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Center for Mathematics and Science Education

The University of Mississippi

Current Students

The Center for Mathematics and Science Education provides many opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students at the University of Mississippi. Students that have been selected and are are currently participating in one or more of these opportunities are listed below.

Graduate Research Fellows

Nicole Comstock

Graduate Research Fellow – Science
Jackson Avenue Center, Suite Q
nmkellyc@go.olemiss.edu
662-915-6621

Nicole K. Comstock resides in Banner, MS and joined the CMSE in June 2019 as a Graduate Research Fellow. Nicole assists with the development and implementation of science professional development sessions as well as the Portable Planetarium Program. In addition, Nicole is working on resources to assist mathematics and science teachers with collaboration and implementation in cross-curricular learning. Nicole earned her Associate of Arts degree from Itawamba Community College and her Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education with endorsements in Biology and General Science from the University of Mississippi. She is currently obtaining a Masters of Education in Secondary Science Education with an emphasis in Biology from the University of Mississippi. Nicole has always had a passion for science and teaching. She enjoys helping people discover connections to science in their daily lives.

Bethany LaValley

Graduate Research Fellow – Mathematics
Jackson Avenue Center, Suite Q
lavalley@go.olemiss.edu
662-915-6621

Bethany LaValley is originally from Bruce, MS but currently resides in Pittsboro, MS, with her husband, Randall, and her son, Jonah. In 2012, Bethany began working at the CMSE as a Graduate Research Fellow in pursuit of her M.A. in Curriculum and Instruction (MACI) with an emphasis in mathematics. Two years later, she graduated and began to teach middle and high school mathematics at Calhoun City High School. In 2019, Bethany returned to the CMSE as a Graduate Research Fellow to pursue a Ph.D. in Secondary Mathematics Education. Bethany has a special interest in supporting struggling learners through successful intervention methods that promote number sense and problem-solving skills. She also enjoys working with professional development and is interested in exploring cross-curricular instruction for mathematics and english language arts (ELA).

Shelby Watson

Graduate Research Fellow – Science
Jackson Avenue Center, Suite Q
sahilton@go.olemiss.edu
662-915-6621

Shelby Watson, of Eden Prairie, MN, first worked with the CMSE as a Noyce Scholar in 2016 and joined as a Graduate Research Fellow in the summer of 2019. As a Graduate Research Fellow, Shelby assists the CMSE with research, professional development sessions, and preparing pre-service teachers to teach science. Shelby earned both her Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry and her Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Mississippi. She is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Secondary Science Education with an emphasis in chemistry. Shelby sees chemistry everywhere she looks and hopes to inspire teachers and students to recognize and apply scientific thinking in the wider world. She is also interested in making open educational resources more accessible to K-12 teachers and using technology as a tool for differentiation in secondary classrooms.

Shannon Priest

Graduate Research Fellow – Mathematics
Jackson Avenue Center, Suite Q
sepriest@go.olemiss.edu
662-915-6621

Shannon Priest joined the CMSE in 2020 as a Graduate Research Fellow. Shannon earned her Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education, and Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction with and emphasis in Elementary Education from the University of Mississippi. She is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Elementary Education at The University of Mississippi.  She is interested in differentiating within the math classroom, as well as implementing the best practices and technology tools in the classroom. Shannon lives in Oxford, MS with her husband Ty.

Kayden Kelly

Graduate Research Fellow – Mathematics
Jackson Avenue Center, Suite Q
kakelly5@go.olemiss.edu
662-915-6621

Kayden Kelly, originally from Greenville, Mississippi, is a Graduate Research Fellow with the CMSE. Kayden earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics from Delta State University and is currently pursuing her Master of Science degree in Mathematics at The University of Mississippi. Kayden has always had a passion for mathematics and serves as a teaching assistant for mathematics courses coordinated by the CMSE.

If you are interested in applying for a CMSE Graduate Research Fellowship, please submit your application below.

Find out more about our Alumni Graduate Research Fellows.

 

Undergraduate Assistants

Kelly Bates

B.E. Engineering
Expected Completion: May 2021
kebates@go.olemiss.edu

Erin Brechtel

B.A.Ed. Secondary Education – Science
Expected Completion: May 2023
ebrechte@go.olemiss.edu

 

Noah McKone

B.S. Biomedical Engineering
Expected Completion: May 2021
npmckone@go.olemiss.edu

If you are interested in applying for an Undergraduate Assistantship Position with the CMSE, please submit your application.

Noyce Scholars

The NOYCE Scholarship Program responds to the critical need for K-12 teachers of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) by encouraging talented STEM students and professionals to pursue teaching careers in elementary and secondary schools.

The program provides funding to institutions of higher education to provide scholarships, stipends, and programmatic support to recruit and prepare STEM majors and professionals to become K-12 teachers. Scholarship and stipend recipients are required to complete two years of teaching in a high-need school district for each year of support. The program seeks to increase the number of K-12 teachers with strong STEM content knowledge who teach in high-need school districts.

Allison Suter
Bachelor of Science in Mathematics

Robert “Jordan” Wilson
Bachelor of Science in Mathematics & Mathematics Education

Hannah Harrell Young
Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT)

Nichole Hardin
Bachelor of Science in Mathematics

Trey Henry
Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) 

Katrina McCrackin
Bachelor of Science in Biology

If you are interested in becoming a NOYCE Scholar, please submit your application below.