Ranked among the National Science Foundation’s top 100 research institutions, Mississippi State University Office of Research and Economic Development (ORED) strives to provide a multitude of resources for faculty, staff, and students whose research leads to increasing knowledge to solve complex problems on a local, statewide and global level. 

As the state’s leading research university, MSU’s research expenditures totaled nearly $244 million in FY 2018, accounting for more than half of the total in research and development expenditures reported by all Mississippi institutions. This research activity plays a crucial role in advancing Mississippi’s overall economic development efforts. 

In addition to supporting faculty and undergraduate and graduate student researchers, ORED gives Mississippi School for Mathematics and Science students the opportunity to experience working in a research environment firsthand. 

 “These students are in research labs talking to and working alongside undergraduate and graduate students and various faculty members,” said Teresa Gammill, MSU assistant vice president for research. “They’re getting additional mentoring they would not have gotten otherwise, and depending on the depth of their involvement with their research project, it can result in their name being listed as an author or a contributor to a refereed publication, the opportunity for exposure in traveling to state and national conferences as well as the possibility of working in the lab and being paid should they become an MSU student.”

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