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Past Apprenticeship Experiences

The Undergraduate Apprenticeship Program has helped our apprentices grow in their fields and prepare them for their future endeavors.

Emily Davis was one of our apprentices from Summer 2020 and worked on the Community Health Empowerment, Education, and Research (CHEER) project with Mrs. Ann Sansing to help with the Injury and Illness (I2) Simulation, which allowed students to experience what it is like to live with an injury or illness, and the Gray for a Day event, which allowed students to learn about common health problems among the elderly population. Throughout her apprenticeship, Emily has grown in her communication, organization, leadership, and collaboration skills, which are skills that she will be able to apply to her future pursuits in medical school and as a rural physician and to improve teams that she works with in the future.


Tristan Peavey was another Summer 2020 apprentice and worked on the Applied Forage Management Systems and Agricultural Stewardship project with Dr. Rocky Lemus to examine the impact of establishing warm season grasses using a nursery annual forage crop. Tristan says that he learned about different forages and herbicides and the importance of checking everything before beginning a job. He says this knowledge is knowledge that he will be able to apply in the future.


Skylar Liner worked on the Coastal Conservation and Restoration project with Dr. Eric Sparks to evaluate, improve, and help develop products related to shoreline restoration. Skylar says that she learned how to map, maximize her time, sort data, and adapt to less than ideal situations and that these skills will help in her future pursuits of marine science.


Kindall Calhoun worked on the Marine Fisheries project with Dr. Marcus Drymon to coordinate marine fisheries research and implement an outreach program focused on marine fisheries. She says that the skills she has learned will be helpful as she pursues graduate school.


Jordan Davis worked on the Trauma-Informed Parenting Strategies (TIPS) project with Dr. Alisha Hardman to implement trauma-informed parent education programming in three areas in Mississippi. Jordan says that she has learned how to communicate her research in a way that the general public will be able to understand and to regulate her own schedule to complete the tasks that she needs to complete. She says these skills will help her in her future career and in advocating for children who have experienced trauma.



Camille Sicangco worked on the Connecting Sea-Level Rise to Coastal Decision-Making project with Ms. Renee Collini to conduct research related to sea-level rise and coastal decision-making with the Northern Gulf of Mexico Sentinel Site Cooperative. Camille says that she learned to work with individuals who have a different background from herself and to communicate effectively with stakeholders in the community. She says these skills will help her when serving her community in the future. Click here to read a blog post written by Ms. Collini about working with Camille.


Kevin Braman worked on the Mixed Methods Research in Dairy Systems project with Dr. Amanda Stone to conduct survey research with dairy producers to understand producers’ decisions. Kevin says that he learned about the research process, communication of research to individuals who work in the field, and the importance of community research. He says these skills will help him in graduate school and his future career.


Kennie Hicks worked on the Assessing Extension Educator Training Needs in Family & Consumer Sciences project with Dr. Marina Denny to finalize and disseminate a competency assessment to Mississippi Extension educators with FCS responsibilities. Kennie says that he learned how to use software to develop surveys for research, how to adapt to changing job responsibilities, and how to communicate research to the general public and individuals who work in the field. He says that these skills will be helpful in his future career and in working with teams in the future.

Stay tuned for information on apprenticeships for Summer of 2021!

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Filed Under: Undergraduate Apprenticeship Program, Environment May 26, 2021

Like sea levels, expenses related to flooding in communities and businesses along the Gulf Coast are rising.

One student spent last summer investigating ways to mitigate these costs while enhancing approaches to shoreline protection during her time in the Mississippi State University Extension Undergraduate Apprenticeship program. The program is targeted toward high-achieving undergraduates from across the country to give them firsthand experiences in research and extension to understand how research can be applied.

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