OCEAN SPRINGS - College
students, precollege teachers and nature enthusiasts are invited
to explore the northern Gulf of Mexico through courses at The University
of Southern Mississippi's Gulf Coast Research Laboratory this summer.
Registration opens Monday, Jan. 3, for the Laboratory's
summer field program, Dr. Jeffrey Lotz, chair of the Southern Miss
Department of Coastal Sciences, announced today. The GCRL field
program, coordinated by the department, emphasizes hands-on experiences
in local coastal and marine environments in addition to time in
the laboratory and the classroom.
Participants' explorations range from observation
of the largest of whales inhabiting the Gulf to learning about and
using the sampling gear and techniques for scientific study. Students
may also choose to conduct individualized study and research under
the direction of faculty at the Lab.
Courses are offered in three sessions, a May 16-27
May Mester, the May 31-June 28 first term and the June 29-July 29.
The 2005 lineup also includes four mini-courses designed for teachers
of kindergarten through 12th grade that last one-week and carry
two semester hours credit each.
Students may earn more than 12 semester hours in a
summer. Credit earned is transferred to students' home institutions.
GCRL Summer Field Program Coordinator Dawne Hard noted
that each year some individuals are interested in learning more
about the coastal environment but are not interested in college
credit. She said individuals auditing a course are not required
to take tests and do not receive college credit. They are, however,
responsible for completing the registration process, including tuition
and other fees.
For information, contact Dawne Hard at (228) 872-4223
or visit www.usm.edu/gcrl/.
The Gulf Coast Research Laboratory is part of The
University of Southern Mississippi College of Science and Technology.