School of Applied Sciences

The University of Mississippi

Applied Sciences Honors Student of the Month

Posted on November 15th, 2017 by staff

OXFORD, Miss. –The School of Applied Sciences recently announced Chelsey Gilliam of Potts Camp as Graduate Student of the Month and Kurt Pollack of Radnor, Pennsylvania as Undergraduate Student of the Month for October 2017.

Gilliam is a second-year graduate student pursuing a Master of Criminal Justice. After completing her associate degree at Northwest Mississippi Community College, Gilliam earned her Bachelor of Science in criminal justice at the University of Mississippi.

Gilliam is a graduate assistant in the Department of Legal Studies where she is helping increase accountability and retention among undergraduate students students.

“After only a one-day training in degree audit, Chelsey took on a dynamic role in advising sessions,” said Crystal Dunn, coordinator of advising, recruitment and retention. “She is very thorough and takes initiative each day as we interact with our students. Chelsey is truly the ideal graduate assistant for any professional adviser who needs to be 100 percent efficient and effective in a setting such a group advising.”

Gilliam’s fondest memories are from her internship with the University Police Department.

She is looking forward to learning about her future with the Federal Bureau of Investigation after graduation, as she’s recently made application as an entry-level FBI agent.

Pollack is completing his senior year in nutrition and dietetics. He’s applied to continue his studies at UM in the food and nutrition services master’s program. He hopes to pursue the coordinated program in dietetics to become a registered dietician.

“I had Kurt this past spring in my experimental food course. He had an incredibly infectious desire to learn and was always asking questions in class,” said Georgianna Mann, assistant professor of nutrition and hospitality management. “Since then he has been working with me on his own accord, assisting with an interdisciplinary research project in marketing. I have been repeatedly impressed with the work he accomplishes and his genuine interest in learning simply for the sake of gaining knowledge.”

Pollack’s fondest memories include the department’s medical nutrition therapy series and cooking in Lenoir Dining.

“I enjoyed it so much because I took it during the summer. I was there five days a week running a restaurant,” said Pollack.

The School of Applied Sciences calls for nominations by faculty and staff throughout the school to recognize students for extraordinary scholarship, leadership and service. Nominations should be e-mailed, along with a nomination form, by the 5th of each month to For more information about the School of Applied Sciences, visit