Points of Pride

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MSU’s College of Education is ranked in the nation’s top 100 best online graduate programs by U.S. News & World Report and the best in Mississippi.


Take a closer look at the evening news. Chances are those cars rolling off the assembly line, those efforts to eliminate starvation in developing countries, and even NASA’s latest space exploration are powered by ideas and research from Mississippi State. 

As a global, diversified research institution, the university is providing limitless possibilities for students to put new technologies to work, find new ways to feed the world, plan better ways to boost the nation’s economy, and prepare for the energy needs of tomorrow.

Since Mississippi State’s beginning in 1878, every accomplishment, every breakthrough, every idea – great or small – has been fueled by an unwavering determination to make a difference. From a comprehensive set of educational options and groundbreaking research to award-winning service initiatives and an environment that embraces intellectual and creative freedom, the Mississippi State experience is transforming and empowering communities throughout the world.

At the heart of this success is a forward-thinking mission that integrates three defining components of student life and personal development: learning, research, service.

Consider these 150-plus reasons that make Mississippi State one of the nation’s leading universities – where We Ring True!


  • MSU is on the cutting edge of research and integration into the nation’s airspace, serving as the national lead university for the FAA’s Center of Excellence for Unmanned Aircraft Systems.
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  • Mississippi State ranks among the top 50 best colleges in the south in Money Magazine’s “Best Colleges for Your Money” 2017 listing.
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  • Recognized as one of the most influential institutions in entrepreneurship research, Mississippi State is ranked by the Journal of Small Business as No. 6 in the world for the impact of its entrepreneurship research.
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  • MSU touts recipients of some of the world’s most prestigious and celebrated scholarships, including Rhodes, Truman, Goldwater and Gates Cambridge.
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  • MSU’s research and development expenditures reached $226.4 million in 2016, accounting for more than half of the total $410 million spent in this area by all Mississippi institutions.
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  • Solutions to world hunger and poverty are within reach at Mississippi State, where globally diversified teams are combining forces with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations to eliminate starvation in developing countries.
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  • Mississippi State’s chapter of the Society of American Foresters earned first place honors in the national organization’s 2017 collegiate quiz bowl, featuring teams from more than 30 colleges and universities.
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  • Posting back-to-back appearances in the NCAA Final Four, including a historic semifinal win that snapped UCONN’s 111-game winning streak, Mississippi’s State’s women’s basketball team finished as national runner up in both the 2017 and 2018 seasons.
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  • MSU’s Space Cowboys Rocket Team is world-renowned, outperforming more than 70 university teams from seven countries to win the 2015 Intercollegiate Rocket Engineering Competition.
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  • Through extensive research, MSU scientists are pioneering medical solutions to help us predict when new flu viruses will arise, and more importantly, to develop vaccines before an epidemic or pandemic hits.
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  • Mississippi State’s student-led teams are developing the Car of the Future®  – a lighter, greener, more cost-effective hybrid built on technologies that will lead to energy independence and environmental stewardship.
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  • Fixed on defeating the full spectrum of cyber attacks, Mississippi State’s National Science Foundation CyberCorps program is the 3rd largest in the country.
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  • One in three of today’s on-air broadcast meteorologists is a graduate of MSU’s nationally recognized meteorology program.
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  • MSU is boosting educational achievement across Mississippi via a partnership that encourages the state’s best and brightest students to become teachers.
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  • Consistent winners in the Department of Energy’s Advanced Vehicle Technology Competitions, Mississippi State’s student-led teams specialize in modeling of some of the most-advanced vehicle powertrains on the planet.
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  • As a leader in integrated computational materials engineering, MSU researchers are working to eliminate sports-related concussions via more innovative designs that make helmets safer.
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  • As one of only six universities in the nation to house a presidential library, MSU is proud to be the home of the Ulysses S. Grant Presidential Library.
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  • Mississippi State University researchers are partnering with utility leader Entergy Corporation to develop software programs that make the nation’s electric grid more reliable and help determine a site’s ability to power current and future economic development needs.
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  • MSU scientists are working to better understand sickle cell anemia with the goal of improving the lives of patients.
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  • As designers of the first all-composite airplane and small business jet ever built in the United States, MSU researchers boast a history of aeronautics research and education.
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  • Mississippi State’s 2014 football team holds the NCAA record for the fastest rise from unranked to No. 1, a spot it held for five weeks. The Bulldogs finished the season with an impressive 10-2 record while posting a perfect 7-0 mark at home for only the second time in school history.
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  • Providing students with research and academic opportunities around the world, MSU partners with Université Internationale de Rabat in Morocco to implement a School of Automotive Engineering and encourage students to study abroad.
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  • Just hours after Hurricane Katrina devastated the Mississippi Gulf Coast, Mississippi State was assisting coastal residents. Nearly 500 rescues were performed by the U.S. Coast Guard from the information provided by MSU volunteers, earning the university a role in the State of Mississippi’s official emergency response plan.
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  • Robotic technology pioneered by MSU computer engineers brings healing to children and adults recovering from abusive situations or Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
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  • Listed as a Top 50 university for veterans by Military Times, MSU earned the 2018 Military Friendly Schools Gold Medal, a reflection of MSU’s commitment to America’s armed services veterans and their families.
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  • Mississippi State holds a top social media presence among U.S. higher education institutions, ranking 11th on Facebook and 37th on Twitter per a 2017 report by Engagement Labs.
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  • MSU archaeologists are hailed around the world for their discovery of six official clay seals in Israel, offering supporting evidence of the existence of biblical kings David and Solomon.
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  • MSU’s Center for Entrepreneurship & Outreach helps young entrepreneurs raise more than $1 million each year to launch more than 100 new ventures.
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  • Turf grasses developed and licensed by MSU have been used on fields at the Rose Bowl, an array of major league baseball parks and several prestigious golf courses.
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  • MSU’s baseball team is a perennial powerhouse, playing in nine College World Series tournaments and finishing as national runner up in the 2013 campaign. Meanwhile, the Diamond Dawgs own the NCAA’s on-campus, single-game attendance record at 15,586.
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  • An interdisciplinary team of top researchers at Mississippi State is working to understand graphene and its effects on composite materials in pursuit of solutions that protect airplanes from lightning strikes and spacecraft from micrometeoroid orbital debris.
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  • MSU’s School of Architecture stands out as one of the nation’s best for its work on a storm-resistant change and development project designed to protect and enhance affected Northeast communities damaged by Hurricane Sandy.
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  • As part of its goal to encourage globalization, Mississippi State is partnering with Shandong Agricultural University in China to offer a dual degree program in forestry.
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  • MSU’s Risk Management and Insurance curriculum is ranked in the nation’s top 20, according to Best Review.
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  • MSU researchers are applying cutting-edge technology along the Mississippi Gulf Coast to map the flow of currents with a goal of saving the state of Mississippi millions of dollars spent to replace crucial barrier islands.
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  • Sporting a rich history that includes development of the world’s first all-composite airplane, MSU’s Raspet Flight Research Laboratory is one of the largest flight research laboratories in the U.S.
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  • Among the many accomplishments of researchers at MSU's High Performance Computing Collaboratory is a turbomachinery simulation code that serves as the industry standard for turbomachinery manufacturers and researchers, including the Navy's Carderock Division of the Naval Surface Warfare Center.
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  • MSU engineers are at the forefront of autonomous vehicle design, developing and testing solutions that will make cars safer through advanced technologies such as sensors and artificial intelligence.
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  • As a member of the Global Aquaculture Advancement Partnership, MSU is recognized as an international Center for Knowledge for Aquatic Health by the World Food Programme of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization.
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  • As the largest among North American universities, MSU’s high voltage laboratory serves as an independent, non-industrial, university research center for high voltage engineering.  The multi-purpose facility supports industry and utilities with research and evaluation/testing needs while providing a state-of-the-art learning environment for students.
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  • The Boeing Company, one of the world's leading aerospace companies, relies on MSU to host its Stitched Resin Infused Composite Research Center, which facilitates and promotes research in the field of aerospace composite structures leveraging resin infusion and stitching technology.
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  • Mississippi State is one of only six U.S. higher-learning institutions currently offering poultry science degrees. Because campus research programs and teaching curricula mirror current maintenance and production practices, the university sends 100 percent of department graduates directly into the industry or its allied businesses.
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  • Recognized by the U.S. Department of Commerce for its $5 billion economic impact, MSU’s Center for Advanced Vehicular Systems stands as the primary Southeastern academic resource in complex interdisciplinary fields such as automotive, aerospace and transportation industries.
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  • As the demand for energy sources grows, MSU scientists are investigating energy crops and processing methods in pursuit of alternative fuels that place the university at the forefront of bioenergy production.
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  • Mississippi State is among the National Science Foundation’s Top 100 research universities and has been ranked in the top 5 percent nationally for agricultural research expenditures for the last 10 years.
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  • MSU is recognized as a Top 50 institution for research expenditures in the humanities, according to National Science Foundation data.
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  • As winner of the Facility Maintenance Decision Achievement award, Mississippi State is one of the nation’s most energy-efficient campuses, with more than $20 million in savings over seven years.
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  • With a focus on contributing proactively to strong regional economic development, MSU’s Raspet Flight Research Laboratory has created successful Mississippi manufacturing ventures for companies such as Airbus Helicopters, Aurora Flight Sciences, Stark Aerospace and GE Aviation.
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  • As the first Mississippi unit to receive and distribute funding from BP after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, researchers in MSU’s Northern Gulf Institute led recovery using technology and expertise to predict where the oil would have the greatest impact on the ecosystem.
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  • MSU’s National Research and Training Center on Blindness and Low Vision is the only U.S. Department of Education-funded center focused on employment outcomes of persons with blindness or low vision.
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  • As a leader in cutting-edge research aimed at advancing the nation’s military, MSU was the first to complete flow simulations for a fully-configured submarine with a rotating propulsor that benefits Navy fleet safety and improved designs for ocean vessels.
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  • Mississippi State ranks among the Top 100 institutions across the country in the number of bachelor’s degrees awarded to African Americans.
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  • A teacher preparation program developed by MSU’s Research and Curriculum Unit serves as a national model and creates a high school pathway for students planning careers in education and training.
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  • Offering one of the most sophisticated diagnostic and treatment systems anywhere, Mississippi State’s College of Veterinary Medicine provides neurological and oncology care to canine patients from around the nation. Setting the center apart is a 64-slice CT scanner, a 3-T MRI scanner, a 4-D ultrasound machine, and a linear accelerator capable of targeting a tumor within 5 millimeters.
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  • Sanctioned by the Professional Golfers’ Association of America, MSU’s Professional Golf Management program is the second oldest in the nation, boasting 100 percent placement of graduates at more than 1,200 golf courses worldwide.
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  • MSU research teams are uncovering breakthroughs in treatment and prevention of CHARGE syndrome, a genetic condition that leads to a host of life-threatening birth defects, while providing crucial support resources for parents and helping physicians around the globe gain awareness so symptoms can be detected and addressed earlier.
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  • With 593 trillion computations per second, MSU’s supercomputer is one of the fastest in the world, placing MSU at the cutting edge of solving complex problems around the globe.
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  • MSU researchers are setting the pace in their pursuit of antidotes for nerve agents that pose risk to military and civilian populations.
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  • Mississippi State offers the state’s only petroleum engineering degree program in response to a high demand from industry for graduates with experience in drilling, production, petroleum economics and reservoir engineering.
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  • A charter member of the Accreditation Council for Cooperative Education, Mississippi State boasts one of the largest cooperative education programs in the nation with more than 500 students.
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  • In 2017, MSU’s Maroon Volunteer Center connected more than 6,500 students, faculty, and staff volunteers to 85 community and campus partners, performing 34,192 community service hours.
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  • Research and development expenditures in MSU’s computer science program were nearly $10 million in 2016, placing the university in the National Science Foundation’s top 50 national ranking.
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  • MSU’s T.K. Martin Center for Technology and Disability, which has received numerous grant awards for its work in ensuring that persons with disabilities benefit from technological solutions and advances in the field of assistive technology, is removing barriers for clients with mobility, hearing, visual, communication and cognitive impairments.
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  • Designated as a Center of Excellence for Watershed Management by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Mississippi State is helping communities identify watershed-based problems and develop locally sustainable solutions that enhance water quality and quantity.
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  • Touting the nation’s top collegiate Jersey herd and second-largest on-campus dairy manufacturing plant, Mississippi State annually produces 369,000 gallons of milk, 9,000 gallons of ice cream, and 300,000 pounds of cheese – all sold exclusively on the MSU campus.
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  • MSU is part of an international team that described the first gold-standard genome sequence for cotton, leading to increased cotton production, quality and sustainability.
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  • Through its support of the multi-billion-dollar poultry industry, MSU ranks among the nation’s best in agricultural sciences research and development spending.  The university is one of six poultry science degree-granting departments in the United States, boasting 100 percent placement of graduates since the first poultry science degree was awarded in 1948.
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  • With the Mississippi River Valley alluvial aquifer – the Mississippi Delta’s main source of irrigation – losing 300,000 acre feet per year, MSU scientists are leading the pursuit of new irrigation methods toward increased agricultural productivity and profitability.
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  • Mississippi State’s Institute for Clean Energy Technology is home to the world’s most advanced research infrastructure for testing HEPA filters used in containment systems for processing radioactive waste.
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  • According to Poets and Quants, MSU’s Distance MBA program is the most affordable among the nation’s highly-ranked online MBA programs.
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  • Through a partnership supported by the U.S. Department of Defense, MSU’s College of Business is co-authoring celebrity branding models capable of predicting the rise of violent extremist organizations (i.e. ISIS) that pose viable threats to the U.S.
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  • U.S. News & World Report ranks MSU’s Bagley College of Engineering in the nation’s Top 50 for Best Online Graduate Engineering Programs.
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  • With its exquisite interior detail and rich history, the MSU Riley Center in Meridian is listed in Architectural Digest’s 14 Historic American Theatres.
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  • With graduates working in art and design-related disciplines from coast to coast, MSU’s Department of Art is home to the state’s largest undergraduate studio art program.
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  • Work by MSU geoscientists led to the surprising discovery of widespread methane leakage from the ocean floor, spurring further investigation into underwater ecosystems around the world.
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  • More than a decade since Hurricane Katrina, MSU’s Gulf Coast Community Design Studio continues to implement globally relevant housing designs to address affordability, promote healthy communities, and ensure storm resilient landscapes and infrastructures.
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  • Thad Cochran Research, Technology and Economic Development Park at Mississippi State University is the state’s largest and oldest research park. The 272-acre park features 12 buildings that are home to more than 1,500 employees and private businesses, spin-off companies, government offices and research centers and institutes.
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  • Mississippi State’s scanning electron microscopes are helping corporations maintain millions of dollars in assets. Researchers, both at the university and in industry, say having access to very high-end scientific equipment and helpful, knowledgeable staff members are what they appreciate most about MSU’s Institute for Imaging and Analytical Technologies or I2AT.
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  • The National Science Foundation ranks MSU 17th nationally for research and expenditures in social sciences.
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  • As a collaborative effort between Mississippi State University and the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center, the Institute for Systems Engineering Research Center located in Vicksburg is developing advanced systems to enhance existing industries, attract new jobs and bolster national defense capabilities.
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  • On the Mississippi Coast, where 90 percent of the local oyster population has vanished over the past decade, MSU is building computer models to simulate oyster movement and sustainability to not only boost the dwindling food source but to aid in coastal storm resilience and water filtration.
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  • Mississippi State is the first university in the nation to conduct national monitoring of the environmental benefits of conservation programs in the Farm Bill.
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  • In conjunction with Argonne National Laboratory, MSU is working to develop longer lasting, more cost-effective batteries for utility use while exploring ways to develop alternative energy sources like solar and wind.
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  • MSU's award-winning Gulf Coast Community Design Studio is one of only six centers selected nationwide by the Architects Foundation as a regional resilience design studio focused on helping communities prepare for disasters and the effects of climate change.
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  • Aware of MSU’s contributions to economic development throughout the state and beyond, the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities and its Commission on Innovation, Competitiveness and Economic Prosperity recognizes Mississippi State as an Innovation and Economic Prosperity University.
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  • MSU’s global agricultural commitment has led to many pioneering developments such as the anhydrous ammonia fertilizer, recognized as one of the most important agricultural contributions in history.
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  • MSU researchers are studying behavioral sleep medicine interventions, suicide, and aging to help improve the quality of life for those in Mississippi and around the world.
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  • Microbes swabbed from the bodies of actual crime-scene victims are the focus of MSU microbiologists, whose time-of-death research is impacting unsolved investigations.
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  • MSU’s College of Engineering is discovering systems of sustainable water supply and agricultural methods that will aid the effort to eliminate global hunger.
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  • MSU’s National Strategic Planning and Analysis Center partners with state agencies to produce real-time data on workforce availability and preparedness to help recruit new industries such as Yokohama Tire Corporation.
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  • Influenced by Congressman G.V. “Sonny” Montgomery’s legacy of support for those who serve or have served in the U.S. military, MSU’s Center for America’s Veterans is a leading provider of comprehensive services to student veterans, service members, dependents and survivors.
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  • MSU’s College of Veterinary Medicine maintains praise from the American Kennel Club for its Safe Haven for Pets program through which the university works with a domestic violence shelter to provide care for victims’ pets, many of which may also need protection and medical care.
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  • Mississippi State fans own the Guinness World Record for simultaneously ringing 5,748 cowbells during a 2015 gathering in Davis Wade Stadium, home of the university’s record-setting football team.
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  • Sporting more than 40 years of service, MSU’s Carl Small Town Center is improving quality of life and economic development throughout Mississippi via an intense concentration on renewing and improving the physical environment of small towns.
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  • Mississippi State is expanding its global reach through relationships like the one with Japan’s Nihon University College of Industrial Technology through which students enrolled at one university may pursue educational and research opportunities at the other.
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  • MSU researchers are designing and implementing environmentally friendly irrigation solutions that collect, conserve and recycle nutrient-rich water while securing the livelihood of farmers worldwide.
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  • MSU’s Center for Advanced Vehicular Systems “Clear Vision” engineering design project helped Nissan North America-Canton increase testing capability, vehicle quality, and is now a worldwide standard for the company.
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  • As one of the nation’s leading institutions for geospatial sciences instruction and research, MSU is designated as a Center of Academic Excellence in Geospatial Sciences by the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency and the U.S. Geological Survey.
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  • Mississippi State University partners with the Mississippi Development Authority and local communities to attract new industries like Nissan, Paccar and Yokohama.
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  • Edging a Harvard University team and an Austin, Texas-area professional chapter to win the 2015 Penetron International EWB-USA Grant Award Contest, MSU’s Engineers Without Borders chapter is expanding its fresh-water sustainability project to make a difference in a rural African community.
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  • MSU’s Bricks-to-Clicks Program is helping entrepreneurs and communities start and grow online businesses through social media, blogs, websites, mobile apps and e-commerce.
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  • With more than 70 percent of its graduates pursuing medical-related careers, MSU Extension’s Rural Medical Scholars program is inspiring young minds to impact community health care throughout Mississippi.
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  • MSU’s Society of American Foresters owns an impressive 20-year run as one of the nation’s most outstanding chapters.
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  • Mississippi State ranks 64th nationally among public universities for research and development expenditures and 59th among non-medical institutions.
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  • MSU’s Center for Government and Community Development is helping Mississippi communities grow via an array of services that include leadership development, strategic planning and economic impact studies.
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  • Mississippi State is a charter member of the Southeastern Conference, one of the nation’s most accomplished sports conferences in terms of winning reputation and financial success.
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  • Crop education from MSU’s Extension faculty saves Mississippi farmers more than $14 million in unnecessary treatment costs annually.
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  • MSU’s Center for Advanced Vehicular Systems Extension engineers led Navistar’s manufacturing system development, including the use of advanced modeling and simulation techniques, to help the company enhance its production of mine-resistant armored protection vehicles, commonly called MRAPs, for the U.S. Department of Defense in West Point, Mississippi.
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  • Winner of the prestigious National Council of Architectural Registration Boards award, MSU’s School of Architecture is implementing programs that integrate practice and education while raising awareness of the architect’s responsibilities for the public health, safety and welfare.
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  • The Arbor Day Foundation recognizes MSU as a Tree Campus USA, where the 140-year-old land-grant institution annually plants 80-100 new trees along with more than 50,000 daffodils and other color plants on the nearly 1,500 maintained acres of its Starkville campus.
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  • A special treatment process created by MSU scientists is increasing the lifespan of railway crossties across America from eight years to more than 25 years while saving the railway industry millions of dollars each year.
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  • As key players in the USDA Migratory Bird Habitat Initiative following the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, MSU scientists led the way with their evaluation of alternate wetlands for migratory and resident water birds.
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  • Boasting a near-perfect pass rate, MSU’s College of Veterinary Medicine allows students to experience nearly 70 surgeries before graduation, compared to the national average of only 5.
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  • MSU Agricultural Experiment Station scientists monitor 610 various environmental and plant process signals every 10 seconds to understand how environmental stressors impact crops.
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  • Targeting support of Mississippi's $1 billion deer hunting business, MSU and the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks developed the Deer Management Assistance Program, which helps landowners manage white-tailed deer populations while serving as the prototype for 20 other states.
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  • Mississippi State is working to strengthen K-12 teaching across the state via a 10-year collaborative teacher preparation program with the University of Mississippi.
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  • MSU President Mark E. Keenum served as the 2016 – 2018 president of the Southeastern Conference, where he worked to promote the academic achievements of students, faculty and staff members throughout the conference.
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  • Forest industry companies worldwide benefit each day from a first-of-its-kind forest inventory and information system created at Mississippi State that combines satellite remote sensing data and ground surveys to pinpoint available resources and the best locations for mills and manufacturing plants.
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  • Mississippi State is one of only a few universities in the nation to offer retail training for students pursuing a degree in floral management.
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  • MSU Agricultural Experiment Station scientists developed a vaccine and vaccine delivery system to protect catfish from commonly occurring bacteria that can cause death, saving the industry $30-40 million annually.
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  • Software created by MSU scientists analyzes social media data during natural disasters to communicate information to emergency responders in real-time.
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  • MSU is building the foundation for resilient farmer livelihoods bringing together leading U.S. and African soybean researchers to provide technical knowledge and innovation to achieve the development-to-commercialization process of soybeans in Sub-Saharan Africa and in other emerging countries.
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  • Research teams at MSU’s Center for Advanced Vehicular Systems are implementing idle reduction technology in armored trucks that will lead to significant energy savings and efficiency.
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  • Recognized nationally for its leadership in cyber security, MSU is one of only nine schools in the U.S. to hold all three of the National Security Agency’s centers of academic excellence credentials: CAE-Cyber Defense Education, CAE-Cyber Defense Research, and CAE-Cyber Operations.
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  • Scientists in MSU’s Forest and Wildlife Research Center are helping airlines around the country save lives and money via altered landscape solutions near airports that reduce airplane-bird collisions.
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  • MSU holds one of two Design Excellence Awards from the American Institute of Architects for its role in implementing the Oktibbeha County Heritage Museum’s green infrastructure and sustainable building technologies, a five-year effort involving more than 200 university students.
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  • Working in close collaboration with Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. MSU researchers are using big-data analytics and high-performance computing to solve some of the nation’s top cyber security problems.
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  • With extensive experience in testing products for every furniture manufacturer in the nation, MSU’s Forest and Wildlife Research Center applies its research and technical assistance to save Mississippi furniture manufacturers more than $1 million dollars each year.
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  • As a leader in cutting-edge research aimed at advancing the nation’s military, MSU is supporting the Department of Defense’s mission by developing a high performance computing based environment for next-generation ground vehicles.
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  • Businesses worldwide look to MSU’s Adkerson School of Accountancy, which consistently places 100 percent of its graduates in full-time jobs.
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  • MSU’s Center for Advanced Vehicular Systems Extension projects had more than a $5.9 billion economic impact in the state of Mississippi while creating or retaining 4,644 jobs from 2006 to 2017, according to data collected by the U.S. Department of Commerce.
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  • One of the most significant programs for architecture students in the U.S., the Aydelott Travel Award provides MSU students with the opportunity to visit and research some of the most unique buildings in the world.
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  • MSU’s Center for Family Enterprise Research ranks as the best family business research center in the world, according to the Family Business Review, Chinese Economic Quarterly, and the Handbook of Research on Family Business.
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  • Scientists in the MSU Forest and Wildlife Research Center were the first to develop bioremediation techniques to clean-up contaminated industrial sites.
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  • Through a prestigious grant awarded by the National Institutes of Health, MSU’s College of Veterinary Medicine is collaborating with the University of Alabama at Birmingham to further research focusing on a state-of-the-art therapy for glioblastomas, an aggressive brain tumor found in canines and humans.
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  • With a design project featured at the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum in New York City, MSU is the first university in the state of Mississippi to have a piece accepted to a Smithsonian exhibition or collection.
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  • Via its nationally ranked cybersecurity program, MSU’s M.S. in Cyber Security and Operations was selected by the US Navy as a model curriculum.
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  • Winner of the national Digital Government Achievement Award, MS Works, a free mobile app designed by MSU’s National Strategic Planning and Analysis Center for the Mississippi Department of Employment Security, is connecting citizens with job opportunities across the state.
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  • MSU was among the universities that NASA turned to when the space shuttle flight with former senator John Glenn faced serious challenges on re-entry. After a steel plate protecting the drag chute on the spacecraft dislodged during launch, MSU researchers condensed a three-month simulation of the event into two days to ensure a safe return.
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  • While MSU’s football team is known nationally for performance, its Scott Field playing surface has been recognized by the Sports Turf Managers Association as the Football Field of the Year for colleges and universities with natural turf.
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  • Through the Homeward Bound Project developed and operated by students at our College of Veterinary Medicine, over 4,000 dogs have been transported from over-crowded conditions to adoption-guaranteed shelters and a chance at a better life.
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  • MSU’s College of Education is ranked in the nation’s top 100 best online graduate programs by U.S. News & World Report and the best in Mississippi.
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  • MSU’s Distance Master of Science in Information System’s (non-MBA) program is ranked in the nation’s top 100 by U.S. News & World Report.
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  • Mississippi State’s partnership with Morocco’s Université Internationale de Rabat is recognized as America’s top international affiliation, having received the 2017 IIE Andrew Heiskell Award for International Partnerships.
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  • Three of MSU’s Bagley College of Engineering disciplines are rated in the National Science Foundation’s top 50 for research and development expenditures, including mechanical at 24th, aeronautical and astronautical at 37th, and electrical at 49th.
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  • For the third consecutive year, MSU’s beautiful campus is nationally recognized for exceptional grounds maintenance by the Professional Grounds Management Society’s Green Star Awards competition.
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  • Mississippi State is ranked among the nation’s Top 50 fashion design and merchandising programs according to Fashion-Schools.org, with MSU’s fashion design program placing 34th overall and fifth in the south.
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  • Design Intelligence ranked MSU’s School of Architecture as the nation’s 25th best in 2016 from a list of approximately 140 architectural programs accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board.
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  • The MSU College of Forest Resources is one of the only programs in the nation to offer hands-on experience in applied forest management through the intensive, nine-week summer field program.
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  • The National Science Foundation ranks Mississippi State among the nation’s Top 100 research institutions and the Magnolia State’s leading research university.
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  • Mississippi State is the second university in the nation to boast a student chapter of the Accounting and Financial Women’s Alliance, a leading women’s professional accounting organization focused on the professional growth of women in all facets of accounting and finance.
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  • Through a $6.5 million, five-year grant, MSU’s College of Veterinary Medicine is collaborating with the Institute for Marine Mammal Studies in Gulfport, Miss., to provide opportunities for veterinary students to engage in marine animal medicine.
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  • Paving the way for a new era of aviation, Mississippi State leads the Department of Homeland Security’s Common UAS Demonstration Range Facility.
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  • According to U.S. News & World Report, MSU’s College of Business’ Distance MBA program is ranked among the nation’s best, achieving the highest ranking of any online MBA program in Mississippi.
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  • Mississippi State University’s Air Force ROTC detachment owns the national 2016 Team Excellence Award for AFROTC, topping 145 U.S. units.
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  • Committed to Mississippi’s nearly $8 billion agriculture and forestry industry, 44 percent of MSU’s overall research and expenditures in 2016 were dedicated to agricultural sciences and natural resources and conservation.
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  • MSU researchers are designing new biosensors that can immediately detect issues in oil pipelines, preventing damaging leaks and maintaining the pipeline’s distribution.
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  • MSU’s Adkerson School of Accountancy’s undergraduate and master’s programs are ranked among the top 20 in the country by the Commerce Clearing House Public Accounting Report for programs with 15 or fewer faculty.