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4/11/11 - University to celebrate national research achievement Friday

The undeniable contributions of university-based research, innovation and economic development to society will be showcased Friday [April 15] at Mississippi State's "Maroon Research: Tier One Impact" celebration.

Earlier this year, the California-based Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching classified the land-grant institution as a "very high research activity" university--the highest level of research activity for doctorate-granting universities in the U.S.

Mississippi State is the only school in the state to hold the distinction, and one of only 108 nationwide.

The Maroon Research celebration will take place 1-2:30 p.m. in the Leo Seal M-Club Building, located at the south end of Davis Wade Stadium.

President Mark E. Keenum and Whit Hughes, deputy director of the Mississippi Development Authority and an MSU alumnus, will speak. Refreshments will be provided by the Office of Research and Economic Development.

The event will highlight the campus' research diversity and the contributions that scientific inquiries make to the economy and quality of life of residents, as well as the returns on investment a top tier research institution delivers to its local, state and national stakeholders.

"The hard work and commitment of our entire faculty, staff, students, and administrators have helped create the level of activity necessary to achieve the Carnegie classification," said David Shaw, vice president for research and economic development.

"We have invited each college, university level center and the library to exhibit their research success stories during the event, and are looking forward to having everyone participate, because this, truly, is a campus-wide achievement," he added.

For additional information about the Maroon Research event, contact Cristi Stevens at 662-325-3571 or

JIM LAIRD | University Relations and the Office of Research and Economic Development

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