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Department News for 2014

April 9
Biological Sciences Students Inducted to Society of Scholars
CONGRATULATIONS to Rachel Cox (BIO), Bree Harris (BIO), Kaleb Kennedy (BIO), William Kettleman (BIO), Amy Kraft (BIO), Ashley Kraft (BIO), Kathryn Lucas (MIC), Stephanie Sorrell (MDT), and Landen Tharp (MIC). These students were inducted to the Spring 2014 Society of Scholars on April 8.

The Society of Scholars, MSU's most prestigious academic honorary society, recognizes top students each semester from all majors who have demonstrated the highest standard of academic excellence. In addition to specific fields of study, each has completed additional coursework in the arts, sciences and humanities.

April 9
2014 BURP Symposium
The Biological Undergraduate Research Program held its 7th annual Research Symposium on March 28, 2014, in Harned Hall. Twenty poster entries and presentations were judged by a panel of MSU Faculty and graduate students and the top three were selected for Downer Undergraduate Research Awards.

The students receiving awards were First Place: Austin Burkenstock (Dr. Donna Gordon's lab); Co Second Place: Perceus Mody (Dr. Justin Thornton's lab) and Sally White (Dr. Janet Donaldson's lab); Third Place: Carter Holland,(Dr. James Stewart's lab). In addition, Dr. Donna Gordon, Associate Professor of Biological Sciences, received the First Place Mentor Award.

The students each received an engraved plaque, a cash award, and Austin and Dr. Gordon each received an engraved cowbell--GO RESEARCH DAWGS!

April 3
Doctoral Student Receives Grant
Doctoral student Cory Shoemaker recently received a $48,000 grant from the Mississippi Water Resources Research Institute and the US Geological Survey for his research into wetland restoration practices in the Mississippi Delta.

Cory's planned dissertation research aims to determine how ecological function in restored Delta wetlands responds to agricultural and other human activities on the surrounding landscape.

The project is being advised by Cory's Major Professor, Dr. Gary Ervin (Professor of Biological Sciences), and their collaborator, Dr. Robbie Kroger (Assistant Professor of Wildlife, Fisheries & Aquaculture).

March 19
Dr. Donaldson Receives A&S Award
Congratulations to Dr. Janet Donaldson, Associate Professor of Biological Sciences. Dr. Donaldson is the recipient of the 2014 College of Arts & Sciences Research in the Natural & Physical Sciences and Mathematics & Statistics Award.

March 19
Mr. Holder Receives Arts & Sciences Teaching Award
Congratulations to Tom Holder, Instructor of Biological Sciences. Mr. Holder is the recipient of the
2014 College of Arts & Sciences Teaching in the Natural & Physical Sciences and Mathematics & Statistics Award.

February 3
Dr. Diana Outlaw Named A&S Researcher of the Month
Dr. Diana Outlaw, Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences, has been named as the College of Arts & Sciences Researcher of the Month for February 2014, jointly with Ms. Amy Moe-Hoffman, Instructor of Geosciences. Please access the following link for more information:

http://www.cas.msstate.edu/research/ - external link