Marine & Estuarine Graduate Student Association
What is MEGSA?
MEGSA (The Marine and Estuarine Graduate Student Association) is the graduate student organization of the Gulf Coast Research Laboratory, The University of Southern Mississippi. Membership in this organization is open to any full or part-time Graduate Student regularly enrolled in The University of Southern Mississippi in the Departments of Biological Sciences, Marine Science, or Coastal Sciences and in residence at the Gulf Coast Research Laboratory or the Marine Education Center.
The objectives of MEGSA are to provide a forum for professional and social fellowship, exchange of ideas in marine science research, and participation in community service projects and related volunteer work.
What Does MEGSA Do?
Since its creation in 1997, MEGSA has provided an organizational, professional and social forum for graduate students residing at the Gulf Coast Research Laboratory. MEGSA organizes three annual events: a scientific graduate student meeting co-sponsored by graduate students of Dauphin Island Sea Lab and LSU, and the Jim Franks Merry Fishmas Fun Run.
MEGSA also participates in community activities organized by institutions such as Gulf Islands National Seashore and the local YMCA. MEGSA has participated in the creation and maintenance of a graduate student computer lab, and the acquisition of a Polaroid ProPalette 7000 Slide Maker for GCRL.
MEGSA works closely with the Coastal Conservation Association Mississippi, participating in Casting for Conservation, Horn Island Chapter Annual Banquet, the Saltwater Sportsman National Seminar Series, and other events.
GCRL Graduate Student Symposium