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Contact: Sheila Westbrook Mississippi School for Mathematics and Science Phone: 662.329.8521 1100 College St, MUW-1627 Columbus, MS 39701



MSMS Hosts International Student Research Conference

Students attending from across the United States, Thailand and Kazakhstan

Columbus, Miss. June 6, 2019: The Mississippi School for Mathematics and Science (MSMS) is proud to host the 2019 National Consortium of Secondary STEM Schools (NCSSS) Student Research Conference. This international conference will host students from all over the United States and two international locations. Sophomore, Junior and Senior high school students will have an opportunity to highlight their research through participation in a research symposium. These exhibits are interactive, and we invite the community and business leaders to attend June 14th and15th from 9 am to 11am in the Fant Memorial Library on the Mississippi University for Women (MUW) campus.

MSMS became a member of the National Consortium of Secondary STEM Schools (NCSSS) early in its founding and remains the only school affiliated with this prestigious organization in the state. “We are proud the NCSSS chose our school to host this international conference,” stated Dr. Germain McConnell, Executive Director (Superintendent) of the Mississippi School for Mathematics and Science. “Not only will we be hosting some of the brightest U.S. high school minds here in Columbus, but we are excited to introduce the almost 100 attendees to the beauty of Mississippi and show them the progressive technology-based businesses we have located right here in the Golden Triangle.”

Students and their chaperones will arrive on Thursday, June 13th to begin preparing for the research symposium the next day. MSMS will also be hosting a Taste of Mississippi Dinner to expose the students to delicious Southern Cuisine. “It is our hope as these students leave our area they will know much more about the State of Mississippi and the opportunity to work in STEM based career fields right in our area,’ stated Sheila Westbrook, Director for Advancement at MSMS.

The Mississippi School for Mathematics and Science (MSMS) was founded in 1987, on the campus of the Mississippi University for Women in Columbus, Mississippi. The mission of MSMS is to enhance the future of Mississippi in the global society by meeting the individual needs of gifted and talented students through providing innovative learning experiences and leadership development. MSMS provides STEM education and a well-rounded high school experience for attending junior and seniors. As Mississippi’s only public, residential high school for academically gifted and talented students, it has been named by many publications as one of America’s best, including in 2018 earning the ranking of the #6 best public high school in the nation and the faculty being ranked #1 best public high school teachers in the nation (ranked by Niche). The Class of 2019 of 104 graduates accepted $9.8 million of the more than $32 million dollars of scholarships offered.

The National Consortium of Secondary STEM Schools (NCSSS) was established in 1988 to provide a forum for specialized secondary schools focused on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines to exchange information and program ideas. The Consortium now includes approximately 100 member schools (high schools), many ‘ranked’ as the best in the country, along with 55 affiliate members (colleges, universities, summer programs, foundations, and corporations) located in 32 states, that share the goals of transforming mathematics, science, and technology education. Dr. Germain McConnell, Executive Director of MSMS, currently serves on the board of directors of NCSSS.