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STARKVILLE, Miss. (Press Release) — Mississippi State University will host a visit from the top Mississippi Department of Education official on April 25.

Carey M. Wright, state superintendent of education, will deliver the keynote address titled “The Power of Research in Improving Student Achievement” at the seventh annual College of Education Faculty-Student Research Forum at the Bost Extension Center.

During her visit to MSU, she will discuss MDE funding opportunities that may be available to faculty looking to promote their research agendas. This could improve student achievement, especially in high-need local education agencies, said J. Elton Moore, associate dean for research and assessment.

“Virtually all the school districts around us are considered high-need LEAs,” he said.

Hosted annually by MSU’s College of Education and Office of Research and Economic Development, the forum promotes discussion and collaborative research among education faculty and those in other colleges on campus.

In addition to Wright’s presentation, event highlights include:

  • Remarks from Drew Hamilton, associate vice president for research, and Richard Blackbourn, dean of the College of Education;
  • A panel presentation focusing on “Strategies for Using Large Data Sets” presented by Domenico Parisi, director and professor of the National Strategic Planning & Analysis Research Center, and Art Cosby, director and professor of the MSU Social Science Research Center;
  • Poster session showcasing the research projects of MSU faculty, staff and students; and
  • Lunch and awards presentation for best graduate and undergraduate posters.

Additionally, the winner of the graduate-student writing contest will be announced. New this year, the contest challenged graduate students to prepare a five-page summary of their research project.

A detailed forum agenda is available online at www.educ.msstate.edu/research/forums.php.

This gathering is open to the general public and the media. Participants are encouraged to register at https://www.educ.msstate.edu/forums/research/index.php.

“We’ve never had the state superintendent of education speak at our annual research forum, so we are looking forward to having Dr. Wright serve as keynote speaker,” Moore said.

For additional information about the forum, contact Moore at jemoore@colled.msstate.edu or 662-325-3717.

Learn more about the College of Education at www.educ.msstate.edu or Twitter https://twitter.com/CollegeofEd_MSU. More on the Office of Research and Economic Development can be found on www.research.msstate.edu; Facebook https://www.facebook.com/MaroonResearch; or Twitter https://twitter.com/maroonresearch.

Details about MSU are available at www.msstate.edu.

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