Organized research units are maintained by the University to conduct research on practical and theoretical problems. Faculty, students, and staff participate in research efforts of organized research groups. For the most part, the studies conducted through the special research units complement the research accomplished by undergraduates for senior research projects in their major fields and by graduate students for theses and dissertations.
The center develops and implements advanced computer simulations
and remote sensing technologies for building longer-lasting airfield
pavements and intermodal facilities, monitoring and preserving the
transportation infrastructure, and developing cost-effective procedures
for improving antiterrorism readiness, mobility through assessment
and airfield suitability analysis, and security evaluations for troops
and personnel deployment during emergency, humanitarian, and war operations.
CApRE, a unit of the Department of Psychology, provides research
and consultative services to help solve human resource problems for
agencies and companies. Staffed by social psychologists, clinical
psychologists, and cross-cultural trainers, CApRE offers help in the
following areas: evaluation of human service programs, evaluation
and research design in applied settings, intercultural communications,
intercultural training programs in mental health and industrial settings,
and statistical design and implementation.
The mission of the center is to improve the general understanding
of prehistoric and historic events in the state and region. Human
behavioral patterns, as chronicled in the archaeological record, are
nonrenewable cultural resources. By providing cultural resource management
expertise, the center helps ensure that construction projects comply
with federal laws concerning cultural resources.
The center functions as an interdisciplinary organizational unit
for research, training, information dissemination, and technical assistance
in the field of developmental disabilities and other handicapping
conditions. The center provides assistance, knowledge, and expertise
to public institutions, schools, state agencies, and community programs
striving to improve their services to handicapped citizens. The center
pulls together current resources and a broad range of generically
trained professionals to address complex issues in the health, education,
and social problems of handicapped persons.
The CMRET encourages the development of selected mineral resources from U.S. seabeds by providing opportunities for engineering systems research, development, and technology transfer within academic, governmental and industrial communities. It provides primary leadership and facilities for the education and training of the nation's scientists and engineers in the field of marine minerals. The CMRET is administered through the School of Engineering and the Mississippi Mineral Resources Institute (MMRI).
The center promotes efficiency and effectiveness in marketing and
management of pharmaceutical products and services in all segments
of the industry. Through a unique strategic alliance between the School
of Pharmacy and the School of Business Administration, the center
applies The University of Mississippi's distinctive competencies to
focused research and innovative educational programs involving health
The center promotes population education and research for the University,
state and region. It is the lead agency of the State Data Center for
Mississippi, a joint program of the US Bureau of the Census and the
state of Mississippi. In this capacity, the center distributes census
and other statistics, provides instruction on data analysis, and acts
as a liaison between the Bureau of the Census and data users in Mississippi.
The center also undertakes research on Mississippi's population and
on broader demographic problems; current research concerns population
movement and redistribution over the past 50 years in the state.
The center facilitates research and demonstration programs designed
to improve the quality of rural life in Mississippi and to serve as
models for other rural settings, both nationally and internationally.
The center's areas of emphasis include health and mental health services,
legal services, business development, education, social services,
environmental concerns, multicultural issues, and manpower and leadership
The center addresses the full spectrum of science, engineering, and
mathematics educational needs with the goals of developing a competitive
work force in Mississippi, addressing the particular needs of groups
underrepresented in this area (including women and minorities), and
improving the interface between groups working in this field. The
center analyzes census data and national projections to determine
the areas of greatest need and potential impact, and it serves as
a coordinating body for information about science, engineering, and
The CSHR was established as an ancillary part of the Department of
Communicative Disorders in the National Center for Physical Acoustics
to facilitate research opportunities for individuals in the field
of speech and hearing science with an interest in acoustic research.
The CSHR's mission is to advance understanding of the acoustic aspects
of speech and hearing disorders among adults and children, and to
develop and investigate innovative research ideas aimed toward the
diagnosis, treatment, and (re)habilitation of individuals having such
disorders. Research projects at present include assessing speech intelligibility,
laryngeal physiology, and hearing physiology in Navy divers under
adverse speaking and listening conditions; auditory perception in
listeners with impaired hearing; and the development of digital hearing
The center is a focal point for innovative education and research
on every aspect of Southern culture. The award-winning Encyclopedia
of Southern Culture, published in 1989, has been widely hailed as
a major contribution to the multidisciplinary study of the South and
was a phenomenal publishing success. Other center publications include
The South: A Treasury of Art and Literature; a five-volume anthology,
Mississippi Writers: Reflections of Childhood and Youth; the series
Cultural Perspectives on the American South; The Blues: A Bibliographical
Guide; and a magazine on an indigenous Southern musical form: Living
Blues. The center documents regional experience through taped recordings,
photography, and film. Through center efforts, the University Library
acquired the Kenneth S. Goldstein Folklore Collection, the B. B. King
Record Archive, the Lewisohn Collection of books and films on Native
Americans and blacks, and the O'Neal Living Blues Collection.
The center, based at the UM Field Station, will assist American agriculture
by addressing the impacts of agricultural practices and chemicals
on the environment and human health. Proposed facilities include a
laboratory building, education/demonstration building, a culturing
facility, and experimental field sites. The center will research nonpoint
and point pollution, aquatic systems as tools for integrated management
of agricultural production, agricultural water quality, and optimal
agricultural water use. Research issues to be addressed include use
of biologically based technology to clean water and reduce impacts
of contamination; enhancement of the quality of runoff from farms
to achieve waste-minimizing agriculture while meeting regulatory requirements;
conservation of agricultural water supplies through renovation and
reuse; reduction of sedimentation, contamination, and surface water
degradation through use of constructed aquatic environments; effective
and economical protocols for pesticide use; preregistration mesocosm
testing of new environmentally compatible chemicals; and detoxification
and microbial biotransformation of agrichemicals.
The Croft Institute for International Studies promotes teaching,
research, and service activities in international studies. The Croft
Institute helps prepare majors in international studies and other
students at The University of Mississippi for leadership in business,
public service, and other fields in an increasingly interdependent
world. In order to promote improvements in international studies throughout
the state and the region, the institute conducts professional development
workshops for high school foreign language and social studies teachers,
as well as for foreign language, history, and social science faculty
members at institutions of higher education.
Funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation, the Delta
Rural Systemic Initiative unites three states-Arkansas, Louisiana,
and Mississippi-to redress the performance gap experienced by students
in the rural, economically disadvantaged school districts of those
states. Their mission is to bring about systemic school reform to
ensure the Delta youth demonstrate globally competitive levels of
knowledge of skills in science, mathematics, and technology and skills.
Part of the Research Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences, ECHR-RIPS
conducts research and educational activities focused on identifying
and resolving problems of health services utilization and environmental
quality, and their relationships to health status. Research areas
include pharmaceutical marketing and management, rural health, and
The Gatlin Center for Economic Education promotes the goal of economic
literacy by supporting economic education in the state's schools.
Teachers of economics can obtain materials from the center to assist
them in using innovative approaches to teach economics. The center
also promotes quality teaching through regular seminars and workshops.
Jamie Whitten National Center for Physical
The NCPA has a three-fold purpose: To perform basic and applied research
in acoustics; to educate a cadre of professional scientists and engineers
who have a research specialization in acoustics; and to develop products,
designs, and techniques that can be commercially exploited and used
to improve the economy of the region. The staff consists of a group
of world-class scientists and engineers who have established themselves
as leading experts in many areas of acoustics research and education.
In the congressional act that established the center, funds were appropriated
to construct and equip a state-of-the-art research facility, especially
designed for acoustics research. Research projects underway at the
center include studies of thermoacoustics, entomology acoustics, soil
characterization by acoustical techniques, solid state acoustics,
the physics of sound propagation, the use of acoustics in aquaculture,
infrasound, physics of hearing, aeroacoustics, and aerodynamic noise.
The center designs, synthesizes, and develops new and novel pharmacotherapies,
pharmaceutical intermediates and medicinal chemistry methodologies
through collaborative and partnered R&D projects. It conducts
R&D that synergizes the collective interdisciplinary medicinal
chemistry skills and expertise of the academic, government, and private
The MMTC encourages the development of selected mineral resources
from U.S. seabeds by providing opportunities for engineering systems
research, development, and technology transfer within academic, governmental,
and industrial communities. It provides primary leadership and facilities
for the education and training of the nation's scientists and engineers
in the field of marine minerals. The MMTC is administered through
the School of Engineering and the Mississippi Mineral Resources Institute
(MMRI). The University of Mississippi concentrates on the operation
of the Continental Shelf Division of the MMTC, while the operation
of the Ocean Basins Division is subcontracted to the University of
Hawaii. The center conducts conferences, workshops, and instructional
courses that will complement its research endeavors.
The institute works directly with community representatives to apply
knowledge to the solution of community problems. It sponsors a nine-month
leadership conference which allows participants to develop effective
and broad community leadership skills. The institute is currently
working in more than 30 states on a variety of economic/community
development projects. It has helped establish leadership development
programs in more than 200 counties throughout the South. Its areas
of research and application include school reform, downtown redevelopment,
community assessment, leadership and leadership development, and a
variety of economic development topics.
The Mississippi Center for Military Personnel Research oversees and
conducts relevant research on a variety of military personnel issues.
Of particular importance is efficiency and effectiveness in recruiting,
selection and classification, and retention of military personnel.
The center attracts national and international experts to the region
who add their experience to the growing core of high-quality military
personnel researchers in the area. The center is closely associated
with the Navy Personnel Research Science and Technology Office (NPRST).
The primary goal of the MCSR is to provide high-performance computing
support of the instructional and research goals of Mississippi's state
universities. The MCSR makes at least one supercomputer available
to researchers and students at no charge and with equal access for
all state universities. The current high performance computers are
a Cray Y-MP8D and a Cray J-916. In addition, there is a Silicon Graphics
Power Challenge L workstation. There are FORTRAN and C++ compilers
on these machines, as well as complex engineering and scientific applications
The institute is an official advisory law revision, research, and
reform agency. It provides in- depth legal assistance to the legislature
and to state agencies on questions of law requiring extensive research.
The institute has the most complete law research facilities in the
state, a staff of full-time research attorneys, senior law student
research associates, and the expertise of the faculty of the School
of Law. Research findings and opinions are published in formal comprehensive
reports, briefs and monographs of narrow issues, together with proposed
statutes, ordinances, or regulations where appropriate. The institute
participates in sponsored research projects both as sole grantee and
as a law component of larger research projects.
MMRI's mission is to provide both the public and private sectors
with the expertise necessary for making responsible decisions regarding
Mississippi's mineral resources and environmental well-being. To achieve
these directives, the MMRI promotes mineral resources research and
education within the state, provides academic background and practical
expertise to interested agencies of industry, academia, and government,
promotes technology transfer between academia, industry, and government,
and ensures that future scientists and engineers receive appropriate
training by providing educational opportunities, work experience,
and financial support to students in the fields of mineral resource
research and development.
The center's missions include advancing the understanding of mechanisms
of water flow and sediment transport, and developing better methodologies
for conducting cost-effective research in the areas of hydrodynamics,
hydrology, hydraulics, and sedimentation engineering for the enhancement
of water resources, environment quality, ecological balance, and soil
The center is housed in the School of Accountancy and is co-sponsored
by the Academy of Accounting Historians.
The National Food Service Management Institute's mission is to provide
information and services that promote the continuous improvement of
the Child Nutrition Programs. The NFSMI conducts applied research,
develops educational programs and materials, and provides technical
assistance and professional development opportunities for child nutrition
professionals. The institute's national audience includes all schools,
school districts, child care centers, and child care sponsors that
provide meals for children through the federally funded Child Nutrition
Programs. It is a partner with the U.S. Department of Agriculture
and state administering agencies to provide research-based education
and resources that will enhance the operation and administration of
those programs in providing healthful, appealing, and cost-effective
The National Tax History Research Center is co-sponsored by the School
of Accountancy and the Academy of Accounting Historians. The center
is the nation's only research center and library devoted to the development
of income taxation in America.
The Pharmaceutical Marketing and Management Research Division of
the Research Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences (RIPS) in the School
of Pharmacy conducts research on pharmacy practice and pharmaceutical
marketing issues, supports graduate research training in pharmaceutical
marketing, assists with graduate teaching in the Department of Pharmacy
Administration, and conducts professional seminars and workshops on
pharmacy/pharmaceutical issues and marketing research techniques.
Approximately half of the research projects each year are internally
funded as pilot projects or graduate research projects. Although the
majority of research projects utilize national mail surveys of retail
and hospital pharmacists, the research program personnel are skilled
in and routinely utilize focus groups, convention interviews, telephone
interviews, and secondary data sets. Studies also have been conducted
that focus on pharmacists in other practice settings, as well as physicians
and consumers. The offices and laboratories for the Pharmaceutical
Marketing and Management Research Division are located at the Waller
Research Complex on the southwest edge of The University of Mississippi
campus. Staffing for the Pharmaceutical Marketing and Management Research
Division consists of full-time research faculty and staff in the Research
Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences, faculty holding joint appointments
in the division, and graduate students in the Department of Pharmacy
Administration. The division's Web site is at www.olemiss.edu/depts/rips/pmmrp.
The PPRC is home to the Social Science Research Laboratory (described
separately in this section). The PPRC provides a range of public services
and research related to Mississippi government. The SSRL includes
a state-of-the-art survey facility that is used for research on public
policy issues, as well as for academic research.
The center aids in the effort to create high-tech businesses and
jobs in Mississippi. The center works closely with the Mississippi
Space Commerce Initiative researching various aspects of the commercial
remote sensing industry. Remote sensing is satellite technology used
to observe the Earth from distant vantage points. The center conducts
a study to determine whether existing laws that govern geospatial
information are adequate.
The Research Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences (RIPS), which exists
within the School of Pharmacy, conducts its research activities through
the Environmental and Community Health Research initiative and the
National Center for Natural Products Research. Both of these research
units are listed separately.
The mission of REHRP is to identify and investigate health and health-related
problems of rural residents in Mississippi. In this capacity, REHRP
conducts basic health and social research, and demonstration and education
research, on evaluating new health care delivery models for both African-American
and white rural populations. In addition, REHRP provides health information
and consultation to state health officials, community organizations,
university researchers, and individual medical practitioners.
The center is dedicated to the development of curriculum and scholarship
about women, the dissemination of information about their expanding
career opportunities, and the establishment of mutual support networks
for women of all ages and backgrounds. Through the John Davis Williams
Library, the center is helping to develop research collections and
to recover materials once neglected as unimportant, so that the faculty
and students may further important research in women's studies.
The mission of the SSRL is to provide comprehensive facilities for
the formulation and execution of funded social science research projects,
provide program evaluation services to the University community, and
to make The University of Mississippi the state's center for conducting
social science research on issues of state, national, and international
importance that affect Mississippians.
Part of the Research Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences, NCNPR-RIPS
is devoted to discovering, developing, and commercializing new pharmaceuticals
and agrochemicals derived from nature's rich source of biologically
active natural products. NCNPR emphasizes two broadly defined research
areas: improved human health and safety through the development of
anti-infective agents, drugs that modulate the immune system, and
cancer chemotherapeutic agents; and increased agricultural productivity
through the development of animal and plant growth regulators, insect
control agents, and high value crops, including the development of
medicinal plants as alternative crops.
The field station, located 10 miles northeast of campus, consists
of more than 740 acres of pine and mixed hardwood forest, bottomland
forest, open fields, springs, wetlands (including eight constructed
wetlands), and more than 200 stream-fed ponds and mesocosms that offer
unique opportunities for experimental research on aquatic ecosystems.
Facilities are currently being expanded to include a Visitor Center/Education
Building, state-of-the-art communication capabilities, general research
and toxicology laboratories, and an animal and plant culture building.
The center serves as the focal point for programs in the research, development, and use of geospatial information and to educate, train, and prepare undergraduate and graduate students to participate in the development of new applications of geospatial information technology in Mississippi and the nation. It also furthers research ranging from environmental to business-oriented projects through the use of satellite technology. These technologies include remote sensing, geographic information systems, global positioning systems and other methods of describing the Earth's surface.Return to Top of Page
|In addition to the programs of the groups above, the University, through its various departments, participates in programs of the OAK RIDGE NATIONAL LABORATORY, the OAK RIDGE ASSOCIATED UNIVERSITIES, the MISSISSIPPI-ALABAMA SEA GRANT CONSORTIUM, the MISSISSIPPI NASA SPACE GRANT PROGRAM, and the GULF COAST RESEARCH LABORATORY. The University is a member of the MISSISSIPPI RESEARCH CONSORTIUM, a coalition of Mississippi's four comprehensive/research universities, and of MERG, which consists of all eight public universities. The Research Division consists of full-time research faculty and staff in the Research Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences, faculty in the Department of Pharmacy Administration holding joint appointments in the division, and graduate students in the Department of Pharmacy Administration.|
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