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Mechatronics engineering has become one of the newest and hottest MTSU programs in two years’ time. Now, it just got hotter.

A three-year, $614,172 grant from the National Science Foundation to MTSU for scholarships will help mechatronics engineering expand even faster.

The focus of this award is to increase numbers, diversity, retention and graduation rates of students graduating from MTSU with a mechatronics engineering degree.

Professional interior designers-in-training at MTSU are ready to display what they’ve learned about creating viable work and living spaces.  

The 2015 Interior Design Student Showcase, presented by the MTSU student chapter of the American Society of Interior Designers, is slated for 6-8 p.m. Saturday, March 28, in the McWherter Learning Resources Center. This event is free and open to the public. For a campus parking map, go to http://tinyurl.com/MTSUParking14-15.

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MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --   Tennessee may never be considered progressive, but it turns out that Murfreesboro is a place where women can find a surprisingly high level of equality, at least where work life is concerned.

The personal finance website Nerdwallet.com decided to rate the nation’s cities for workplace equality and Murfreesboro clocked in at fourth in the medium sized cities category.

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MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  You might be surprised to learn that the Tennessee Department of Agriculture has its own police force. It’s a small contingent of nine criminal investigators that handle cases of cattle rustling and other farm related crimes.

Ag Investigators also monitor the movement of livestock, something that impacts every Tennessean, even those who’ve never stepped foot on a farm.

 Ben Black could have spent spring break relaxing in Panama City Beach, Florida.

Instead, the Middle Tennessee State University senior criminal justice major chose to spend it bonding with five older men driving 1,850 miles halfway across the country on waste chicken fat and used cooking oil from university dining facilities.

In what he calls the trip of a lifetime, Black, 21, said driving across the country was an awesome experience and it included driving a 100-mile portion after midnight March 9.

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