Jenkins of Florence receives multiple awards at regional competition

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Jenkins' Original Product Design entry receiving a Gold.

Mississippi State University (MSU) interior design students recently received thirty-one of fifty-four possible awards in the 2020 American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) South Central Chapter Student Work Competition. Originally scheduled to be held in New Orleans this past spring, the society’s annual summit was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and the student awards were announced via email and video.

MSU Interior Design Program Director and Professor Beth Miller, Ph.D., credits her students’ success to the exposure of a wide range of project types and to the faculty’s guidance and design experience in their respective fields. MSU’s interior design program also offers furniture design, numerous computer technology courses, hand rendering and lighting courses that many other universities do not include in their curricula.

“I am so proud that interior design students took the initiative, even in the throes of the pandemic, to enter their student projects into the competition. Most of the student winners were underclassmen—juniors and sophomores—so our program’s future is bright,” Miller said. “MSU’s interior design program continues to dominate the competition, and we are thankful that the tradition continues even during these difficult times. We maintain the reputation that student work from MSU is high quality and competitive.”

Jenkins' entry in Hospitality received a Gold.

The ASID student competition drew representatives from higher education institutions throughout Mississippi, Louisiana and Arkansas.

Among the 2020 MSU winners was senior, and Florence resident, Katelyn M. Jenkins, who received a gold in hospitality, original product design and hand rendering; and silver in hospitality.

MSU winning entries can be viewed at

Accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation and National Association of Schools of Art and Design, MSU’s interior design program is part of the College of Architecture, Art and Design. Its curriculum provides a broad background in interior elements, materials, sources and practical experiences. For more, visit and on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @CAADatMSU.

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