The mission of MMRI remains to provide the public and private sectors the expertise needed to make responsible decisions regarding Mississippi’s and the nation’s natural resources and
environmental well-being. This is accomplished by conducting research that is relevant to society and educating future geoscientists and engineers.
The goals of the MMRI are to:
• promote mineral resource and related environmental research and education within the state and around the world,
• provide academic background and practical expertise to interested agencies of industry, academia, and government,
• promote the transfer of technology between academia, industry, and government
• ensure that future scientists and engineers receive appropriate training by providing educational opportunities, work experience, and financial support in academic fields complementary to the goals of the Institute.
The MMRI seeks to meet these goals by pursuing research projects that address contemporary issues, providing educational and practical training to college students who work on these projects, publishing research results and providing data to interested parties in industry, government and academia, and by engaging in community service activities. The institute is supported by a combination of state funds and external grants and contracts.