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Dr. Joe Whitehead

Science in the Real World

Our own Dr. Grant Harley, Assistant Professor in the Department of Geography and Geology, is participating in research on an underwater Gulf Coast forest that may date back around 80,000 years and could yield important clues about the region’s climate and habitat.

Dr. Harley’s expertise includes dendochronology (the study of tree rings).  He is studying samples from what appears to be a bald cypress forest that previously existed in a swamp above water, growing during the Wisconsin Glacial Period.

Read more here:

See WDAM’s video on Dr. Harley’s research here:  WDAM Video. 

Dr. Joe Whitehead

CoST Students Sims & Roberts Capture Goldwater Scholarships

Congratulations to University of Southern Mississippi students Michael Sims of Hattiesburg, Miss., and Hannah Roberts of Mount Olive, Miss., who have been awarded Goldwater Scholarships. The scholarships recognize the “nation’s next generation of top research scientists.”

Sims is a junior majoring in polymer science and chemistry, while Roberts is a sophomore chemistry major.

Congratulations to both Michael and Hannah. All of us in the College of Science and Technology are proud of you.

Read more about the scholarships at Southern Miss Now. 

Dr. Joe Whitehead

Welcome :: MS Academy of Sciences 2013

The Mississippi Academy of Sciences is holding their annual meeting on our Hattiesburg campus February 21 and 22, 2013 in the Thad Cochran Center. 

This is the  77th Annual Meeting of the Mississippi Academy of Sciences. 

The meeting, which attracts hundreds of attendees representing all of the state’s institutions of higher learning, gives presenters and exhibitors an opportunity to fellowship, network, and present their works. 

All of us in the College of Science and Technology and at Southern Miss are proud to serve as the major sponsor for the event.  A number of our faculty serve as division chairs for the academy. 

Faculty, staff, and students are invited to attend.  I hope to see you there. 

For more information, visit



Dr. Joe Whitehead

Celebration of Our Graduates 12/14/2012

All of us at Southern Miss are proud of our students who have completed their studies and are graduating. 

The College of Science and Technology would like to celebrate with our students, their family and friends before the ceremony. 

Our graduation reception for CoST students, family members, friends, and supporters will be:

  • Friday December 14, 2012
  • Time:  7:30 a.m. – 8:45 a.m.
  • Location:  Lobby of Bobby Chain Technology Building (Hattiesburg campus)

Please help us celebrate their accomplishments. 


Dr. Joe Whitehead

AED MedTutor Book Sale

The College of Science and Technology’s own chapter of Alpha Epsilon Delta (AED) Health Preprofessional Honor Society recently hosted a week-long book sale featuring the MedTutor program. 

MedTutor offers a new and unique approach to teaching, learning and studying medical and health-related subjects such as anatomy, medical terminology and more through its website: 

MedTutor is the brainchild of local Hattiesburg physician, Dr. Charles Henderson, who sought to create useful preparatory tools for medical studies.

AED is part of our Premedical and Health Professions Office which is housed in the College of Science and Technology.  The Preprofessional Office helps students prepare for careers in a variety of health-care fields by discussing strategies for success and offering assistance with course selection, schedule planning, and the application process.

Click here to learn more about the Premedical and Health Professions Office. 


MedTutor’s Crystal Davis describes the benefits of the MedTutor program to a Southern Miss student.