Dr. Stephen Graves teaching in person.

Dr. Graves with some of his Students

We asked the College of Arts & Science department chairs to share their feelings during the Fall 2020 semester. April Langley, chair of the Department of Black Studies, said their faculty are largely feeling inspired and invigorated despite this year's many challenges. Department Chair Dr. April Langley surveyed her colleagues that shared this conviction and their responses are as follows.

Mitchell S. McKinney

Mitchell S. McKinney, professor of communication and director of the Political Communication Institute.

A recent CNN opinion piece, comparing presidential debates to a presidential job interview, featured Mitchell S. McKinney, a professor of communication and director of the Political Communication Institute at the University of Missouri.

Austin Spratt

Austin Spratt is an undergraduate mathematics student in the College of Arts and Science at the University of Missouri

A reseach team, including an undergraduate studying mathematics at the University of Missouri, and an 8th grader from Columbia, Missouri, collaborated with a research professor to identify mutations in the virus causing COVID-19.


Photo of Libby Cowgill

There are good days, there are bad days, but a day like this rarely comes around.

Libby Cowgill, an associate professor in the Department of Anthropology, earned not one but two extremely important acolades in one day.

Libby started the day learning that she was named the first 2020 Kemper award winner. The Kemper Award is an extremely prestigious award given each year to five of Mizzou's outstanding teachers.

Photo of Abby Hunt

Abby Hunt, Geography

When Mizzou students left campus last spring, they spread out to places all over the country. It was that fact that sparked Abby Hunt’s idea. Hunt is an undergraduate student majoring in international studies and geography, and earning a minor in French. Could use her growing expertise to create a map that illustrated where all the geography students, faculty, and staff had gone?

President Donald Trump at a COVID-19 briefing

Does a president have the authority to send the military into American cities?

Photo credit: REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

This article originally appeared in The Conversation.

Retired MU Astronaut

Dr. Linda M. Godwin logged more than 38 days in space across four different missions.

Dr. Linda M. Godwin is a former NASA astronaut who earned her masters degree and a doctorate in physics from the University of Missouri's College of Arts and Science. She recently spoke with KOMU about launching the SpaceX rocket and looked back at her career.

Visit the link to both watch and read the story.



This article appeared in Futurity 

Over 80% of the world’s flowering plants must reproduce in order to produce new flowers, according to the US Forest Service. This process involves the transfer of pollen between plants by wind, water, or insects called pollinators—including bumblebees.

A photo of George Smith

George Smith, Nobel laureate and a Curators Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Biological Sciences

Note: This story was originally published on the MU News Bureau website.

George P. Smith, Nobel laureate and a Curators Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Biological Sciences at the University of Missouri, has been elected as a member of the National Academy of Sciences (NAS). Membership in NAS is known as one of the highest honors a U.S. scientist can receive during a career.

Rhodes Scholar finalist and Mizzou track athlete Faramola Shonekan learns via Zoom that she is the 2020 Mark Twain Fellowship re

Rhodes Scholar finalist and Mizzou track athlete Faramola Shonekan learns via Zoom that she is the 2020 Mark Twain Fellowship recipient.

Note: This article first appeared on the University of Missouri's Fellowship's Office Page.

Whether studying abroad in the Netherlands, leading the pack as captain of the Mizzou women’s track and cross-country teams or working part time at Skylark Bookshop in downtown Columbia, Faramola Shonekan lives the slogan she herself coined:

“Mizzou is everywhere, and everywhere is Mizzou.”

Amanda Durbak teaching remotely

Amanda Durbak is trying to keep things as similar as possible for students in her courses, even as they transition to meeting remotely as part of MU’s efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19.

Symonne Sparks is pictured singing the National Anthem at the Chiefs Super Bowl Celebration

Symonne Sparks Shines During Chiefs Super Bowl Celebration

Take a look at this incredible performance by University of Missouri School of Music's own Symonne Sparks!  She was tapped to sing the National Anthem during the Chiefs Super Bowl Celebration in Kansas City. Sparks, an alumna of Mizzou, studied vocal performance and trained with the Opera Theatre of St. Louis. She has performed the National Anthem at collegiate and professional sporting events all over the country.



Ciprian Comsa Practices for the Pan-American Chess Championship courtesy Tyler Messner/Missourian

Mizzou's Chess Team will travel to Charlotte, North Carolina to compete in the Pan-American Chess Championship that takes place Dec. 27-30. Teams from across the U.S. and Canada will be competing in what is knows as one of the most important competitions in the sport.

Cristian Chirila, the team's head coach, said the MU chess team will start the competition as sixth-favorite based on team rankings, but he has high hopes to finish first.

Brig Gen Alex Fink at his commissioning ceremony with his wife Janet at left and his mother Dana

Brig. Gen. Alex Fink with his wife, Janet, at left, and his mother, Dana, following his Army ROTC commissioning ceremony in 1990 at Mizzou. Photo courtesy of Fink.

Brigadier General Alex Fink has plenty of memories from his time as a Mizzou student. From living with his fraternity brothers of Alpha Gamma Sigma and attending football games with them to meeting his wife, Mizzou alumna Janet Heckman, Fink’s Mizzou experience had a lasting impact on his life; an impact so great that their children have decided to follow in their footsteps and become Tigers as well.

Mizzou’s Chess Team being awarded the runner-up team trophy

Mizzou’s Chess Team being awarded the runner-up team trophy. From left: an unnamed official of the tournament, Christopher Repka (freshman), Cristian Chirila (coach), Wang Na, Dmitry Gordievsky (freshman), Grigory Oparin (graduate student), and another official of the tournament.

Mizzou’s Chess Team won gold and silver at the 2019 World Prestigious University Chess invitational in Tianjin, China. The tournament was organized by the Nankai University in honor of the institution’s 100th anniversary.

A photo of J'den Cox standing in front of a US flag prior to the 2016 Olympics

The College of Arts and Science’s December 2019 commencement speaker is none other than wrestling world champion and Columbia native J’den Cox. Since graduating in 2017, he has excelled in the wrestling world as a two-time world champion and Olympic bronze medalist. Next, Cox has his sights on the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

Jiaxun Chen Arianne Messerman and Michelle Williams

Jiaxun Chen, Arianne Messerman, and Michelle Williams are three of the Arts and Science students who graduated with their doctorates on Friday, Dec. 13, 2019.

Ninty-two graduate students from the College of Arts and Science celebrated earning advanced degrees during the Graduate School Commencement ceremony on Friday, Dec. 13, 2019. Of those,

M-I-Z-Z-O-U mortarboard with gold glitter and flowers

These three phenomenal students were chosen to represent the College of Arts and Science during the December 2019 commencement ceremony. They were chosen because of their academic achievements and engagement in valuable A&S experiences such as research, study abroad, internships, and service learning. They will lead the processionals and assist in the ceremony itself.



Senior Art Exhibit

“Heart and Brain of Power” by Tiijonnae Blackwell (Image courtesy of George Caleb Bingham Gallery)

Mon, May 11, 2020

The Becketts with MU Health Care physician Christopher Sampson, MD, stand next to their respiration protection chambers.

The Becketts with MU Health Care physician Christopher Sampson, MD, stand next to their respiration protection chambers.

Thu, May 7, 2020

Psychology Professor Discusses the Dangers of Increased Drinking During the Pandemic

A&S Psychology Professor Discusses Dangers of Drinking During the Pandemic on ABC-17 News

Mon, Apr 27, 2020

Writing Group

Mon, Apr 20, 2020

Samantha Edmonds

Mon, Apr 20, 2020

Photograph of grocery carts

Wed, Apr 8, 2020

a sea of black umbrellas with one lone gold umbrella

Fri, Mar 27, 2020

The image shows a child sleeping peacefully.

Tue, Mar 24, 2020