USM Grant

The Polymer Science Department at the University of Southern Mississippi is receiving a special grant to continue its technology development.

University President Dr. Shelby Thames said the department was approved for a more than $10 million grant from the national science foundation.

USM recently developed an environmentally-safe brand of paint, which is also odorless. The product is now being used at the pentagon.

"This is not a cheap and low performance product," said Dr. Thames. "It's a high performance product although the cost is comparable with that of other products on the market."

The paint is being distributed through Southern Diversified Products of Hattiesburg.