Honors College E-News

October 17, 2016


  • Tues. 10/18: University Forum with Bryan Stevenson @ 6:30 (Bennett Auditorium)
  • Fri. 10/28: Puppy Therapy Day @ 11:00 (Honor House)
  • Sat. 10/29: Homecoming Tailgate @ 3:30 (Honor House)



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University Forum: American Injustice

Bryan Stevenson is a founder of the Equal Justice Initiative based in Montgomery, Alabama. His arguments before the Supreme Court in 2012 led to the end of mandatory life sentences for crimes committed by children. He is the author of the bestseller Just Mercy, winner of the Dayton Literary Peace Prize for Nonfiction, and was awarded a prestigious MacArthur Fellowship in 1995 and the Olaf Palme Prize in 2000. Bryan Stevenson’s address to the Forum will make the case that retribution must be tempered with mercy.

Dr. Stevenson will continue the 2016-2017 University Forum season on October 18 at 6:30 p.m. in Bennett Auditorium at Southern Miss. The event is free and open to everyone.








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The Next Puppy Therapy Day will be on Oct. 28!

Need a break? The Southern Pines Animal Shelter puppies will be returning on the 28th to give all of us a much needed break.

Go ahead and make plans to be here that Friday from 11am to 1pm.

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Honoring Hard Work

The “Innocence Project” event held on Oct. 6 was a great success, with over 160 people in attendance. Tera Wilson, an HC student, helped co-organize this event after receiving money from the HC Research Grant program.



A Forum on Diversity and Inclusion

The Student Government Association and the Afro-American Student Association will be hosting a forum on Monday, Oct. 17, at 5 p.m. in Thad Cochran Center Ballroom I to talk about diversity and inclusion on our campus. This forum will provide an opportunity for students to hear from a panel of faculty and staff members who are well-versed on issues of diversity and also present questions for discussion.

Event Schedule for Campus Sustainability Month

The Office of Sustainability is hosting a series of events to celebrate Campus Sustainability Month.

For more information, click here.



Applying to Fall 2016 Eagle SPUR

Are you interested in conducting an independent research or creative project under a faculty mentor? Through Eagle SPUR, you can receive up to $1000 that can be used for supplies, travel, and stipend.

Proposals for the program are due on Tuesday, November 15 at 5 pm in this fall's competition. The application packet, preparation guidelines, and sample funded proposals may be found at www.usm.edu/research/cur (click on the Eagle SPUR link on the left side). Dr. Doug Masterson (Science and Technology) will be holding two sessions which will take students step by step through the entire proposal preparation process. One session will be held on Thursday, October 27, at 3:30 pm and the second on Friday, October 28, at 2 pm. Both will be in Cook Library Room 123.

Eagle Wings

And for those who have already completed projects that they would like to present at a conference, don't forget about Eagle Wings, which provides up to $1500 in funding to the set of meetings of the student's choice. CUR will also be taking four students to the National Conference on Undergraduate Research in Memphis in early April. Information about these programs may also be found on the website.

Posters on the Hill

This spring the Council on Undergraduate Research is sponsoring Posters on the Hill in which undergraduates from across the nation share their work in poster format in the U.S. Capitol in Washington. The two day event is designed to allow legislators and other congressional workers visit the posters and gain an appreciation of the research and creative contributions being made by these students. The event is highly selective with only about 10% of applicants, and usually no more than one per university, being accepted.

Southern Miss is proud to have had students participate in POH for several years now, and trust that this success will continue in 2017. We hope that you will encourage your students to apply, especially if they have projects that might be of particular interest to those shaping our national legislative issues. The Drapeau Center for Undergraduate Research will pay for all travel expenses for both student and mentor to Washington. The date of POH has yet to be finalized, but it is always held in early April. The deadline for application is November 4. Much more information may be found here.

And if you have any questions at all, please contact cur@usm.edu<mailto:cur@usm.edu> or 6-5997.

We look forward to many wonderful applications, and again thank you for all your work here at Southern Miss.


Apply for Southern Style

Southern Style is a diverse group of student leaders selected to serve as the official host group for The University of Southern Mississippi. Responsibilities include serving as hosts for University events, serving as orientation leaders and supporting retention efforts through the Office of New Student and Retention Programs.

To apply for Southern Style 2017, please click here. Applications are due Wednesday, October 19, 2016 by 5 p.m. (CST).*Please note: Southern Style applicants must be rising juniors or rising seniors.

The PPIA Junior Summer Institute

The application for the 2017 Public Policy & International Affairs Junior Summer Institute is now open. The PPIA Junior Summer Institute program prepares undergraduates to be competitive candidates for top degree programs in the fields of public policy, public administration or international affairs through participation in a Junior Summer Institute (JSI). Learn More!

PPIA is now accepting applications to the 2017 JSI program - Apply Today! Applications are due November 1, 2016. If you are interested in applying please make an appointment with Robyn Curtis, Director of Nationally Competitive Awards right away!

Applications for the Summer 2017 CLS Program are Available

The application for the Summer 2017 CLS program is open! This is a fully-funded overseas intensive language and cultural immersion program for American undergraduate and graduate students. With the goal of broadening the base of Americans studying and mastering critical languages and to build relationships between the people of the United States and other countries, CLS provides opportunities to a diverse range of students from across the United States at every level of language learning. Thus, students from all academic disciplines, including business, engineering, law, medicine, science, social sciences, arts and humanities are encouraged to apply.

The fourteen CLS languages are: Arabic, Azerbaijani, Bangla, Chinese, Hindi, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Persian, Punjabi, Russian, Swahili, Turkish, and Urdu. The deadline is November 16, 2016. Please contact Robyn Curtis right away if you are interested in this opportunity.

Leave a legacy. Be a leader!

Phi Beta Lambda, known as Future Business Leaders of America for high school students, is now here at USM! Come be a part of the largest career student organization in the world with over 230,000 members! This organization is open to all majors, and we want YOU! Travel the nation, network with students and CEOs, and compete for CASH prizes!

Look us up on Facebook and follow us on Twitter @usmpbl.

To learn more about PBL, contact President Michelle Le or VP Christen Leggett.



A Part Time Job Opportunity

McHard, McHard, Anderson & Associates, PLLC, a plaintiff's law firm in Hattiesburg has been the benefactor of employees that were members of the Honors College in the past, and currently have a job opportunity they would like to fill with another Honors student.The firm is interested in hiring an undergraduate honors student for a part-time position as File Clerk. The hours are flexible, with the only requirement being that he/she can work at least 20 hours per week.

Interested students should send a resume and availability to emchard@mchardlaw.com. We would also prefer a candidate with proficient typing skills, so they also ask that candidates include an approximate typing speed (in words per minute).



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