The University of Mississippi
Office of the Chancellor


Amazing students were recognized over the past year with top achievements in national competitions, including three national titles, national scholarships, prestigious awards, and nationally competitive fellowships:

  • A team from the School of Law won the prestigious 23rd Annual National Environmental Law Moot Court Competition. The team – second-year law student Dreda Culpepper of Oxford and third-year law students Christina Ashoo of Oxford and Neal Wise of Jackson – beat out peers from 72 law schools across the nation.
  • The UM Forensics team won two national championship titles at the Delta Sigma Rho-Tau Kappa Alpha National Tournament hosted by Clemson University
  • The UM Opera Theatre Ensemble won first place in the National Scenes Competition at the annual National Opera Association Convention with its performance of “Reading of the Will” from Puccini’s “Gianni Schicchi.”
  • The Rebel Battalion was selected as second-best in the nation in the annual Order of the Founders and Patriots of America “Outstanding Army ROTC Unit Award.”
  • Eight students from Ole Miss were selected as Gilman Scholars. These students will be traveling to Japan, South Korea, China, Ecuador, Jordan, South Africa, and the United Kingdom. These awards place UM in the Top 10 among American universities in the number of scholarships awarded. In the SEC, we are second to only Florida.
  • Christina Bonnington, who earned her bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering in 2010, was named one of five national Tau Beta Pi Laureates. Tau Beta Pi is the world’s largest engineering honor society.
  • The UM chapter of Beta Alpha Psi, the accounting student national honorary society, was selected as one of seven Gold Chapters in the nation.
  • Chelsea Caveny, a senior public policy leadership major from Hattiesburg, is the University of Mississippi’s first winner of the prestigious George J. Mitchell Scholarship.
  • Peter Bowman Hitchens, a senior history and religion major from Charlotte, N.C., received one of the 10 Governor’s Initiative for Volunteer Excellence awards.
  • Pablo Mariaca, a senior civil engineering and economics major from Bolivia, was awarded a 2011 CH2M Hill Engineers Without Borders-USA Scholarship.
  • Amanda Waters, a Ph.D. student in pharmacognosy, received a prestigious fellowship from the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program. The award provides an annual stipend of $30,000 for up to three years, for a total of $90,000.
  • Natalie Watanabe, a Master of Taxation student, was one of six students selected nationally to participate in the Financial Accounting Standards Board post-graduate technical assistant program.
  • Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College student Ryan Parsons was selected as one of three 2011 Portz Scholars in the National Collegiate Honors Council's competition for outstanding honors papers.