Kayla Burrell

Recent Graduate, Published Author

Like most college students, Kayla Burrell, a May 2017 graduate of Mizzou, spent a lot of time reading books for class. Unlike most college students, Burrell also wrote a book.

Katelyn Stoops

Blooming Design

This year’s Undergraduate Visual Art and Design Showcase added floral design to the wide array of projects that were on display. With a brand new category came a brand new process, and senior Katelyn Stoops and junior Kailey Brooks were the first to navigate the new—and at times challenging—territory.

Megan Tyminski

Environmentally Friendly

It was an article about beekeeping that Megan Tyminski wrote for the Columbia Daily Tribune that started Tyminski on a path towards the Udall Scholarship. The article caught the attention of MU Director of Fellowships Tim Parshall, who contacted Tyminski and encouraged her to consider applying for the Udall Scholarship.

Left to right: MU Honors College Director J.D. Bowers, Peggy Cherng, Honors College students Christopher Dade and Emma Worgul, Andrew Cherng and Interim Chancellor Hank Foley

Founders of Panda Express Give $1.5 Million to Mizzou Honors College

Gift from MU alumni will support scholarships and programs for high-achieving students

Taylor Cofield

Mizzou Adds Another Truman Scholar

After 35 years away from art, he is back in the classroom as an undergraduate student taking sculpture classes in whatever free time he can find after working during the week, teaching on the weekends and building cars.

Jim Reese

Reeling in the Awards

After 35 years away from art, he is back in the classroom as an undergraduate student taking sculpture classes in whatever free time he can find after working during the week, teaching on the weekends and building cars.

Sierra Clemetson

Adventures Abroad

Sierra Clemetson and Karla Valcourt were among the MU students who utilized these resources and embarked on study abroad trips last year.

Edward Henuber

Detailed Art

For senior art major Edward Henuber, history is interesting and inspirational. History influences his ideas and the process he uses to create his artwork.

Jared Day and Malory Huck

Learning Culture

The Multicultural Certificate Program is now the largest certificate program at MU.

Summer Transition Program

Smooth Transition

Each summer, a group of incoming freshman spend eight weeks at the University of Missouri adjusting to college life, while also earning college credit.

Sarah Marcum

Writing Science

Most kids have idols—people they look up to or aspire to be. For junior Sarah Marcum, that was astronomer and author Carl Sagan.

Freeman Hrabowski

Freeman Hrabowski to Deliver Keynote Address at Mizzou’s Celebration of Teaching

Freeman Hrabowski, III, who has served as President of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) since 1992, will deliver the keynote address at the 2017 Celebration of Teaching.

Carina Jimenez’s paintings resemble historic pieces as they were originally painted, but Jimenez’s face.

Award-Winning Art and Design

The Second Annual Undergraduate Visual Art & Design Showcase featured 40 projects on display in Jesse Hall, Jan. 30-Feb. 3, 2017. Several of those projects received recognition at the award ceremony that concluded the week’s events with two projects taking top honors.

Loren Howard

Center Stage

Senior Loren Howard has found a way to use her interest in theatre as a way to educate and empower students with special needs and learning disabilities.

Association of American Universities logo

Mizzou Receives AAU Grant

The University of Missouri is one of 12 universities to receive a grant from the Association of American Universities (AAU) to further existing efforts to improve undergraduate education in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines.

Career Interest Game.

Career Gametime

The Career Interest Game is an online exercise designed to help students identify majors and careers that align with their interests and skills.

Undergraduate Success program participants gather for an event at The Heidelberg.

A Focus on Success

This program partners with the Honors College and Academic Retention Services to help Brooks and Suggs Scholars—students with high ACT scores and members of underrepresented groups— enter or maintain their standing in the Honors College.

Student journalists in a recording studio.

Making Waves

By teaching students how to produce radio journalism pieces, Making Waves, a new honors course, demonstrates the power of storytelling.

Sarah Leen

National Geographic Director of Photography to Deliver Keynote at Visual Art & Design Showcase

University of Missouri alumna Sarah Leen, whose work as a photographer has taken her around the world, will deliver the keynote address at the 2017 Undergraduate Visual Art & Design Showcase.

Students on a tour of South Africa.

Broadening Perspectives

Studying abroad is an eye-opening experience for most students. For Rachel Foster-Gimbel, not only was her first study abroad trip eye-opening, it also led to a second trip.

A tutoring session at the Learning Center.

Here to Help

College can be a wake-up call for many first-year students, but one The Learning Center can help overcome.

UM System President Michael Middleton, Reema Awad, MU Provost Garnett Stokes and Dr. Donald Suggs at the 2016 Salute to Education Scholarship and Awards Gala.

Inspired Scholar

The Dr. Donald M. Suggs Scholarship offers MU freshman Reema Awad more than just financial aid. For Awad, receiving the scholarship is both an honor and an opportunity.

Writing code on a computer

University of Missouri and Revature Launch No-Cost Coding Bootcamp for Graduates

Intensive on-campus training projected to hire 500 MU grads in Kansas City and St. Louis areas over five years.

Abuzar Mahmood in a lab

A Call for Collaboration

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.

Loren Nikolai works with a student.

Mizzou’s Student Success Technology Receives National Recognition

MU Connect, an online application which supports student success and retention, has been named a finalist for the Hobsons Education Advances Award.

Mohammed Al Subaie

By Design

MU student develops interest in architecture after moving to Columbia from Saudi Arabia.

Watercolor painting of a seaside pier by Karesse Wilkey.

Inspired Art

MU alumna Karesse Wilkey’s study abroad trip to Italy has influenced her art.

Rewriting Realities winners (group shot)

Exceptional Storytelling

Multicultural Certificate program honors Rewriting Realities contest winners.

Amanda Nell working with Nick DeBrodie

Planting the Seed

The MU Career Center has unveiled two programs designed to actively engage campus supervisors and student employees in learning, reflection and career development.

Anne Alexander

The Tradition Continues

Another MU faculty member receives International Boyer Award.

Maria Kalaitzandonakes

University of Missouri Junior Selected for Truman Scholarship

From the Fellowships Office

Mizzou junior Maria Kalaitzandonakes has been awarded the Harry S Truman Scholarship, a nationally-competitive award that supports students dedicated to public service.

Lindsey Mirielli

A Devoted Advocate

From Undergraduate Research

MU senior Lindsey Mirielli travels to Washington, D.C. to present research on cyberbullying of students with disabilities.

Kara Rinella

Humorous By Design

Senior Kara Rinella uses comics for her graphic design inspiration.

Haley Myers

The Write Stuff

A music composition and geography double major, MU senior Haley Myers writes more than music as she puts her skills to work as a tutor at the Writing Center, a position she’s held for over three years.

Romanus Hutchins

Speaking of Research

From Undergraduate Research

As an Undergraduate Research ambassador, Romanus Hutchins has learned how to speak about science in a compelling way.

Madalynn Olmsted working on her artwork.

Art with a Personal Touch

Senior Madalynn Olmsted’s artwork draws upon her experience with mental illness and brings awareness to the prevalence of mental illness in today’s society.

William Deresiewicz

William Deresiewicz to Deliver Celebration of Teaching Keynote Address

Award-winning essayist and critic William Deresiewicz will deliver the keynote address at the University of Missouri’s Celebration of Teaching at 1 p.m. on May 17.

Members of the MU debate team.

Great Debaters

Although members of the MU Debate Team have competed at several tournaments this season, team members have no idea what to expect at their next competition.

Caitlin Allen’s costumes on display.

Behind the Seams

So far, 2016 has been marked by artistic success for MU senior and costume designer Caitlin Allen. Within two weeks, Allen displayed her work in two showcases and received awards in both.


A New Way to Lecture

Located on the second floor of the Heinkel Building, the Lightboard is the newest addition to the services and tools MU’s Instructional Media Studio offers faculty.

Anurag Chandran

Mizzou Endeavors

Well-traveled Scholar

Mizzou senior Anurag Chandran earns Schwarzman Scholarship.

The Pursuit of Teaching Excellence: Lessons from the University of Missouri Kemper Teaching Fellows

Kemper Fellows Share Teaching Expertise in New Book

A project that began in 2002 has come to a culmination with the publication of The Pursuit of Teaching Excellence: Lessons from the University of Missouri Kemper Teaching Fellows.

Donovan Bradford

Community Building

Before the start of his freshman year at Mizzou, Donovan Bradford got a taste of what college life was all about when he participated in the Summer Transition Program through Academic Retention Services (ARS).

Janet Echelman

Renowned Artist to Deliver Keynote at Inaugural Visual Art & Design Showcase

Artist Janet Echelman will deliver the keynote address at the inaugural Undergraduate Visual Art & Design Showcase, which will take place Jan. 25-29, 2016.

Jesse Hall

Mizzou Updates

As the University of Missouri undergoes change and transition, we encourage you to revisit this page regularly for official news, updates and statements from leadership.

Olivia Rivers excels at Mizzou after receiving the Suggs Scholarship.

Mizzou Endeavors

Opportunities Abound

Mizzou student creates Special Olympics cheer squad.

Kathleen Kowalsky

A Sustainable Cause

Kathleen Kowalsky’s love of fashion leads to more sustainable textiles.

Kinder Scholars Samantha Franks and Matt McKeown visit at the Lincoln Memorial, across the National Mall from the Washington Monument, during the Kinder Scholars Program in Washington, D.C.

A Strong Constitution

Kinder Institute scholars aim to keep democracy safe for the world.

Kelsey Boschert leads a cheer squad.

Mizzou Endeavors

We’ve Got Spirit

Mizzou student creates Special Olympics cheer squad.

Mizzou faculty members Sarah Bush, Bethany Stone, Newton D’Souza and Betsy Baker represent four of the last five winners of the prestigious Boyer Award.

Winning Tradition

Mizzou faculty members earn the Boyer Award for Excellence in Teaching in four of the last five years.

Rob McDaniel

Rob McDaniels Named Director of Mizzou Career Center

Rob McDaniels has been named director of the Career Center at the University of Missouri. McDaniels, who has part of the MU Career Center staff since 1987, begins his new role as director on Sept. 1.

Eric Aldrich

Forecasting Student Success

Meteorologist Eric Aldrich moves into support role for MU Connect.

JD Bowers

J.D. Bowers Named MU Honors College Director

From the Honors College

J.D. Bowers has been named Director of the Honors College at the University of Missouri. Bowers has been Associate Vice Provost for University Honors at Northern Illinois University (NIU) since 2013. He will begin his new position on August 1.

Donell Young

Donell Young Named Director of Mizzou’s Academic Retention Services

Donell Young, a member of the University of Missouri Department of Student Life staff since 2004, has been named the Director of MU’s Academic Retention Services (ARS). He will begin his new role on July 13.

Bronze statue of former Michigan Football Coach Bo Schembechler designed by Grill.

An Artist’s Inspiration

For Mizzou Professor Brett Grill, art is more than a visual manifestation; it is a way to communicate with others.

Group shot of award-winning tutors

Learning Center Honors Excellence in Tutoring

The Learning Center at Mizzou honored 10 student tutors with the 2015 Bonnie Zelenak Excellence in Tutoring Awards Friday, May 8.

One of Lauren Runquist's custom shoes

Shoes That Shine

Senior and small business owner Lauren Rundquist never imagined she would be serving clients around the world while at the same time giving back to the community.

Sharyn Freyermuth and Laura Carroz holding awards

Mizzou Recognizes Advising Excellence

Sharyn Freyermuth and Laura Carroz have been named the recipients of the 2015 Excellence in Advising Awards.

Service-Learning students

Celebrating Service

The MU Office of Service-Learning celebrates 25 years of encouraging public service.

Jeff Selingo

Jeff Selingo to Deliver Keynote Address at Mizzou’s Celebration of Teaching

Best-selling author and award-winning columnist Jeff Selingo will deliver the keynote address at the University of Missouri’s Celebration of Teaching at 1 p.m. on May 19.

Tia Paulette poses in front of a river in Leiden, Holland.

Mizzou Endeavors

Giving Back

Tia Paulette’s past gives special meaning to community service.

Dana Humphrey holding a child in Ghana.

Service-Learning Earns MU’s First Peace Corps Prep Award

In December, St. Louis native Dana Humphrey graduated with a Bachelor of Social Work from MU. Along with this degree, Humphrey received the Minor in Leadership and Public Service, the Multicultural Certificate and was MU’s first awardee of the Peace Corps Prep Award.

Grotha and fellow volunteer advocate holding signs asking for donations.

Mizzou Student Nominated for Best of Columbia Volunteer Award

Joe Grotha, senior service-learning student at MU, has advanced to the final round of Inside Columbia magazine’s Best of Columbia Awards 2015 in the volunteer category.

Henson Award Winners

MU’s Lee Henson Awards Honors Dedication to Disability Awareness and Advocacy

The Lee Henson Access Mizzou Awards were created to honor Henson, MU’s former Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Coordinator. Henson had a longstanding record of service and advocacy on the Mizzou campus and in the Columbia community.

Mitchell Moonier

Congressional Scholars Represent MU in Washington D.C.

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 CLIP program.

Kat Joiner receiving Broken Tool Award

Area Organization Honors MU Student for Service

Kat Joiner, a senior service-learning student at MU, was awarded the Broken Tool Award for her service to the Columbia Center for Urban Agriculture (CCUA) at the organization’s 5th Annual Harvest Hootenanny Fundraiser on Oct. 4.

Professor Etti Naveh-Benjamin in her office

Mizzou Endeavors

Call Me Etti

Professor Naveh-Benjamin takes mentoring personally.

Joey Fening

MU Journalism Student Spends Summer Interning at National Geographic

MU senior Joey Fening spent last summer in Washington D.C., working in what National Geographic staffers call the “Intern Cave.” The experience was part of Fening’s time as an art research intern for National Geographic.

DeAngela Burns-Wallace

Burns-Wallace Named Assistant Vice Provost for Undergraduate Studies

University of Missouri Vice Provost for Undergraduate Studies Jim Spain announced today that DeAngela Burns-Wallace has been named assistant vice provost for undergraduate studies. Previously, Burns-Wallace served as the assistant vice provost for enrollment management and director of access initiatives at MU.

Serving seniors

Serving Seniors

Programs focused on providing care to senior citizens of Boone County are a major part of service learning at MU. Boone County Council on Aging and Adult Day Connection are two area programs that care for seniors and involve MU student volunteers.

Group of volunteers in front of a mountain vista

Mizzou Alternative Breaks: New Name, Same Life-Altering Experience

Four years ago Theresa Mullineaux’s could not have imagined her senior year would include managing over 840 students in community service endeavors, renaming one of Mizzou’s proudest programs as it doubled in size, or pioneering a sustainable partnership between Mizzou and five other SEC schools focused on leadership through service.

Rendering of Winged Sphere Statue

New Statue and Award Announced at the University of Missouri

A new statue honoring the University of Missouri’s history and recognizing the institution’s mission will be placed in Jesse Hall. The Winged Sphere statue will carry the message that “Scholarship and teaching are daily driven by a sense of public service.”

Zach Parolin in front of the White House

Mark Twain Fellowship Sends MU Alumnus to Oxford

From the Fellowships Office

A 2012 graduate of the MU School of Journalism, Zach Parolin has been awarded the inaugural Mark Twain Fellowship from Mizzou.

Loftin speaks to students at the Capitol

Loftin visits MU’s Capitol Interns

Mizzou legislative interns had lunch with a special guest during an event hosted in their honor at the Missouri State Capitol on April 15.

Kaitlyn Hartnett

Freshman Finds a Lab That Fits

From Undergraduate Research

If you were to ask the average Mizzou freshman to step into a neuroscience lab and conduct physiological tests on children to examine the relationship between stress and GI symptoms, many would be baffled and confused. Not Kaitlyn Hartnett.

Youtube Video: Volunteers from MU, area churches and local Christian organizations make up the majority of the staff at Granny's House.

A Family Atmosphere

From Service-Learning

Granny’s House, located in the Douglass Park Housing projects near downtown Columbia, is a welcoming and safe environment where kids can come each day after school in order to learn about morals, manners and the enormity of what God’s love can do.

A group of students participated in the AIDS Race, an event originally started by MU students and carried on by Ghanaian locals

Global Service Programs Offer Life-Changing Experiences

From Service-Learning

Global Service Programs through the Office of Service-Learning offer a life-changing experience to college students through the perfect mixture of service, cultural learning and fun.

John Belgeri, a senior health sciences major, helps two girls practice their Spanish and English

Spreading the Love

From Mizzou News

Over winter break, 144 MU students headed for cities in Virginia, Louisiana, Texas, Florida, Alabama, South Carolina and Oklahoma for a week of service as part of Mizzou’s Alternative Breaks program. The program is one of the largest of its kind in the country.

Lisette Rossman

MU Student Follows Inspiration to Study Abroad

From The Honors College

Lisette Rossman has been awarded the MU Stipendium for German Studies, which is a $250 scholarship co-sponsored by the department of German Studies and the College of Arts and Sciences.

Grace McNamee

Studies Take MU Student to England

From Undergraduate Research

Even in today’s society, classic novels like Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice are still capturing the hearts of readers. For MU English major Grace McNamee, the British author is also her topic of research.

Meera Chandrasekhar

Meera Chandrasekhar Receives Robert Foster Cherry Award

From MU News Bureau

Meera Chandrasekhar, Professor of Physics and Astronomy, has been named the recipient of the Baylor University Robert Foster Cherry Award for Great Teaching.