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Deadline to apply is April 15!

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Summer College for High School Students
E.F. Yerby Conference Center
1 Grove Loop
The University of Mississippi
P.O. Box 1848
University, MS 38677

Phone: 662-915-7621
Fax: 662-915-1535



Heads in the Game:
A Concussion Research Program

May 29 - June 27


Ole Miss Athletics and The University of Mississippi Department of Electrical Engineering and Division of Outreach are excited to offer rising 11th and 12th grade students the opportunity to participate in a first-of-its-kind program researching innovative STEM approaches to care and training for all intercollegiate athletes. All fees for the program will be covered by a scholarship generously provided by X2 Biosystems. Dr. Matthew Morrison, Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering, will direct the research. For rising juniors and seniors who love science and math AND who love sports, the Heads in the Game Concussion Research Program is the perfect storm.

Head impacts and concussions caused by contact sports are a quickly growing epidemic among young male and female athletes. The Center for Disease Control estimates that 3.8 million sports brain injuries occur annually. An overwhelming majority of these injuries go unmanaged due to a lack of real-time injury reporting. This points to an immediate need to implement on-field monitoring and increase research on the impact of concussions on young athletes.

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In conjunction with the Ole Miss Athletics Center for Health and Sports Performance, Dr. Morrison began addressing this important issue by using X2 Biosystems impact sensors and ICE software during UM spring football practices to document collision data. During the Grove Bowl spring football scrimmage last month, players and athletic trainers gathered enough information from immediate readings to implement in-game techniques to ward off potentially damaging hits to the head. This program will help to extend the research to provide improved quality of care to all student athletes, as well as to provide area high school students a chance to improve their own skill sets and resumes.

As participants in this program:

  • Students will work with the Center for Health and Sports Performance within Ole Miss Athletics to gain college-level research-methods experience that will be invaluable in future endeavors and impressive on college applications.
  • Students will be trained to use X2 Biosystems innovative concussion detection software, utilized by Ole Miss, the NFL, NHL, and Major League Soccer for their Return-to-Play protocols.
  • Students will also help to set up and test equipment in Vaught-Hemingway Stadium that athletic staff can use in the future to monitor impact readings in real time from football players wearing X2 devices on the field. Upon completion of this project, The University of Mississippi will have the first athletic stadium in the world outfitted specifically for wireless transmission of in-game athlete collision data. The long-term vision is to outfit all stadiums on-campus whose sports have high concussive risks, e.g. women's soccer, women's volleyball, men's and women's basketball, etc.
  • When not in the lab, students will be part of the Summer College for High School Students Program (SCHS)* coordinated by the Office of Pre-College Programs in the University's Division of Outreach. Program participants will be housed in the Luckyday Residential College on the Oxford campus with other rising juniors and seniors. On evening and weekends students will have the opportunity to participate in extra-curricular activities with the SCHS students.
    * Students accepted through SCHS retain full NCAA eligibility.

Because we expect this multi-disciplinary program to be highly competitive, we encourage students to apply as soon as possible. Students must have a 3.0 GPA in math and science and at least a 25 on the math and science sections of the ACT. The application deadline is April 15th. The application can be found here. Students from Mississippi, Tennessee, Alabama, Louisiana, and Arkansas are encouraged to apply. After a student's completed online application is received, s/he will be asked to send a high school transcript and current class schedule to Dr. Morrison for consideration.


X2 Biosystems
Electrical Engineering
Health and sports Performance


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