Honors for Two Black Educators in Mississippi

vaughnMary L. Vaughn, assistant director of assessment and testing services at Mississippi State University in Starkville, is being honored with the 2013 Service Recognition Award from the National College Testing Association. The association has 1,900 members at more than 650 institutions.

Vaughn holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Mississippi State University and is completing work on a doctorate in technology education at the university.

TchounwouPaul Tchounwou, presidential distinguished professor at Jackson State University in Mississippi, has been selected to receive the 2013 Mentor Award from the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He will be honored at the group’s annual convention in Chicago in February. The award recognizes extraordinary leadership in increasing the participation of underrepresented groups in science and engineering fields and careers.

Dr. Tchounwou has been on the Jackson State faculty since 1996. He holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Yaounde in Cameroon. He earned a master of public health degree and a doctorate in environmental toxicology from the Tulane University Medical Center in New Orleans.


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  1. Congratulations Dr. Tchounwou, one of Jackson State University’s finest!

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