Southern Miss officially renames Center for Undergraduate Research

HATTIESBURG, Miss. - The University of Southern Mississippi held a special ceremony Wednesday to rename the Center for Undergraduate Research as the "Drapeau Center for Undergraduate Research."

The center is named in honor of Donald Drapeau, who came to USM in 1959 and ultimately earned a Bachelor of Science in history.

He went on to receive a master’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania, a Fulbright Grant for a yearlong study in Belgium and a Kress Fellowship at Harvard Business School in Boston.

Mr. Drapeau is the founder and chief executive officer of Man-Drapeau Research, Pte., Ltd. as well as the founder of Drapeau and Company. Mr. Drapeau is a passionate advocate for undergraduate students at The University of Southern Mississippi.

"The University is increasingly apart of the Undergraduate world, its crucially important for Mississippi to be turning out world qualifying people" said Drapeau.

He enjoys opportunities to foster their initiative, lifelong commitment to education and personal growth.

His vision for a celebration of undergraduate research has shaped the lives of countless students.

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