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Judy and Bobby Shackouls Honors College
The Shackouls Honors College draws regional and national attention because of its size and structure. Though the College includes over 1,000 students, Honors classes are typically limited to no more than twenty students. Students receive individualized instruction from faculty members who challenge them to explore their potential.

Student Diversity
Mississippi State University has a minority enrollment of 26.2 percent. Our Bagley College of Engineering is ranked nationally in the top 15 institutions of higher learning in terms of graduating minority engineers. Through the Bagley College of Engineering Diversity Programs Office, students have the opportunity to join a number of groups that promote diversity and enhance the experiences of minority and women students throughout their college career.

Cooperative Education Program
MSU's Cooperative Education Program is the second largest in the Southeast and one of the top twelve in the country. It is one of nine accredited Co-op programs in the United States and offers students an opportunity to gain practical work experience in their field of study prior to graduation.

Center for Advanced Vehicular Systems
CAVS provides engineering, research, development, and technology transfer teams focused on complex problems, such as those encountered in technologies designed to improve human mobility. The development efforts provide short-term solutions relevant to regional manufacturers while the core research builds longer-term knowledge needed for sustained economic development. At the same time students gain valuable project experience that compliments their formal classroom learning.

Cybersecurity Training
Cybersecurity experts admit every attack can't be prevented, but "we hope to detect them as they happen, or to find out quickly when they happened and how, so we can respond appropriately," said Wesley McGrew, a computer science doctoral candidate and instructor at the National Forensics Training Center at Mississippi State. The U.S. Department of Justice funds the center, which teaches law enforcement officers to fight cybercrime.

A university student team of some 20 members took first place overall in the second round of the 2010 EcoCAR: The NeXt Challenge. MSU was among 16 institutions represented at the San Diego finals in year two of the three-year competition sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy, General Motors and the Canadian government, among others. The competition challenges North American engineering majors to "re-engineer" a GM-donated vehicle to minimize fuel consumption and emissions, while maintaining its utility, safety and performance.

Aerospace Engineering Student Team
A Mississippi State student engineering team again is among top finishers navigating an unmanned radio-controllable aircraft system in a simulated combat zone. Operating under the name Team Xipiter, the 10-person university group finished second among 22 institutions in the recent 2010 Student Unmanned Air System competition. The MSU team's latest achievement is a third consecutive top-five finish.