Laure Bell serves as a Project Coordinator at Mississippi State University’s Social Science Research Center. She began working at the SSRC in 2012 as a researcher and later transitioned to the role of Project Coordinator for various projects that mostly center around research in the areas of early childhood, particularly at the intersection of health and education. Laure particularly contributes to projects by assisting with communication and promotional activities, grant submissions, project designs, writing, editing, compiling project reports, and qualitative research. She manages media outreach, social media, websites, and communications for multiple projects. Her current projects include: the Mississippi Data Project, funded by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation; the Vroom Expansion project, funded by the Bezos Family Foundation; and the Mississippi Consumer Education Interactive Resource Maps project, funded by MDHS. Past projects have included: the Child Health and Development Project - Mississippi Thrive, which was a five year collaboration of the SSRC with the University of Mississippi Medical Center’s Center for the Advancement of Youth and funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration; the Mississippi KIDS COUNT project, which was funded by the Children’s Foundation of Mississippi; the EMPOWR Program (Empowering Mentors to Promote Women’s Retention), funded by the Women’s Foundation of Mississippi; the Children’s Foundation of Mississippi planning grant project (served as principal investigator), funded by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation; Project Fit America Evaluation, funded through Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi Foundation; and others. Laure holds a B.A. in English from the University of West Georgia with a minor in art.
Bell's work is supported in part by MAFES.