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President's Highlights - July 2024

Continued support

Last week, Governor Parson signed the FY 2025 state budget, including historic support for the UM System. Our universities will receive $504.6 million in core funding with additional state investments to support capital improvement projects. This includes funding for NextGen and MURR at Mizzou, the Health Sciences District at UMKC, Campus of the Future transformation efforts at UMSL and the "Advancing Missouri's STEM Education and Workforce Development" initiative at Missouri S&T. We're grateful to Governor Parson and our legislative leaders for their continued commitment to our mission. The FY25 state budget is an incredible investment not just in the university system, but in Missouri and Missourians.

In May, the UM System was proud to award 9,554 degrees to Miners, Roos, Tigers and Tritons at commencement ceremonies across our four universities. These graduates are outstanding additions to our alumni network, more than half of which remains in Missouri and contributes to our state. I can’t wait to see what these graduates will accomplish. As the Class of 2024 begins its journey, our UM System students, faculty and staff remain dedicated to transforming lives and impacting communities. The stories below show how our commitment to excellence continues to make a difference during the summer and throughout the year.


Congratulations, Graduates!

This May, all four UM System universities recognized graduating students during Spring 2024 Commencement ceremonies.



UMSL student prepares to launch his future

Keith Reece is set to earn his bachelor’s degree in physics this summer before moving on to graduate school. Reece has conducted research on comet spectroscopy with Professor Erika Gibb and Assistant Professor Mohi Saki utilizing the NASA Infrared Telescope Facility.



Here’s how UMKC is embracing artificial intelligence

Kansas City’s research university is known for being innovative and future-forward. As artificial intelligence engrains itself into our everyday lives, many faculty have been on the leading edge of using this technology in the classroom and in their respective fields.



MU student Tyler Davis makes a library lifeline

Thanks to University of Missouri student Tyler Davis — and a new position within the Daniel Boone Regional Library (DBRL) — patrons are now able to connect with resources beyond the physical walls of the library.



S&T's Minteer named to American Academy of Arts and Sciences

Dr. Shelley Minteer, director of the Kummer Institute Center for Resource Sustainability and a professor of chemistry and Missouri S&T, has been named to the 2024 class of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, an honorary society that celebrates the excellence of its members.


Reviewed 2024-07-02