- The hydrographic science program at The University of Southern
Mississippi's Stennis Space Center site continues to break new ground.
A more diverse
student population continues to be drawn to the acclaimed hydrographic
science master's program as a mixture of students from the military,
foreign militaries, government agencies, and the private sector
gather for the start of classes on Aug. 18.
Canada, Turkey and Mexico will join students from various organizations
within the United States to begin the intensive one-year master's
degree program in hydrography - the science of charting seas, lakes,
rivers, and other bodies of water.
of 2004 will present an exciting mix of students with varying degrees
of expertise in the field," said David Dodd, coordinator of
the hydrographic science program at Southern Miss.
The class of
2004 also marks the admission of the first students to enter the
program without a sponsoring organization. One American and two
Canadians plan to enter the program to pursue a career in hydrography.
an Alaska native, is excited to join the hydrographic science class
in hydrography comes from a lifelong fascination with explorers
and their scientific work," Wright said. "I have also
been following advances in the science and technology of hydrography
over the last 10 years, and it appears to be one of the fastest
emerging fields in marine science."
the location of the Southern Miss hydrography program at Stennis
Space Center offers valuable networking options should he choose
a career in government or private industry.
students available for hire at the conclusion of the program will
be welcome news to the hydrographic industry," Dodd said. Numerous
commercial and governmental entities engaged in hydrographic surveying
have contacted Dodd during the four years since the program's inception
requesting an opportunity to recruit Southern Miss students.
opportunity to recruit students from a Category-A certified hydrographic
program will be available," he said.
support of major governmental organizations and private industry
has certainly been a key to the program's growth, said Dr. David
Wells, professor of hydrographic science with the program.
and foreign employers and government agencies have recognized the
value of the Southern Miss program and have been willing to make
the investment of personnel and resources to enhance their expertise,"
coursework, hydrography students also have an opportunity to participate
in ongoing hydrographic research at the university's Hydrographic
Science Research Center, also located at Stennis.
The first hydrographic
science class graduated from the Southern Miss hydrographic science
program in August 2000. The fourth and most recent class graduated
Aug. 1, bringing the total of Southern Miss students to graduate
with the master of science degree in hydrographic science to 45.
Miss Department of Marine Science is strategically located at Stennis
Space Center in Hancock County, Miss., home to the world's largest
population of oceanographers and hydrographers.
offers both master's and doctoral degrees in marine science and
a master's degree in hydrographic science.