Three faculty, two staff honored by MSU for public affairs work

Three faculty members and two staff members at Missouri State University were singled out for their work in public affairs.

They were honored with the 2022 Board of Governors Award for Excellence in Public Affairs, which is a cornerstone of the university.

Each winner receives a $1,500 grant for research, travel or projects related to their public affairs activities. The honorees include:

Diana Piccolo

Piccolo, professor of childhood education and family studies, has focused on improving the public education system for its students.

In the past decade, Piccolo has worked on mathematics education with more than 50 districts.

She secured $1.5 million in external funding from the Missouri Department of Higher Education to support the teaching of mathematics in middle and high schools. She also received a $4 million grant that supports career outcomes in STEM.

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