- New graduate students this fall at The University of Southern
Mississippi's Department of Marine Science will be the first to
benefit from a modern 17,335-square-foot laboratory building at
the Stennis Space Center.
students seeking a master's or doctoral degree in marine science
at Stennis will begin attending classes and labs in the George A.
Knauer Marine Science Building following its dedication in October.
come a long way from the early days when the Center for Marine Science
was first established here in trailers and borrowed laboratory space,"
said Dr. Denis Wiesenburg, chair of the Department of Marine Science.
The new facility will own the distinction of being the first building
constructed solely for higher education at the space center.
and a multimedia-enhanced classroom will allow students and researchers
to pursue pioneering research in diverse areas of marine science.
In addition to biological and geological oceanography labs, there
will be specially designed marine chemistry labs with a clean room
to accommodate the department's high resolution inductively coupled
plasma mass spectrometer, used for analyzing trace chemicals.
faculty, as well as the superior networking opportunities available
through Stennis Space Center, have attracted students to our program
from as close as Lucedale and as far away as Norway," Wiesenburg
Roth is an officer in the Royal Norwegian Navy who chose the Southern
Miss program for its growing reputation with leading oceanographic
that brought me to the marine science program was actually that
my superiors had a meeting [about it] in NATO," Roth said.
"They started to discuss the possibility for me to come to
the United States for a Ph.D. with people from the Naval Research
Laboratory, and they recommended USM since it was close to both
the Naval Research Laboratory and the U.S. Naval Oceanographic Office."
to share his knowledge when he returns to Norway.
be teaching physical oceanography and meteorology at the Naval Academy,
working on projects, maybe as a project adviser, together with the
Norwegian Institute of Marine Research, the meteorology institute
and the Norwegian defense research establishment."
candidate selected the marine science program at Southern Miss for
its wide-ranging work in cutting-edge disciplines.
to pursue my degree at USM because it is the only one in the world
with a research emphasis in Airborne Coastal Mapping and Charting,"
said Jennifer Wozencraft of Lucedale, Miss., a new student in the
Department of Marine Science and an employee of the U.S. Army Corps
in marine science - with a focus on hydrography, airborne mapping
technologies, and sensor fusion - will prepare me to advance the
sensor fusion and airborne coastal mapping program of the U.S. Army
Corps of Engineers," Wozencraft said.
of Conway, S.C., began classes Aug. 18, working toward a master's
degree in physical marine science.
to pursue a graduate degree in marine science because I enjoyed
my undergrad experience and wanted to further my involvement and
understanding of the ocean," she said.
the networking opportunities available at the space center swayed
her decision to enter the Southern Miss marine science program.
of USM's marine science department was very important to me,"
Finnegan said. "Because Stennis is known to have a large amount
of marine science-oriented research and opportunities available,
I was drawn to it. It seemed like the ideal location to continue
to work on my degree."
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. The department offers
both master's and doctoral degrees in marine science and a master's
degree in hydrographic science.