the 2021 fiscal year, nearly $120 million, is an indication of the quality of the university’s programs and the respect they are given regionally, nationally and internationally.

Numbers alone do not tell the whole tale, however. They do not reveal the breadth of intellectual endeavor in our externally sponsored projects or the impact of these projects on the quality of life.

A small sample of recent activities illustrates the wide variety of the university’s scholarship, creativity and research.

The University of Southern Mississippi is recognized by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching as an R-1 doctoral institution with higher research activity. This significant national recognition validates the high quality of our strong graduate and undergraduate programs.

We look forward to the continued successes and recognition that our university so richly deserves.

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Office of the Vice President for Research
Aubrey K. Lucas Administration Building, Room 202
118 College Drive, #5116
Hattiesburg, MS 39406

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