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- Thursday, November 30 -

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University of Memphis to Add Student Housing at Park Avenue Campus

New apartment-style student housing is planned for the University of Memphis campus in the fall of 2026 thanks to a public-private partnership between the University and The Annex Group, a national developer building innovative housing communities at universities across the country.

Read more on the upcoming student housing additions

- Monday, November 27 -


Bruns Scholarship Challenge Fund Raises $3 Million, Creates Record-Breaking Number of Scholarships at UofM

The Bruns Scholarship Challenge fully matched  $1 million to create 36 new scholarships, collectively raising $3 million in three years from alumni and friends of the University of Memphis, the University announced today ahead of Giving Tuesday. The record-breaking number of scholarships demonstrates the incredible power of collective impact.

Read about the scholarship challenge

- Wednesday, November 22 -


UofM Journalism and Strategic Media Chapter Honor

The 2023 Journalism and Strategic Media Outstanding Alumni Awards took place on Thursday, Nov. 16, 2023, at the Penny Hardaway Hall of Fame. This event, hosted by the Department of Journalism and Strategic Media Alumni Chapter, honored six individuals who have made a measurable impact on advertising, journalism, public relations and strategic visual media in Memphis.

Join us in celebrating excellence in media

- Tuesday, November 21 -


Smith Family Makes Largest Donation in University of Memphis History

The Frederick W. Smith Family, headed by the founder and executive chairman of FedEx, has committed a $50 million challenge gift to the University of Memphis for renovations to Simmons Bank Liberty Stadium.

Learn how this substantial gift will help us ascend nationally

- Tuesday, November 14 -

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University of Memphis joins Common App’s Direct Admissions program

The University of Memphis recently became the first Tennessee institution of higher education to participate in Common App’s Direct Admissions program, giving students an accessible and equitable college enrollment experience. Common App is now available at 70 universities across the country, providing over 200,000 first-generation and low- and middle-income students who are college-interested with proactive admissions offers.

Read more about student opportunities

- Tuesday, November 14 -

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Hooks Institute Turns Office Renovation into Hands-On Learning Opportunity

With hard hats and T squares at the ready, students from the University of Memphis are taking part in a unique learning opportunity offered by the Benjamin L. Hooks Institute for Social Change.

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- Thursday, November 9 -

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UofM to Honor Student Veterans for Academic Achievements, Service at Inaugural Clement Santi Awards Ceremony

This Veterans Day, University of Memphis student veterans will be honored for their service and dedication to their education at the inaugural Clement Santi Courage Awards and Veterans Recognition Ceremony taking place at 5:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 10.

Read about the Veterans Day ceremony

- Wednesday, November 8 -


University of Memphis Center Spearheads Regional Ecosystem to Address Need for Skilled Workforce in the Mid-South

The Center for Regional Economic Enrichment at the University of Memphis, with assistance from the U.S. Economic Development Administration, kicked off a workforce development initiative on Wednesday, Nov. 8, to provide in-demand industry credentials to participants in a tri-state area.

Read more about workforce re-engagement opportunities

- Wednesday, November 8 -

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University of Memphis Partners with TheraSyn Bio to Advance Synthetic Biology Research in Biomedical, Bioscience, Cybersecurity Fields

The University of Memphis and Massachusetts-based synthetic biology company TheraSyn Bio Inc. are partnering to advance synthetic biology research within the University’s biomedical, bioscience and computer science departments.

Read about the future of synthetic biology research

- November 3, 2023 -

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UofM, UTHSC Awarded $1 Million Collaborative Grant to Improve Behavioral Health Care for Youth in Memphis and Mid-South

Memphis, Tenn. (November 3, 2023) – A collaborative program between the University of Memphis (UofM) and the University of Tennessee Health Science Center  (UTHSC), funded by a two-year $1 million grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), aims to increase the behavioral health workforce in Memphis and the Mid-South.

Read more about the Collaborative Grant to improve Behavioral Health in Memphis

- Thursday, November 2 -


UofM Center for Information Assurance Receives $1M as Part of Cybersecurity Research Award from FEMA, DHS

As a core member of the National Cybersecurity Preparedness Consortium, the University of Memphis Center for Information Assurance has received $1 million as part of a larger grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Department of Homeland Security to conduct research on cybersecurity issues with a goal of developing workforce education resources for various industry sectors.

Read more about the research grant

- Thursday, October 26 -

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UofM Invites Tiger Community to Join Homecoming Festivities

The University of Memphis encourages students, alumni and friends to unleash their inner Tiger at this year’s homecoming festivities, beginning Thursday, Nov. 2., with an unveiling of a mural featuring civil rights pioneer Maxine A. Smith. The following two days leading up to the homecoming football game on Saturday are full of nonstop activities for the Tiger family to enjoy.

Read about the Homecoming Festivities

- Thursday, October 19 -

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UofM Residential Hall Renamed Shirley C. Raines Centennial Place after University’s 11th president

A ribbon-cutting ceremony Thursday made official what has been years in the making: Centennial Place, the residence hall at Central Avenue and Patterson Street, shall now be known as Shirley C. Raines Centennial Place after the 11th president of the University of Memphis and the first and only woman to hold the position in University’s 111-year history. 

Celebrate this historical event and learn more

- Wednesday, October 18 -

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Truist Financial Awards Hooks Institute $25,000 Grant to Support Student Success Initiatives

Truist Financial Corporation recently awarded $25,000 to the Benjamin L. Hooks Institute for Social Change in support of the institute’s student success and career readiness initiatives. 

Discover how our university's research grants are making a difference

- Wednesday, October 11 -

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UofM Aviation Program Reaching New Heights with National Accolades

At just five years old, the University of Memphis Commercial Aviation program can’t drive much less fly, yet that didn’t prevent two of its top students from landing prestigious scholarships at the University Aviation Association’s 76th annual conference held in St. Petersburg, Fla., in September.

Learn more about the aviation students

- Thursday, October 5 -

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Hooks Institute Producing Documentary on James Meredith's 1966 March Against Fear

The Benjamin L. Hooks Institute for Social Change, committed to preserving and sharing the untold stories of Civil Rights heroes through documentaries, will produce a new work that shines a light on a pivotal moment in U.S. history: the James Meredith March Against Fear of 1966. This documentary will explore the enduring impact of this historic march on the Civil Rights Movement and American society.

Read about this historical documentary on the James Meredith March Against Fear

- Friday, September 29 -

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School of Public Health offering dual enrollment to high school students to address today’s public health challenges

The School of Public Health at the University of Memphis recently launched an initiative to empower high school students in the Memphis community and beyond to solve public health challenges facing communities today.

Discover the opportunities at the School of Public Health

- Thursday, September 28 -

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Wearable AI Startup Turns Watches into Stress Assistants Using Licensed University of Memphis Technology

Feeling tense or nervous? As it turns out, there is an app for that, one which can detect common stressors that often generate those feelings, and it was created with technology developed at the University of Memphis.

Read about this smart watch

- Thursday, September 21 -

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University of Memphis Wins Major Instrumentation Investment Across Multiple Disciplines

The University of Memphis, a Carnegie R1 institution, recently won three grants from the National Science Foundation’s nationally competitive Major Research Instrumentation Program, an investment valued at over $2 million.  

Read more about the rewarded grants

- Monday, September 18 -

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UofM’s CAESER Releases Results from 5-Year, $5 million MLGW Aquifer Study

After five years of research, the Center for Applied Earth Sciences and Engineering Research (CAESER) released the results of their study on the Memphis aquifer, finding that the clay layer is not as complete as previously thought. The study’s results are available at caeser.memphis.edu.

Learn more about CAESER and their studies

- Thursday, September 14 -

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UofM Lambuth M. D. Anderson Planetarium Participating in Sixth Annual Tennessee STEAM Festival

Science, technology, engineering, art and math (STEAM) will come to life at events and activities across the state during the sixth annual Tennessee STEAM Festival taking place Oct. 13-22.

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- Wednesday, September 13 -

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Navy Week: University of Memphis Advances Strategic Research Partnership with the Naval Surface Warfare Center

As the University of Memphis prepares to host Navy football on Thursday evening, the UofM is highlighting a strategic research partnership with the Department of Defense and the Carderock Division of the Naval Surface Warfare Center.

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- Tuesday, September 12 -

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University of Memphis Hosting ‘Local Elections Matter’ Discussion Featuring Expert Panel

To prepare voters for the upcoming October 5 City of Memphis Municipal Election, University Libraries and the Benjamin L. Hooks Institute for Social Change at the University of Memphis will present a moderated panel discussion, “Local Elections Matter,” on Sept. 19 from 1:30-2:30 p.m. in the Ned R. McWherter Library.

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- Friday, September 8 -

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University of Memphis Leads State of Tennessee in 2024 College Free Speech Rankings  

The University of Memphis is the top-ranked institution in Tennessee for free speech rights, according to the 2024 College Free Speech Rankings by the Foundation for Individual Rights and ExpressionThe rankings were developed based on survey information provided by 55,102 undergraduate students from 254 of the top universities across the United States. 

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- Thursday, September 7 -

University of Memphis Dr J Elliott Casal photoExperts Struggle to Identify Human Text from AI in Study Co-Authored by UofM’s Dr. J. Elliott Casal

University of Memphis Applied Linguistics professor Dr. J. Elliott Casal recently co-authored a study that revealed trained linguists and reviewers from top academic journals were largely unsuccessful in identifying artificial intelligence (AI) versus human writing of research abstracts, with an overall positive identification rate of only 38.9%.

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- Tuesday, September 5 -

University of memphis bridge photoUofM Secures Institutional Record $86M in Awards for FY23

The University of Memphis is proud to announce its unprecedented achievement of $86 million in research awards in FY23, setting a new record high for the institution. This remarkable feat, which significantly surpassed the previous record of $50 million, is the direct result of the University’s strategic efforts to foster a thriving research environment.

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