Dolphin Studies in Honduras

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6-16 March 2014

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

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


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


  • BSC 504 (2 hours)/BSC 504 Lab (2 hours) -OR-
  • PSY 544 (3 hours)/PSY 691 (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 for15 students maximum. Applications are processed on a first come, first served basis. 


$3599* undergraduate/$3799* graduate

Less than full-time cost: $3999 undergraduate/$4199 graduate.

Cost includes round-trip airfare, international student identity card, tuition, fees, lodging, ground transportation, and some dives.

*This cost is based on a student enrolled full-time at The University of Southern Mississippi in the spring 2014 semester. Any applicants not meeting this requirement would incur an additional tuition cost - see cost listed above. Contact International Programs for assistance.

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 Frances Sudduth at the International Programs Office before requesting a Study Abroad Financial Aid Application from the university's Financial Aid Office.

Application and Payment Deadliness

Completed online application, with $250 deposit, are due by 6 January 2014. Balance of fees, less deposit, is due no later than 13 January 2014.

Cancellations and Refunds

Except in cases of academic ineligibility or course cancellation, deposits are non-refundable. Fees, exclusive of deposit, are refundable if written notification is received prior to 13 January 2014. Thereafter, no refunds will be available. The International Programs Office should be notified, in writing, of all cancellations. 

Program Director Information

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