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2/1/12 - EPSCoR student researchers at the Capitol Thursday

Students and faculty from Mississippi's four public research universities will be on hand in the Capitol rotunda from 7:30 a.m. to noon Thursday [Feb. 2] to meet with legislators, lobbyists, media representatives and others interested in learning more about the Mississippi Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research's efforts to boost science, technology, engineering and math opportunities in the state.

The students' research projects will also be on display.

Usually referred to by the acronym EPSCoR, the Mississippi State-based initiative identifies, develops and deploys academic science and technology to increase the state's research and development competitiveness and foster economic growth.

EPSCoR programs are funded by a five-year, $20 million National Science Foundation grant that utilizes the resources of MSU, as well as the universities of Mississippi and Southern Mississippi and Jackson State University.

Students participating in EPSCoR Capitol Day include:

--Christina Bernard, JSU

--Gabrielle Cooper, JSU

--Dilip Gautam, MSU

--David Jayroe, USM

--Michael Macias, UM

--Noel Matthews-Gardner, JSU

--William Pruett, UM-Medical Center

--Habib ur Rehehman, MSU

--Debra Jo Scardino, UM

--Nicole Stein, MSU

--Shana Stoddard, UM

--Marquita Watkins, JSU

EPSCoR is online at For additional information about research at Mississippi State, visit

For additional information about interview or photo opportunities, please contact EPSCoR education and outreach coordinator Katie Echols at or 662-325-8904.

Jim Laird | University Relations

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