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Research and Funding

Research and Funding

Embarking on your graduate journey means diving headfirst into the exciting world of research. At the USM, we understand that research is at the core of graduate education, offering you a chance to collaborate with faculty mentors and contribute to your field's body of knowledge.

Here, you'll find essential information and key links, all designed to support your research endeavors.

Navigating the Research Landscape

Graduate School
This is your gateway to a wealth of resources and opportunities to help you navigate the research process and achieve your academic milestones.

Research and Scholarly Integrity Assurance Program (CITI) 
Ensure you're on the right path by completing the mandatory CITI program, which we recommend that students do so early in their graduate careers!

Human Interactions and Animal Testing Research
For research involving human interactions for data collection (interviews, workshops, observation, etc.) or animal testing, be sure to explore the additional CITI modules and procedures for approvals. Find more at Institutional Review Board and Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee.


Funding Your Research 

Discover various funding opportunities within USM. Consult with your graduate advisor and faculty mentors to understand the norms in your field and explore funding options. Many schools within the College of Arts and Sciences have some funds available for research and professional travel. 

Graduate Student Research Grants
Both Master's and Doctoral students have the chance to secure funding through our Graduate Student Research Grant competition.

Graduate Student Travel Awards
Our College of Arts and Sciences and Graduate School offer travel awards to support your attendance at conferences and research-related events.

Mississippi Space Grant Consortium
The Mississippi Space Grant Consortium (MSSGC) is a statewide non-profit organization supported by NASA whose membership includes 17 institutions of higher learning across the state, including Southern Miss. The NASA Space Grant program is designed to encourage and motivate excellence in student performance and to raise awareness of NASA employment and research opportunities among students with relevant majors at Southern Miss.

External Research Funding

Looking beyond the university? Graduate students at the USM have been successful in obtaining graduate student funding from a number of United States government funding organizations that provide competitive support, most notably through the following:

Graduate students who aspire to pursue a career within academia should also learn as much as possible about external research funding opportunities that are available to their disciplinary field, including:


What Students Are Saying

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Being selected for a competitive fellowship, amongst such promising candidates, represents a significant career milestone. It not only validates my research, but also its relevance and future impact. This brings me a lot of joy and it will empower me to continue my research efforts, as I complete my degree.

Limarie Reyes-Torres, Biological Sciences Ph.D. candidate | Kirschstein-NRSA Predoctoral Fellowship of the National Institute of Health


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Attending BIO2023 enabled me to network with influential figures in major biotech industries, explore new avenues, and seek valuable professional guidance for navigating my career path.

Damilola Oyebode | MS in Biological Sciences | A 2023 Scientist Mentoring & Diversity Program for Biotechnology Scholar

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