Points of Pride
The Mississippi State chapter of business education honor society Pi Omega Pi ranked No. 1 in the nation for 2012. The honor society's purposes include the promotion of scholarship, service, and high ethical standards in business education, as well as the creation of fellowship among teachers of business subjects. MSU's chapter has ranked in the national Top 10 consistently for several years.
For the fifth year in a row, a Mississippi State student is the top banking and finance major in Mississippi higher education. William J. "Will" Robbins, a senior finance major from Pontotoc, was selected the 2012 Orrin H. Swayze Jr. Scholar of the Mississippi Young Bankers Association.
Mississippi State University students have claimed the last three Miss Mississippi titles.
Mississippi State's student chapter of the Society of American Foresters has been named the best in the nation. The chapter competed with 75 chapters nationally for the recognition. Led by MSU associate forestry professor Robert Grala, the chapter is judged on service to members, the community and the forestry program, among other criteria.
A team of students and faculty from the geosciences department are national forecasting champions for the second consecutive year. The Weather Challenge competition includes more than 70 colleges, universities, and research institutions from the United States and Canada.
Claire Fellman, a fourth-year veterinary medicine student from Ocean Springs, received a Morris Animal Foundation Veterinary Student Scholars grant to study immunosuppression in dogs. Her research has implications for both animals and humans. Fellman placed first in the national competition among students from some of the nation's most prominent colleges of veterinary medicine and students from Argentina, Australia, and the Netherlands.
New software developed by a College of Forest Resources student will provide insight into deer populations by analyzing rack sizes on bucks from trail camera photographs. After seeing a demonstration of the software at a national meeting, a Texas-based company obtained a license agreement from MSU to market the software as BuckScore. The software will be available to educators, scientists, and hunters to age and score antlers. of white-tailed deer.
The student chapter of the Society of American Foresters has been recognized as one of the top three student chapters in the nation for the last 11 years. Thechapter also has received the award for best website for the last 8 years.
In partnership with the Barnes & Noble campus bookstore, a textbook rental program saved university students more than $125,000 during the 2010 fall semester. The program allows students to rent their textbook for less than 50 percent of the purchase price of a new printed textbook.
MSU has a thriving Greek Life community with more than 30 fraternities and sororities on campus.
Professional Golf Management students have worked at more than 1,500 golf courses worldwide. The program has a 100 percent job placement rate following graduation.
Mississippi State has had 12 students named a national Barry M. Goldwater Scholar. The official U.S. tribute to the late former Arizona Republican senator and prominent American statesman recognizes excellence in the sciences.
Mississippi State ranks among the top 100 institutions across the country in the number of bachelor's degrees awarded to African-Americans.
The Department of Housing and Residence Life provides homes to nearly 4,000 MSU students, including 100 percent of first-time freshmen.