Abuzar Mahmood

A Call for Collaboration

Abuzar Mahmood conducts undergraduate research in a lab that studies how nutrition-related conditions affect heart functions. University of Missouri senior Abuzar Mahmood believes that in order to solve the world’s most pressing problems, scientists from different backgrounds and disciplines must work together.…

Ray Semlitsch

A Desire to Inspire

Ray Semlitsch Learning by doing is the motto for students who work under the guidance of MU Curators’ Professor of Biological Sciences Ray Semlitsch. In Semlitsch’s lab, students get first-hand experience in conducting rigorous experiments on amphibians and the…

Andrew and Peggy Cherng

A Difference-Making Gift

Panda Express founders give $1.5 million to MU Honors College.

Chris Pires

A Playbook for Success

As a mentor, Professor Chris Pires guides students in creating a playbook for their success. After 11 years of teaching, Chris Pires, associate professor in MU’s Division of Biological Sciences, says his most rewarding experience has been mentoring dozens of undergraduate students.…

Alec Wilken and Neal Woodman conduct research.

A Smithsonian Experience

Undergraduate researcher takes his skills to the Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C.

Kevin Bird

Appreciating Research

Undergraduate Kevin Bird is collaborating with researchers at Cornell University on a project to make plants more nutritious. After being diagnosed with a congenital heart defect at the age of 10, MU senior Kevin Bird underwent a procedure that, thanks to…

Karlee Resler-Seek poses on MU's Quad

Believe, Achieve, Receive

Fellowships Office, TRiO helps first-generation college student land Fulbright award.

Zoom screen shot of Faramola Shonekan

Best Lunch Break Ever

Rhodes Scholar finalist and Mizzou track athlete Faramola Shonekan learns via Zoom that she is the 2020 Mark Twain Fellowship recipient.

Mohammed Al Subaie

By Design

Mohammed Al Subaie shared his design for a new makerspace at the 2016 Undergraduate Visual Art & Design Showcase. (Photo by Rob Hill) Junior architectural studies major Mohammed Al Subaie’s childhood in the city of Jeddah, Saudi Arabia revolved around family…

Simon Tatum

Caymanian Creations

Simon Tatum’s art celebrates tradition of his home, the Cayman Islands. View Award Winners and Photos With charcoal, ink, pastels and gouache paint, Mizzou junior Simon Tatum turns plain pieces of paper into colorful characterizations of Cayman Islands…

Loren Howard

Center Stage

Loren Howard creates new possibilities for students with special needs by getting them involved in theatre. Senior Loren Howard has discovered how she can use her interest in theatre as a way to educate and empower students with special needs and…

Fanxi Sun and Roxanne Wan

Cinematic Aspirations

Pair of undergraduate filmmakers land in Cannes.

Donovan Bradford

Community Building

The Summer Transition Program helped Donovan Bradford adjust to college life and form a bond with others students. Before the start of his freshman year at Mizzou, Donovan Bradford got a taste of what college life was all about when…

Tom Laughlin

Cost-Saving Discovery

Tom Laughlin When Tom Laughlin came to Mizzou, he dreamed of working as a biochemist in the pharmaceutical industry. He also knew he wanted to get involved with research as soon as possible, so he applied for the Freshman…

Ali Bonner

Crafting Her Service Experience

Personalized Service-Learning experiences help Ali Bonner find her career path.

Rachel Newman

Devoted to Mentoring

Rachel Newman encourages students to follow their dreams.

Maya Hill seated between Jim and Cathy Brazeal and joined by J.D. Bowers, Kia Breaux, and Charles May.

Embracing Opportunities

Maya Hill is seated between Jim and Cathy Brazeal and joined by J.D. Bowers, Director of the Honors College, Kia Breaux, alumnae and member of the Alumni Advisory Council, and Charles May, Director of Admissions at MU. Toward the end of…

Enhanced Teaching

Enhanced Teaching

A team of MU faculty led by biological sciences professors Johannes Schul and Sarah Bush has helped MU secure an AAU grant to enhance STEM education. The University of Missouri is one of 12 universities to receive a grant from…

Megan Tyminski

Environmentally Friendly

Megan Tyminski is the first MU student to earn Udall Scholarship in 10 years.

Cassidy Minarik

Every Picture Tells a Story

Filmmaker uses photo series to tell a story of gentrification.

Student fashion drawings

Fashion Ability

When presented with the challenge of developing a clothing line to meet the needs of people with disabilities and health conditions, sophomore Amanda Smith was a little apprehensive. “The project seemed very intense,” says Smith, who was taking her first class…

Members of NSBE at conference

Feels Like Family

The National Society for Black Engineers helps students find success on campus and beyond.

Eric Aldrich

Forecasting Student Success

Eric Aldrich steps away from television and into a new role which puts a focus on student success. Eric Aldrich’s interest in meteorology began when he was a child and was frightened by severe thunderstorms. If he could predict when…

Samantha Franks

Fulbright Record Setters

Samantha Franks is spending the 2016-17 academic year in England after earning a Fulbright grant. (Photo by Rob Hill) When Samantha Franks was notified of her selection for a grant from the Fulbright U.S. Student Program her emotions ranged from relief…

Yve Solbrekken

Get to Know Yve Solbrekken

Mizzou study plan guru is the Missouri College Learning Center Association's vice president.

Students present research at the Spring Undergraduate Research and Creative Achievements Forum

Going Digital For ’em

Spring Undergraduate Research and Creative Achievements Forum moves online.

Caroline Been and

Going Global

Fellowships Office Helps Fulbright finalists tell their story.

Tiana Glass

Great Things in Store

Tiana Glass looks to empower others through her new business.

Alana Simpson

Her Time to Lead

Mizzou has everything Alana Simpson was looking for and more. Of the colleges and universities Alana Simpson applied to, the University of Missouri was not one she enthusiastically considered. Having grown up in Ashland, Missouri, just 20 minutes from the MU…

Inspired Scholar

Inspired Scholar

Reema Awad is joined by UM System Interim President Michael Middleton, MU Provost Garnett Stokes and Dr. Donald Suggs at the 2016 Salute to Education Scholarship and Awards Gala. The Dr. Donald M. Suggs Scholarship offers MU freshman Reema Awad more…

Matt Bourke and Adrian Clifton

Learning by Serving

Internship helps Matt Bourke sharpen his teaching skills.

Kelly Dade, a freshman engineering major (Harwood, Missouri), teaches students at the elementary school in Bo Kluea.

Learning Leadership Through Global Service

Mizzou students promote tourism with strategic communications projects in Thailand.

Mitchell Moonier

Learning on Capitol Hill

Mitchell Moonier For the last three years, MU students like Mitchell Moonier have worked with the Missouri congressional delegation in Washington, D.C., performing public service and receiving academic credit toward graduation as part of the Civil Leaders Internship Program…

Hannah Cleeton

Life in the Political Arena

CLIP program helps Mizzou alumni land jobs in politics.

The Ecuador study abroad travelers pose under a palm thatch roof following a trip up the Napo River.

Life on the Equator

The Ecuador study abroad travelers pose under a palm thatch roof following a trip up the Napo River. As Madison Hennessy prepared for her study abroad trip to Ecuador she imagined an experience that would be insightful and exciting. She didn’t,…

Mariah Best on Francis Quadrangle

Living Her Best Life

National Guard veteran’s biggest mission is yet to come.

Student interns work from home

Making the Most

Mizzou undergraduates adjust to distance learning.

Making Waves

Making Waves

Making Waves students develop writing, interviewing, editing and voicing skills to produce radio stories about social issues. By teaching students how to produce radio journalism pieces, a new honors course called Making Waves demonstrates the power of storytelling. “One of the primary…

Nicole Monnier and Shelia Grant

Mentoring Personified

Monnier and Grant were joined by Curator Covington and the student nominators at the MU Excel awards reception. Each year, while Mizzou students are going through the demanding process of applying for nationally competitive fellowships, mentors across campus are……

Matt Kane

Mizzou's 'Moneyball' Guru

Matt Kane’s data analysis work includes spending several hours a week with the Mizzou baseball team at Taylor Stadium. The tension between “mathletes” and athletes is one that doesn’t have to exist, according to Show-Me Scholar Matthew Kane. The freshman…

Drew Nikonowicz

On to the Big Apple

Nikonowicz utilizes mapping software to computer-generate landscapes and make photographs within them. These spaces often appear impossibly perfect in comparison to what a viewer might expect. Mizzou’s Drew Nikonowicz is the youngest recipient of the Aperture Portfolio Prize. When 22-year-old Mizzou student…

Olivia Rivers

Opportunities Abound

The Suggs Scholarship has allowed Olivia Rivers to take advantage of opportunities such as working at MUTV. As a student at McCluer High School in Florissant, Missouri, MU sophomore Olivia Rivers was an accomplished student, athlete and leader. She was…

Zach Parolin

Oxford Bound

Parolin attended a meeting at the White House last winter as part of his role with the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition. Zach Parolin spent spring break his sophomore year sleeping on the streets of North Texas to raise…

Donell Young

Path to Success

New Director of Academic Retention Services Donell Young is no stranger to the struggles students encounter while in college. The first semester of college was a struggle for Donell Young. He had always done well academically, graduating in the top 10…

Robin Haithcoat

Photo Opportunity

Photography major attempts to portray ‘real life’ through her work.

Alex McClelland

Planting a Seed

Undergraduate research highlights senior’s college experience.

Gabriel Fried

Play Ball

English professor presented with the Win Horner Award.

Students in Bosnia

Powerful Perspective

Honors students study the lasting effects of the Bosnian Genocide.

Artifacts Journal

Publication Matters

Sarah Judd, Erin Niederberger, Connor Flood, Andrea Ares and Erin Pettey were recognized at the Campus Writing Program’s Award Ceremony for having their work selected for the Artifacts Journal. Even in her days as a middle and high school teacher, Amy…

Olivia Flagg-Bourke

Raised as a Tiger

Freshman Olivia Flagg-Bourke follows in her mother's footsteps at Mizzou.

Berkley Hudson and Discovery Fellow Ginger Hervey looking at microfilm

Real-World Experiences

As part of an NEH grant project on media representation of race, journalism professor Berkley Hudson and Discovery Fellow Ginger Hervey look at microfilm of 1935 pages of the Commercial Dispatch of Columbus, Mississippi. Berkley Hudson, a professor in the…

Azeem Khan

Renaissance Man

Azeem Khan When Azeem Khan arrived at Mizzou, he found an abundance of opportunities. “The great thing about college is that even though it seems like you are specializing in one subject, there are other opportunities to pursue,” Khan says. “You…

CC Carson

Research Granted

Once a week during the school year, MU senior CC Carson takes a group of fourth graders on a learning experience outside the classroom. Armed with nets and data sheets, the students catch objects out of a creek and record…

Jessica Whited

Researching Limb Regeneration

By studying salamanders, MU alumna Jessica Whited hopes her research can lead to human limb regeneration. The human body is capable of closing wounds and healing broken bones, but it cannot regrow lost arms and legs. At least, not yet. Jessica…

Marty Townsend

Rewriting Letter Writing

Marty Townsend While visiting New Haven, Connecticut, English professor Marty Townsend read a column in The New York Times titled “The Death of Letter Writing.” It got her thinking about how she could bring that conversation to students. “By the…

Emma Worgul

Scholarship Motivation

Emma Worgul Emma Worgul is an accountancy major at the University of Missouri—hence an interest in statistics. She is also the newest recipient of the Brazeal Honors College Endowed Diversity Scholarship, which covers tuition, room, board and books as…

Faculty, staff and students in Vietnam

Service that Empowers

MU faculty, staff and students study the effects of microloans on Vietnam community.

Michael Kelly

Sincere Service

Michael Kelly makes a lasting impression on those who he serves. As a student in the MU Community Engagement Project (MUCEP) course, junior Michael Kelly knew he would be required to volunteer at a community organization throughout the semester. Due…

Romanus Hutchins

Speaking of Research

Romanus Hutchins alters the brightness of a laser. His research could lead to the use of the laser to detect cancer cells. As a physics major, undergraduate researcher Romanus Hutchins knows it can be challenging to fascinate people with formulas and…

Career Outcome Rates

Successful Outcomes

Mizzou’s successful career outcomes rate far exceeds the averages of its peers.

Toyin Jackson

Sweet Research

Stamps Scholar Toyin Jackson researches the health benefits of chocolate.

Pierce Bioebaum

Targeting Cancer

Undergraduate researcher takes study on cancer treatments to Washington, D.C.

Artist Meiqi Yuan and researcher Sera Holland

The Beauty of Science

Artist Meiqi Yuan’s (left) collaborated with researcher Sera Holland to create a 3D representation of Holland’s research. When Meiqi Yuan registered for a 3D Design course, she didn’t realize it would involve researching mycorrhizae fungi. As part of a summer course, Professor…

Kristina Wright works with students in the Medopp Advising Office.

The Future of Medicine

For many students, the path to becoming a doctor starts with the Medopp program. Medopp, which is offered to all pre-medical, pre-dental, pre-optometry and pre-podiatry students at MU, is designed to complement a student’s academic achievements in preparation for application…

Rainer Glaser

The Science of Writing

Rainer Glaser sits at a table in his office hunched over a picture frame. He stares at the frame, contemplating the two large words enclosed by the shiny glass and sturdy wood: Docendo Discimus. “By teaching, we learn,” Glaser says, translating…

Five of the last six Boyer Award winners—Sarah Bush, Bethany Stone, Anne Alexander, Betsy Baker and Newton D’Souza—are MU faculty members.

The Tradition Continues

Five of the last six Boyer Award winners—Sarah Bush, Bethany Stone, Anne Alexander, Betsy Baker and Newton D’Souza—are MU faculty members. Each spring the International Conference on College Teaching and Learning presents the Ernest L. Boyer Award for Excellence in Teaching.…

Jessica Anania

Triple Threat

While in Myanmar, Jessica Anania visited the Shwedagon Pagoda, which is the most sacred Buddhist site for the people of the Union of Myanmar. Jessica Anania is not your average college student. A triple major, studying international reporting, political science…


Undergraduate Visual Art & Design Showcase

Photos from the Showcase ……

Photo Story by Morgan Lieberman

Valuable Experience

Visual Art & Design Showcase Awardees share their post-showcase opportunities.

CASE Director Donell Young, Provost Garnett Stokes and Vice Provost Jim Spain join CASE students at the name unveiling ceremony.


Academic Retention Services re- brands as the Center for Academic Success & Excellence.

Rachel Patteson

Weathering the Storm

Through challenges, Rachel Patteson finds success.

Emily Waggoner

Wellness Crusader

As a freshman at Jefferson City High School, Emily Waggoner was having trouble fitting in. She was not performing well on the school’s softball team, and she was losing friends. She struggled with the transition to high school. That adversity…

MU faculty Sarah Bush, Bethany Stone, Newton D’Souza and Betsy Baker

Winning Tradition

MU faculty Sarah Bush, Bethany Stone, Newton D’Souza and Betsy Baker are four of the last five winners of the prestigious Boyer Award. Betsy Baker can’t remember a time when she was not using technology as part of her teaching. “I…

Collage of writing tutors

Write At Home

Mizzou student tutors find their place at the MU Writing Center.