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COLUMBUS, Miss.—The Office of Undergraduate Research (OUR) at Mississippi University for Women invites students to learn more about research and mentor opportunities from faculty Wednesday, Oct. 28 at noon.

“Independent research looks great on a resume or a graduate school application. All you need to participate is flexiblity and persistence. This event will be for any student who is interested in participating in the design of their own learning experience. Plus, there is potential to get a scholarship and course credit,” said Hillary Richardson, coordinator of Undergraduate Research & Information Literacy at The W.

The event, which will be held virtual via Facebook and Zoom, will begin with faculty sharing their experience of research and mentorship.  A panel of 10 faculty members will follow the presentations to offer students the opportunity to submit questions.

The panel will consist of:
•    Dr. Kristy Alpe (Health Management)
•    Dr. Laura Ball (Speech-Language Pathology)
•    Dr. Kristi DiClemente (Medieval History)
•    Dr. Jill Drouillard (Medical Ethics)
•    Dr. Travis Hagey (Biomechanics)
•    Dr. Beverly Joyce (Art History)
•    T. K. Lee (Creative Writing)
•    Dr. Youn Mi Lee (Family Science)
•    Dr. Bob Sample (Microbiology/Virology)
•    Dr. Reyna Vergara (Spanish literature and language acquisition)

Richardson added, “Anyone who is interested in doing one-on-one research with a faculty member will learn how to pursue that opportunity at The W, and they’ll learn what that research might look like in a variety of areas.”

Registration is not required for the event. Participants are encouraged to submit questions via Zoom or Facebook during the virtual live event.

For information, including the links to join virtually, please visit the OUR website ( or Facebook page (

The OUR operates to support and encourage undergraduate researchers at The W at any level and from any background. OUR provides opportunities for students to participate in projects, conferences, publications and internships that focus on conducting research and creative exploration. The OUR is located in Fant Memorial Library.

Oct. 26, 2020
Contact: Tyler Wheat
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