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Beyond the Classroom

Beyond the Classroom

At Southern Miss, our dedicated faculty and advisors are here to support you in making the most of your time on campus. We understand that you have a diverse range of interests, and our goal is to empower you to delve into them, learn, thrive, and make the most out of your university journey.  

Pursue Your Ideas

Now is a good time to start pursuing your goals! Reach out to a trusted faculty member or your advisor to get started.

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Whether it's conducting research, unleashing your creativity, or sharing your unique perspectives, we provide the resources and guidance to help you bring your ideas to life. 

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Whether your vision involves crafting visual or performance art, or if you aspire to make a positive impact on others, we are your platform for transformation. 

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Share with Others
Your ideas are too good to keep to yourself. Consider sharing your work with your campus community.

Finding A Platform for Research/Projects

Undergraduate Research Symposium 
An annual conference that showcases the outstanding work of our undergraduate students across campus. 

Center for Pathways Experiences
Assists undergraduate students in finding, funding, and finishing pathway experiences that connect to their post graduation goals, including research (scholarly and/or creative) and fieldwork/other activities.

Drapeau Center for Undergraduate Research
Supports all aspects of undergraduate research and creative activity, including community-engaged projects.

Golden Idea Pitch Competition
The competition provides students with support, mentorship, and funding to help launch their big ideas!

Nationally Competitive Programs
Staff in the Nationally Competitive Programs office advises and assists students with applications to a variety of nationally competitive scholarships, fellowships, grants, etc.

The Student Opportunity Center
Access over 11,000 internships, research and other opportunities: conferences and competitions; journals for publication of undergraduate scholarly work; internship, co-op, and research programs; and funding for undergraduate scholarly activities.

Other Funding Opportunities
There are many opportunities for undergraduate students to get involved in research, creative or other scholarly activities, find funding for these activities, or share their work on campus and beyond.


What Students Are Saying

Elizabeth Williams

As an Undergraduate Symposium participant and award winner, I am incredibly thankful for the foundational skills that I obtained during this process, as well as the confidence derived from this experience that will help me in my future endeavors!

Elizabeth Williams | Biological Sciences (Biomedical Sciences) | Presented her research on two species of topminnows

Make the World Your Classroom

Study AbroadStudy Abroad
USM Study Abroad has programs in the United Kingdom, Germany, France, Spain, Italy, Peru, Belize, the Netherlands, and more. Programs range from a few weeks to a full semester or academic year exchange. It also helps students with internships. Make an appointment today!

Summer Field ProgramSummer Field Experiences
Learn about coastal environments in an intense laboratory and field setting. Offered during the summer academic terms, you can earn USM credit while immersing yourself in the Mississippi Gulf Coast’s natural environment.


What Students Are Saying

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“From studying abroad to working in the Language Hub and being able to participate in L'AF (the French Club), I feel accomplished and thankful for all the growth opportunities I’ve had here at USM. I am not someone with a school spirit, but I could talk about all the fantastic opportunities and wonderful people I have met at USM for hours."

Cheyla Muñoz Ramos, '2023 | International Studies and French double major

Career & Work Experiences

Contact Us

College of Arts and Sciences
Liberal Arts Building 210
118 College Dr. #5004
Hattiesburg, MS 39406

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