Mary Beck

Welcome to the website for the Department of Poultry Science at Mississippi State University

The Department of Poultry Science at Mississippi State University is one of six poultry science degree granting departments remaining in the United States. Our research programs and teaching curriculum mirror current industry practices. The department supports Mississippi's largest commodity, which has provided 100% placement of our graduates since the first Poultry Science degree was awarded in 1948.


The mission of the Department of Poultry Science is to provide students and stakeholders the most up-to-date and accurate information in a timely manner to allow for their personal and commercial success in a competitive environment.


Mississippi State University is physically located adjacent to the city of Starkville, Mississippi in the northeastern section of the state.

Our beautiful award-winning campus is home to over 20,000 students and is 23 miles west of Columbus and 125 miles northeast of the capital city of Jackson. Designated as a Doctoral I university by the Southern Regional Education Board, Mississippi State University is fully accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.


The Hill Poultry Science Building is the only building on the Mississippi State University campus that was built with funds provided by the National Science Foundation (NSF).

In the 1960's, Dr. Bruce Glick, an eminent immunologist and faculty member in the department, served with the National Science Foundation's Facility Grant Program. This program provided funding for buildings dedicated to basic science. Funding was dependent upon convincing NSF that a strong basic science research program existed in the department. Evidence had to include active research grants (including federally sponsored grants) and a record of research publications with graduate student involvement. In addition, teaching of basic science courses was an important aspect of funding.

There was strong competition for this funding from many institutions across the U.S. Examples of successful applications include a chemistry building at the University of Missouri, a physiology related building at the University of Michigan, a medical physiology facility at Michigan State University, a nutrition facility at North Carolina State University, and this building at Mississippi State University.

All of the faculty in the Poultry Science Department became involved in preparing the funding proposal. Dr. Glick and Dr. Elbert Day provided major strengths with their records of grants, publications and strong graduate student involvement. Dr. Charles Thomas taught basic genetics courses and Dr. Glick taught basic courses in immunology and physiology. Professors Lester Dressen and Ben Dilworth, along with department head, James E. "Red" Hill, completed the team.

The efforts of this faculty were successful. The building was built and occupied in 1967. It continues as the primary site of all educational and research programs of the Poultry Science Department at Mississippi State University. Two classrooms are used for teaching all poultry courses. The Hill Poultry Science Building also houses the Mississippi Poultry Hall of Fame with portraits of the twenty-one poultry industry honorees.

More Information

For more information, or to schedule a personal campus visit, please Contact Us.

Mailing Address:

Poultry Science Department
Mail Stop 9665
Mississippi State, MS 39762

Physical Address:

Poultry Science Department
46 Old Bully
Mississippi State, MS 39762