• 2019 NCSSS Student Research Conference

  • June 13-16, 2019

    The Mississippi School for Mathematics and Science (MSMS) is proud to host the 2019 NCSSS Student Research Conference. The conference will provide high school students an opportunity to highlight their research through participation in a research symposium. As space permits, students may also attend who are exploring the possibility of participating in research the following year.


    Students and chaperones will also visit research facilities at Mississippi State University and surrounding businesses and industries. In addition to engaging students in research, participants will enjoy networking with other bright minds across the United States during various activities designed to promote formal and informal interactions among participants. This will be a fun, educational experience of a lifetime. You don’t want to miss the warm southern hospitality, great food, and networking opportunities.

  • About The Mississippi School for Mathematics and Science

    The Mississippi School for Mathematics and Science (MSMS) is Mississippi’s only public, residential high school specifically designed to meet the needs of the state’s most academically gifted and talented high school juniors and seniors from all corners of the Magnolia State.

    Each year, MSMS graduates are offered millions of dollars in scholarships - the 104 graduates of the Class of 2018 accepted $9.6 million of the more than $34 million offered.

    The school has been named by several publications as one of America’s best high schools. MSMS was recently ranked the #6 best public high school in the nation and the faculty was ranked #1 as the best public high school teachers in the nation by Niche.

    Founded in 1987, on the campus of the Mississippi University for Women in Columbus, Mississippi, the mission of MSMS is “to enhance the future of Mississippi in the global society by meeting the individual needs of gifted and talented students through providing innovative learning experiences and leadership development in a residential environment.”

    For more information, please visit themsms.org or connect with us on Facebook and Instagram @the_msms.

  • Location

    Columbus, Mississippi

    The Mississippi School for Mathematics and Science is located on the campus of Mississippi University for Women.


    Established in 1884, The W today attracts female and male students from around the region and around the world and has a long tradition of excellence in liberal arts and professional education. The W prepares its students for a wide variety of roles, both professionally and personally.


    It has established one of the premier nursing programs in the state, offering degrees from the associate’s through the doctor of nursing practice; and has developed a nationally recognized program in culinary arts. The W’s three colleges include Arts, Sciences & Education; Business & Professional Studies and Nursing & Health Sciences.


    The quality of The W’s academic programs has been nationally recognized by U.S. News & World Report and Washington Monthly. The historic campus is home to 23 buildings on the National Register of Historic Places, making it one of the most significant architectural campuses in Mississippi.

    Starkville, Mississippi

    Mississippi School for Mathematics and Science students have the opportunity to travel 20 miles weekly to conduct research on the campus of Mississippi State University.


    Mississippi State is one of only a few schools to earn both research and community engagement rankings from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. Moreover, the National Science Foundation ranks Mississippi State among the nation’s top 100 research institutions.


    As the Magnolia State’s leading research university, MSU’s research expenditures totaled $239.4 million in 2016, accounting for more than half of the total $455 million in research and development expenditures reported by all Mississippi institutions. MSU is a recognized leader in a number of disciplines, and well known for innovative partnerships, real-world impact and offering undergraduate and graduate students unique research opportunities.

  • Registration


    Schools are able to request up to 8 students and 2 chaperones. However, to allow more schools to participate, only 4 students and 1 chaperone per school will be confirmed before the priority deadline (March 15). The other requests will be placed on a waiting list.


    After March 15, schools that have names on the waiting list will be notified of additional spots available. To be eligible for the $150 registration fee, all requests must be made by the second registration deadline of April 1.


    Each school is responsible for the registration fee for each student/chaperone as indicated below. The registration fee covers all meals, activities, and daily transportation between the hotels and conference events. Schools are responsible for securing their own lodging for their students and chaperones.


    Priority Registration Deadline: March 15, 2019

    $150 per student/chaperone


    Second Registration Deadline: April 1, 2019

    $150 per student/chaperone (Includes those who are on wait list prior to April 1)


    Final Registration Deadline: May 1, 2019

    $200 per student/chaperone

    Payment of Fees

    Registration fees can be paid via school check and made out to “MSMS”.


    Mail to the following address:


    Mississippi School for Mathematics and Science

    Attn: NCSSS Student Research Conference

    1100 College Street, MUW-1627

    Columbus, MS 39701


    Download the completed MSMS W-9 Form

  • Research Symposium

    Students participating in the symposium should fill out a copy of the Research Symposium Participation Form, which includes preparing a 250-word abstract of their research. All forms, for all students attending from one school, should be submitted together in one email by a designated teacher from that school.


    Submissions should be made to msmsadvancement@themsms.org by May 15, 2019. While not designed to be a competition, during the Research Symposium, STEM professionals from local universities and industry will engage each student in discussion of their research. All students must prepare a poster with a 3-5-minute verbal presentation for their poster.

    An abstract will be requested in advance via the Student Research Conference Symposium Guidelines form, downloadable below.

  • Schedule

    Thursday, June 13

    9:00 AM-5 PM Arrival and Shuttles to Hotels

    5:30 PM Shuttle to MSMS

    • Check in
    • Drop off Research Posters

    6:00 PM Chaperone Meeting
    6:30 PM Participants Group Meeting

    7:00 PM Dinner

    8:00- 9:00 PM Welcome Activity with T-shirt Swap

    9:15 PM  Shuttles back to Hotels

    Friday, June 14

    7-8 AM Free Breakfast at Hotels

    8:00 AM Shuttle to MSMS

    8:30 AM Set up Poster Presentation-Group 1

    9-11:00 AM Research Symposium

    11-12:00 PM Lunch including College Fair

    12- 5:00 PM Excursions (Focus on the connection between research and its impact on society)

    6:00 PM Taste of Mississippi Dinner/Entertainment

    9:00 PM Shuttles back to Hotels

    Saturday, June 15

    7-8:00 AM Free Breakfast at Hotels

    8:00 AM Shuttle to MSMS

    8:30 AM Set up Poster Presentation – Group 2

    9-11:00 AM Research Symposium
    11-12:00 PM Lunch

    12- 5:00 PM Tours of MSU Research Facilities (Various Options available)

    6:30-8:00 PM Dinner, Keynote

    8-10:00 PM Brain Battles

    10:00 PM Shuttles back to Hotels

    Sunday, June 16

    All Morning Shuttles to Airport

    7-8:00 AM Breakfast

    8-11:00 AM Checkout

  • Conference Travel

    Shuttle service will be available for the Columbus airport at various times. One shuttle will be available for the Memphis and Birmingham airports for Thursday afternoon and Sunday morning travel. The times will be determined based on the flight reservations of participants.

    The Golden Triangle Regional Airport is located a convenient 13 minutes from the MSMS campus.

    Golden Triangle Regional Airport (GTR)
    2080 Airport Road
    Columbus, MS 39701
    17 driving miles from the Mississippi School for Mathematics and Science


    The airports below are within a two- to three-hour drive:

    Birmingham International Airport (BHM)
    5900 Messer Airport Highway
    Birmingham, Alabama 35212
    122 driving miles from the Mississippi School for Mathematics and Science

    Jackson- Medgar Wiley Evers International Airport (JAN)

    100 International Dr., Suite 300
    Jackson, MS 39208
    151 driving miles from the Mississippi School for Mathematics and Science

    Memphis International Airport (MEM)
    2491 Winchester Road
    Memphis, TN 38116
    162 driving miles from the Mississippi School for Mathematics and Science​

  • Conference Lodging

    Option 1

    Wingate by Wyndham

    129 Brickerton St, Columbus, MS 39701

    Rate: $79.00 +tax= $86.11/night

    (662) 570-1918


    Option 2

    LaQuinta Inn and Suites

    1200 US-45, Columbus, MS 39705

    Rate: $89.00+tax=$97.01/night

    (662) 240-2454


    Option 3

    Hyatt Place

    101 Hospital Dr, Columbus, MS 39705

    Rate: $93.00 +tax= $101.37/night

    Click here to reserve


    If you have questions regarding the conference, please contact msmsadvancement@themsms.org