Please explore this website to learn more about Middle Eastern Studies at MSU. Here, you will find general information about the Middle East and MSU's new Middle Eastern Studies minor, along with information about ongoing research conducted by MSU faculty in and around the Middle East. Check out the 'Resources' page to find links to sites about Middle Eastern languages, scholarship, and resources for K-12 educators.
News and Events
MSU faculty awarded NSF grant to study women's participation in engineering in Morocco and the United States July 23, 2019 A $200,000 grant from the National Science Foundation will allow researchers from two Mississippi State University engineering departments to encourage young women to enter science-based computing fields. Aerospace engineering professor Rani W. Sullivan and electrical and computer engineering assistant professor M. Jean Mohammadi-Aragh were awarded funding from the NSF's Research Initiation in Engineering Formation program. That program enables engineering faculty who are renowned for their teaching and student mentoring to research the formal and informal education and value systems by which people become engineers. The NSF grant will allow the research team to identify differences in engineering messaging within Moroccan and American cultures to determine factors that contribute to women’s decisions to pursue engineering degrees at higher rates in Morocco. Sullivan will serve as principal investigator on the two-year grant, with Mohammadi-Aragh serving as co-principal investigator.
MSU Fulbright-Hays GPA grant completed March 1, 2018 The MSU Fulbright-Hays GPA grant came to a close this Spring, 2018. Thanks to all who were involved for making this such a fun, educational, stimulating, and collaborative experience! Check out our participant-run blog detailing the Summer, 2017 trip to Jordan and Israel here.
MSU professors Kate McClellan and Jimmy Hardin were awarded a 2016 Fulbright-Hays Group Projects Abroad grant. The grant, entitled "Museums, Memory, and Contested Heritage in the Middle East: Perspectives from Jordan and Israel," will focus onhow museums and cultural heritage organizations work to construct collective memories and national identities in Israel and Jordan. Twelve participants, including MSU faculty and students and local K-12 educators, will travel to Israel and Jordan in Summer, 2017 to visit museums, cultural heritage sites, and universities and meet with museum staff, cultural heritage professionals, and university professors. The grant will introduce seminar participants not only to the culture, language, and history of the Middle East, but also to the various ways in which memory is integral to understanding the highly contested relationships between these two countries. Participant Applications, due January 15, 2017, are available here. Please read instructions for eligibility and application process. Contact Dr Hardin (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Dr. McClellan (email@example.com) for more information.
Read about AMEC Grad Student Caitlin Ostrowski's summer 2016 internship in Jordan here.
Check out this story about Dr. Hardin's exciting archaeological find in Israel last year!