Dolphin Studies in Honduras

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May 21 - June 4, 2016

The Program

Join Dr. Stan Kuczaj, Director of the Marine Mammal Behavior and Cognition Laboratory at The University of Southern Mississippi, and participate in studies of dolphin communication and social interaction at the Roatan Institute of Marine Studies.

Academic Credit and Course Registration

USM students need to register themselves as soon as summer registration is available. Your personalized course registration code will be sent to you via email. Non-USM students will be registered by your program coordinator as soon as summer registration becomes available. Click here for more information on course registration.

Students will earn four (4) credit hours for participation in one of the following courses:


  • BSC 404CA (2 hours)/BSC 404CA Lab (2 hours) -OR-
  • PSY 444CA (3 hours)/PSY 492CA (1 hour)


  • BSC 504CA (2 hours)/BSC 504CA Lab (2 hours) -OR-
  • PSY 544CA (3 hours)/PSY 691CA (1 hour)


Minimum program eligibility requirements include the completion of at least 28 semester hours with an overall 2.0 GPA for undergraduates (or consent of the program director) and graduate standing for graduate students. All students must be in clear academic standing. Final authority over enrollment rests with the Director of International Programs and the Dolphin Studies Director.

NOTE: Space available for 14 students maximum. Applications are processed on a first come, first served basis. 


$5,700 undergraduate and $5,900 graduate
Cost includes flight, on-site program transportation, tuition, fees, mandatory travel insurance, room and board.

Financial Aid

The Dolphin Studies in Honduras Program qualifies for financial aid in the form of guaranteed student loans, Pell Grants, or applicable graduate assistantships. Southern Miss students requiring financial aid should contact the International Programs Office.

Application and Payment Deadliness

Completed online application, with $250 deposit, are due by March 4, 2016. Program deposits should be paid to the Office of International Programs. Balance of fees, less deposit, or appropriate proof of financial aid is due by March 18, 2016. The balance of fees should be paid directly to the USM Business Office. Click here for more details on the payment process.

Program Cancellation

Except in cases of academic ineligibility or course cancellation, program deposits are non-refundable. Once you have applied to a particular program, paid your deposit, and been accepted to participate, the Office of International Programs will begin paying fees on your behalf. If you cancel your participation on a program after fees have been paid out on your behalf, those fees will be billed to your student account.  If you must cancel, log in to your program application and withdraw. In addition, send written notice to The Office of International Programs.

Program Director Information

Dr. Stan Kuczaj, Director
Marine Mammal Behavior and Cognition Laboratory
Phone: 601.266.4179

Program Coordinator Information

Celine Ingram
Office of International Programs