2013 Graduate Student Symposium
April 5-7, 2013
Symposium Update - A Success!
The 2013 Graduate Student Symposium, hosted at GCRL this year, was a great success, with 33 oral presentations, four poster presentations and 71 students in attendance. The annual event is sponsored by the Marine and Estuarine Graduate Student Association (MEGSA) at GCRL, the Graduate Student Group from the Dauphin Island Sea Laboratory (DISL), and the Coast and Environment Graduate Organization from Louisiana State University.
Check-in began on Friday afternoon and lead into a welcome cookout on East Beach, adjacent to the lab, with beverages provided by Crooked Letter Brewing Company of Ocean Springs. The gnats attempted to break up the party, but a good time was had by all despite them. Saturday began early with breakfast and opening remarks followed by the keynote address by Dr. Wolfgang K. Vogelbein. His address was titled "Pfiesteria: 'The Cell from Hell' or Laboratory Artifact? A Retrospective Look."(Note: Pfiesteria are a genus of tiny dinoflagellates. In conjunction with harmful algal blooms or HABs, they have been associated with fish kills along the coasts of North Carolina and Virginia.)
Oral presentations followed throughout the day and a poster session wrapped up the formal portion of the symposium. Participants were then treated to a social and awards ceremony at the Treasure Oaks Country Club. Dinner was boiled crawfish with locally brewed libations provided by Lazy Magnolia Brewing Company of Kiln and Lucky town Brewing Company of Jackson. The group was entertained by GCRL Marine Invertebrate Research Associate Jerry McLelland and his band, the Hound City Ramblers. The award presentation concluded the evening. Chris Manley, from GCRL, won the Student’s Choice award. Whitney Scheffel from DISL won the award for best poster and Andrea Kroetz from DISL was honored for the best student presentation.
Symposium Program and Abstracts
- The Marine and Estuarine Graduate Student Association,
Gulf Coast Research Laboratory, The University of Southern Mississippi
- The Graduate Student Group, Dauphin Island Sea Laboratory, The University of South Alabama
- Coast and Environment Graduate Organization, Louisiana State University
You are invited to attend a fun-filled, research-oriented, and affordable symposium at The University of Southern Mississippi’s Gulf Coast Research Laboratory in Ocean Springs, Mississippi. This symposium provides a forum for students to present their research in a formal but non-threatening environment and to network with students and faculty from across the region. All university students and faculty in aquatic, marine and biological sciences are invited to attend and all graduate students are encouraged to present. Awards will be given for best oral presentations and oral presenters will receive feedback. We have an exciting program lined up with Dr. Wolfgang Vogelbein, Professor of Marine Science at the Virginia Institute of marine Science, as our keynote speaker.
The Friday night welcome and registration session and cookout will be held on the beach adjacent to the Lab on East Beach Drive. All presentations will be given on Saturday. Continental breakfasts on Saturday and Sunday are included in dormitory fees; breakfast is also available to those not staying in the dorms for a small fee. A poster session will be held on Saturday afternoon. Lunch on Saturday will be available. A banquet will be held Saturday evening at a location to be determined.
Presentations and posters are limited to students only, but everyone is invited to attend. If you need airport transportation or hotel information, please contact Michael Andres, Luca Antoni, or Chris Manley.