Mississippi Students Present at Regional Research Conference

October 25, 2017

Joshua Hurssey, right, presents his research at the Southeast Regional IDeA Conference.

Twelve students from across Mississippi presented their research at the 2017 Southeast Regional IDeA Conference in Morgantown, West Virginia earlier this month.

This biennial conference attracts hundreds of researchers from Arkansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Puerto Rico, South Carolina and West Virginia. Researchers are able to present their research and network with others in their field.

The twelve Mississippi students all participated in a research experience through Mississippi IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence (INBRE). Mississippi INBRE is a grant funded by the National Institutes of Health and housed at The University of Southern Mississippi.

“I am truly grateful for the opportunity Mississippi INBRE Research Scholars Program game me,” said Mississippi INBRE Scholar Joshua Hurssey. “I was introduced to many people who are successful in their careers and made connections with mentors.”

At this year’s conference, three Mississippi students received awards for their research. Award winners included Mississippi Valley State University student, Hurssey, Millsaps College student, Reagan McGuffee, and Delta State University student, Kathryn Penton.

“I most enjoyed the conversations I had with many of the attendees,” said McGuffee. “The students and professors were very open about their research and seemed very interested in our projects.”

Mississippi INBRE, directed by Dr. Mohamed Elasri, associate dean and professor in The University of Southern Mississippi’s College of Science and Technology, is a statewide program that is supported by an award from the National Institutes of General Medical Sciences.

Their mission is to enhance the biomedical foundation in Mississippi and to reach out to Mississippians in order to improve health throughout the state.

Mississippi INBRE seeks to engage talented researchers and students in biomedical research projects that will increase the state’s research competitiveness as well as impact the health of citizens of Mississippi.