Student Funding Opportunities in the Department of Coastal Sciences
Ph.D. Graduate Assistantship - Marine Botany
The Department of Coastal Sciences at the University of Southern Mississippi is requesting applications from highly qualified students for its PhD program in coastal ecosystems with a focus in marine botany. The Department of Coastal Sciences is located at the Gulf Coast Research Laboratory (http://www.usm.edu/gcrl) in Ocean Springs, Mississippi on the Gulf of Mexico. Our research activities center around the propagation and germination of a variety of seagrass and saltmarsh species in the Gulf of Mexico region. Plants will be used for local coastal restoration projects planned by state and federal agencies as part of Hurricane Katrina recovery activities. Research projects could include aspects of plant reproduction and early life-history, photo-physiology using PAM fluorescence, and/or genetic analyses of population variability. Current research projects can be viewed at: http://www.usm.edu/gcrl/ceg/faculty.php
Successful applicants will be provided a full-time Research Assistantship with a tuition waiver. Candidates should possess a relevant BS degree with experience or MS when applying for the PhD program. The position is available January 2008.
Interested individuals should contact:
Dr. Patrick Biber
Assistant Professor, Marine Botany
(228) 872 4260
Lytle Coastal Sciences Scholarship
In 1999, Drs. Tom and Julia Lytle established this scholarship for graduate student professional development. The Lytle Scholarship of $500 is awarded each year to a graduate student in good standing in the Department of Coastal Sciences. The scholarship is awarded to a graduate student who best demonstrates his or her commitment to academic and career goals in coastal sciences. The funds are designed to enhance the student's professional development. Recipients have used the award to offset expenses associated with attending scientific meetings, obtaining specialized training and personal library development.