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Dr. Sharon K. Hamilton (right), assistant professor of chemistry, works with Sarah Tierce of the Mississippi School of Mathematics and Science.

Hamilton host MSMS student for summer research

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Dr. Sharon K. Hamilton, assistant professor of chemistry, recently coordinated a two-week research experience at Delta State University for Sarah Tierce, a rising senior at the Mississippi School for Mathematics and Science in Columbus.

Tierce, a Cleveland native, also worked with Katie Penton, a graduate student in Hamilton’s lab, as they explored the creation of a new degradable nanofiber that can be used in biomedical applications such as drug delivery and wound healing.

Tierce’s experience is part of a renewed effort to reestablish connections between the Delta State University Chemistry and Physics Department and the science faculty at the Mississippi School for Mathematics and Science.

“Dr. Elizabeth Morgan, a chemistry teacher at MSMS, and I worked together to make this high school research experience possible,” said Hamilton. “Dr. Morgan helped identify interested and motivated students that would benefit from working in a research lab over the summer. I believe Sarah, a rising senior at MSMS, gained great insight into what research means and how a research lab functions.”

From left: Dr. Sharon Hamilton, Sarah Tierce and Katie Penton.

From left: Dr. Sharon Hamilton, Sarah Tierce and Katie Penton.

Hamilton added that this experience provides a great opportunity for high caliber students to learn about Delta State and its great learning atmosphere on campus and in the department.

“Moreover, this provided a chance for one of my graduate students, Katie Penton, to provide mentorship to a younger student — an invaluable skill in the workforce,” said Hamilton. “I would love to host more high school students in my lab. I believe it gives students a cutting edge when it comes to college applications, and it puts Delta State at the forefront of their mind when applying for colleges their senior year.”

The research is a collaborative effort between Hamilton and Dr. Gisela Buschle-Diller in the Department of Biosystems Engineering at Auburn University. The work is supported by the Mississippi INBRE, funded by an Institutional Development Award from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences of the National Institutes of Health under grant number P20GM103476.

Dr. Joseph Bentley, chair of the Department of Chemistry and Physics at Delta State, was also thrilled to rekindle the relationship with MSMS.

“Our department is very pleased to have a student from MSMS doing research with Dr. Sharon Hamilton this summer,” said Bentley. “Dr. Hamilton is our new organic chemist and is doing exciting polymer research. This collaboration is just one of several efforts reestablishing a connection with MSMS that our department enjoyed previously, in large part thanks to Dr. Henry Outlaw, who was instrumental in maintaining the DSU/MSMS relationship. In the past, faculty from MSMS helped DSU host education workshops for local Delta teachers and this is a tradition the Department of Chemistry and Physics and MSMS look forward to renewing. In the future, we hope to host more MSMS students in research experiences at Delta State.”

Learn more about the department at http://www.deltastate.edu/artsandsciences/chemistry-and-physics.

Students Tyler Sullivan (left) and Tyler Daniels were recently selected to participate in the undergraduate portion of the Mississippi Rural Physicians Scholarship Program.

Students accepted into Rural Physician Scholarship Program

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Delta State students Tyler Daniels of Oak Grove, and Tyler Sullivan of Louisville, were recently selected to participate in the undergraduate portion of the Mississippi Rural Physicians Scholarship Program (MRPSP).

Created in 2007, MRPSP identifies college students who demonstrate the necessary commitment and academic achievement to become competent, well-trained, rural primary care physicians in the state of Mississippi.

The program offers undergraduate academic enrichment and a clinical experience in a rural setting. Upon completion of all medical school admissions requirements, participants can be admitted to the University of Mississippi School of Medicine or William Carey University College of Osteopathic Medicine.

While in medical school, the scholars are under consideration for $30,000 per year based on available funding. Consistent legislative support of MRPSP translates to 60 medical students receiving a total of $1,800,000 to support their education. Additional benefits include personalized mentoring from practicing rural physicians and academic support.

Upon completion of medical training, MRPSP Scholars must enter a residency program in one of five primary care specialties: family medicine, general internal medicine, medicine-pediatrics, obstetrics/gynecology or pediatrics. The scholar must also provide four years of service in a clinic-based practice in an approved Mississippi community of 20,000 people or less located more than 20 miles from a medically served area.

MRPSP provides a means for rural Mississippi students to earn a seat in medical school, receive MCAT preparation, earn a $120,000 medical school scholarship, and learn the art of healing from practicing rural physicians.

For more information, contact Dan Coleman, MRPSP associate director, at 601-815-9022, jdcoleman@umc.edu or http://mrpsp.umc.edu.

The 2016 inductees for the Phi Alpha Theta International Honor Society include (left to right): Brenton King, Katherine Jackson, Laura Kate Fortner and Matt Riggins. Missing from the photo: are Alexis Danielle Banks, Dylan Garrett, Wesley Rippee and Kaelin Kneeland.

Phi Alpha Theta welcomes new members

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The College of Arts and Sciences at Delta State University inducted eight new members to the Phi Alpha Theta International Honor Society today.

This year’s inductees included: Alexis Danielle Banks, Laura Kate Fortner, Dylan Garrett, Wesley Rippee, Matthew Riggins, Kaelin Kneeland, Brenton King, and Katherine Jackson.

Dr. Charles Westmoreland, assistant professor of history and Phi Alpha Theta advisor, inducted the new members and award certificates.

Phi Alpha Theta is an American honor society for undergraduate and graduate students and professors of history. The society has over 350,000 members, with about 9,500 new members joining each year through 860 local chapters.

The organization was established on March 17, 1921 at the University of Arkansas by professor Nels Cleven. Cleven had become convinced in his time at the university that a fraternity of scholars (which would accept men or women) was important for the study of history.

Rushing will present his senior recital on April 2.

Rushing offers senior recital

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The Delta State University Department of Music presents Joshua Mathew Rushing in his senior music recital April 2 at 1:40 p.m. in the Recital Hall of the Bologna Performing Arts Center.

Rushing, a music education major, is the son of John and Karen Rushing of Saucier, Miss. He is a euphonium student under Dr. Douglas Mark, associate professor of music. Rushing transferred to Delta State from Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, and since coming to Delta State, he has performed with the DSU Wind Ensemble, the DSU Symphonic Band, the Pride of the Delta Marching Band, the DSU Pep Band, the DSU Low Brass Ensemble, the Delta Singers and the African Community Drumming Experience. He is an active member of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia.

Rushing will be performing works by Franz Shubert, Kevin McKee and Walter Ross and will be accompanied by Dr. Kumiko Shimizu, faculty collaborative pianist and associate professor of music. The recital is free and open to the public.

For more information, please call (662) 846-4615.


Patricia Thomas performs her senior recital April 17 at 1:30 p.m. at the Bologna Performing Arts Center.

Thomas to perform senior recital

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The Delta State University Department of Music presents Patricia Thomas in her senior voice capstone recital April 17  at 1:30 p.m. in the Recital Hall of the Bologna Performing Arts Center. The performance is free and open to the public.

Thomas, a senior voice major from Greenville, is the daughter of Casonda Thomas and Paul Griffin. She studies with Dr. Chad Payton. Since entering Delta State in 2008, she has been involved with DSU Chorale, Delta Singers, Chamber Singers, DSU Marching Band, DSU Pep Band, DSU Steel Band, DSU Opera and DSU Community Drumming and Dance Experience. She has performed with the DSU Choral at Carnegie Hall under the direction of conductor and composer Eric Whitacre. Thomas is also involved with Mu Phi Epsilon and a servant team member with the DSU Wesley Foundation.

Thomas will present a lecture about the historic Lincoln Memorial Concert of Civil Rights and activist Marian Anderson, and she will sing the repertoire of that event.

For more information on the Department of Music and bands at Delta State, contact 662-846-4615.