3 Black Chemistry Students Earn Doctorates, Set University Record

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Kari Copeland, Margo Montgomery, and Jeffrey Veals, University of MississippiAt the University of Mississippi (UM), a year-long initiative to increase graduates in fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) has paid off in epic fashion. At Ole Miss three African-American chemistry students graduated on May 11 with doctorates, setting a school record.

The trio who received their degrees was Kari Copeland (pictured left), Margo Montgomery (pictured center) and Jeffrey Veals (centered).Professors at UM beamed with pride with this latest achievement for the university.

“On average, about 50 African-American students receive Ph.D.s in chemistry nationwide each year, so UM produced 6 percent of the national total,” said Maurice Eftink, associate provost and professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry.

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