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Center for Mathematics and Science Education
The University of Mississippi

Mississippi Forge Forward Student Summer Experience

Mississippi Forge Forward offers students a hands-on experience while learning how cutting-edge technology provides a new pathway for manufacturing. Students will work directly with faculty and staff from the Haley Barbour Center for Manufacturing Excellence on the University of Mississippi Campus to design and develop a functioning prototype relevant to the defense industry. Regardless of your interests, this is a unique, hands-on opportunity to gain marketable experience while learning to support our nation’s defense. Spend a week being part of something BIG and take away tangible skills, leadership skills, and team skills.

More details are outlined below.

Application Deadline: January 31, 2022

This event is sponsored by the Haley Barbour Center for Manufacturing Excellence through funding from the U.S. Department of Defense.

Frequently Asked Questions

All 2021 applications will be retained. Our staff will reach out to 2021 applicants in the Fall 2021 to determine if they would like for their application to be considered for the 2022 Summer Experience.

Students selected to participate in the Mississippi Forge Forward Experience will be notified no later than March 15, 2022.

There is a non-refundable $50 seat deposit for selected students.

Details about overnight accommodations will be provided at a later date, as these plans may be impacted by COVID-19 safety guidelines. More information will be made available in when applicants are notified (by March 15, 2022).

There is no GPA requirement. Students will be selected based on their application responses and academic recommendations. We are looking to include students with a wide variety of skills, interests, and abilities.

Due to limited space, we ask that if a selected participant is unable to attend, please notify us as soon as possible so that the seat can be given to the next applicant on the waitlist. Changes in registration can be made by sending an email to or by calling (662) 915-6621.