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Student Oceanographic Society

S.O.S. was formed at the John C. Stennis Space Center in 1992 by a group of marine science graduate students from The University of Southern Mississippi Department of Marine Science. The group was formed to provide academic and networking assistance to marine science graduate students and to offer a means for the student body to voice any concerns they may have directly to the faculty. The latter is accomplished via a faculty advisor. The current S.O.S. faculty advisor is Dr. Davin Wallace. Membership is open to all part-time and full-time students enrolled in the department of marine science.

S.O.S. is a network of students with a passion for Marine Science, and it is a valuable resource to both new and established students. Here are just a few areas in which S.O.S. can offer assistance:

  • Social networking
  • Help with Homework
  • Rides to and from Stennis, housing accommodation upon arrival
  • Proofreaders for papers and presentation
  • Organize mock qualifying exams

S.O.S. encourages participation in a number of community and departmental based events including:

  • Department social events - Annual May crawfish boil, Fall semester beach bonfire, and Halloween party 
  • Science fair judging at Nicholson Elementary School in Picayune, MS

Join our Facebook page to follow recent news, upcoming events and previous activities. If you are interested in joining us don’t hesitate to contact any of the officers.

 

SOS Officers

 Franklin Williams

President:
Franklin Williams

Email: 
franklin.williams@eagles.usm.edu
Program: Geological Oceanography
Advisor: Dr. Charlotte Brunner
Present Studies: The effects of an active fault on the stratigraphy of a Holocene trangressive barrier island in Spring Bayou, East Matagorda Bay, Texas
Duties: Reporting between the faculty and students, and organizaing SOS events.

 Courage Klutse

President-Elect:
Courage Klutse

Email:
courage.klutse@eagles.usm.edu
Program Advisor: Dr. Scott Milroy
Emphasis: Biological Oceanography
Research: 
Utilizing food web modeling for ecosystem management approach in the Northern Gulf of Mexico
Duties: Reporting between the faculty and students, and organizaing SOS events.

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Vice-President:
Tommie Pittman

Email: tommie.pittman@eagles.usm.edu
Program Advisor: Dr. Don Redalje
Emphasis: Biological Oceanography
Research: utilizing food web modeling for ecosystem management approach in the Northern Gulf of Mexico
Duties: Assist the SOS President and act as public relations coordinator for the organization.

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Vice-President-Elect:
Naomi Yoder

Email:
naomi.yoder@eagles.usm.edu
Program Advisor: Dr. Monty Graham
Emphasis: Biological Oceanography
Duties: Assist the SOS President and act as public relations coordinator for the organization.

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Secretary:
Joseph Maldandro

Email: joseph.malandro@eagles.usm.edu
Program Advisor: Dr. Don Redalje
Emphasis: Biological Oceanography
Duties: Recording meeting minutes and managing internal correspondence

 Eve Eismann

Secretary-Elect:
Eve Eismann

Email:
eve.eisemann@eagles.usm.edu
Program Advisor: Dr. Davin Wallace
Emphasis: Geological Oceanography

Research: Coastal response to Holocene sea-level rise and storm impacts
Duties: Recording meeting minutes and managing internal correspondence

 stephan.obrien

Treasurer:
Stephan O'Brien

Email: 
stephan.obrien@eagles.usm.edu
Program
: Ph.D. Physical Oceanography
Advisor: Dr. Jerry Wiggert
Present Studies: Analysis and integration of digital elevation models along the Alabama and Mississippi coastline
Duties: Collecting donations, book keeping and making expenditures on behalf of SOS.

 

 Treasurer-elect:
 David Maggio

Email:
david.maggio@eagles.usm.edu
Program
: M.S. in Hydrographic Science
Advisor: Mr. Max van Norden
Duties: Collecting donations, book keeping and making expenditures on behalf of SOS.