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Renee Clary (Photo submitted)

STARKVILLE, Miss.—Mississippi State Geology Professor Renee Clary is honored this week as a new Fellow of the Mississippi Academy of Sciences.

Clary, who is also director of the university’s Dunn-Seiler Museum, is set to be inducted at the MAS’s 86th Annual Meeting March 30-April 1 at the Mississippi Coast Convention Center in Biloxi.

Raja Reddy, MAS President and Fellow, Research Professor of Agronomy in MSU’s Department of Plant and Soil Sciences, said of Clary’s latest accolade, “Wearing the letters FMAS indicates respect to the national scale for understanding professional issues and achievements as a scientist. Renee will not only contribute to the Fellows’ mission, but will help make recommendations on the future direction of the academy.

Clary, a former recipient of the MAS Award for Outstanding Contributions to Science, holds Fellow status with the Geological Societies of America and London, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. In 2017, the GSA named her the recipient of the organization’s Gerald M. and Sue T. Friedman Award.

“As I reflect on the research and accomplishments of my scientific and engineering colleagues at MSU and beyond, I am truly honored to be recognized with this honor,” said the university’s 16-year-old faculty member. years. “Being a member of the Mississippi Academy of Sciences is a testament to the support I have received within the Department of Geosciences, the College of Arts and Sciences, and this university. MSU’s resources and collegiality truly foster productive environments for scientific research and professional service.

Portrait of David Shaw
David Shaw (Photo by Megan Bean)

In her research, Clary works to optimize science learning in traditional, online and informal settings. She is Co-Principal Investigator/STEM Director of the leaderSTATE STEM program, a series of week-long MSU summer camps involving more than 300 JROTC high school students immersed in geoscience, leadership, and fitness learning. She also directs the university’s 15 degree lab and the EarthScholars research group, and is a co-founder of the GeoViz lab.

Currently, Clary is National President of the History of Earth Sciences Society and Past President of the Geological Society of American History and Philosophy Division. She is the author of over 100 peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters, and has presented over 300 peer-reviewed research presentations on five continents.

MSU Provost and Executive Vice President David Shaw will also be a guest speaker for the Dodgen Conference at the Annual Meeting, presenting “The Pernicious Nature of Global Food Security and Sustainability Challenges.” To learn more, visit

To learn more about MSU’s Department of Geosciences or the university’s College of Arts and Sciences, visit and

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