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Graduate Assistantships in Marine Science at the University of Southern Mississippi


The Division of Marine Science within the School of Ocean Science and Engineering at the University of Southern Mississippi invites applicants for M.S. or Ph.D. studies in Marine Science, and Hydrographic Science, starting in fall 2018. We seek skilled and motivated individuals for exciting opportunities in Hydrographic Science, Marine Chemistry and Physical, Biological and Geological Oceanography. Prospective students with undergraduate/graduate degrees in Oceanography, Physics, Engineering, Mathematics, Earth Science, Chemistry or a related field are especially encouraged to apply. Prospective students will work directly with our 19 faculty members ( whose research interests span a wide range of oceanographic topics, such as the effects of climate change on global ocean circulation, coastal processes, ocean mapping, acoustic marine ecology, ecosystem modeling and monitoring, oyster restoration, impacts of sea-level rise, global ocean modeling, biofuels from algae, tsunami/storm impacts, hypoxia/ocean acidification, cycling of trace elements and radioisotopes, and observing the deep ocean with autonomous underwater vehicles.

Southern Miss is a Carnegie Research University – Higher Research Activity, and has been designated as Mississippi’s flagship university for marine science. The Division of Marine Science is located at the John C. Stennis Space Center on Mississippi’s Gulf Coast. Stennis is a “federal city” that boasts the world’s largest concentration of oceanographers and hydrographers, housing offices for scientists associated with NASA, the U.S. Navy, NOAA, and USGS. Department faculty expertise is multidisciplinary and includes biologists, chemists, geologists, physicists and hydrographers. Learn more at To apply to the Division of Marine Science graduate program, please visit: Candidates must possess a B.S. as listed above with a minimum GPA of 3.0. The GRE (verbal and quantitative) and TOEFL (for non-native English speakers) are required. DMS graduate assistants are supported with a $40,000 annual resource package, including a tuition waiver and a stipend of $23,400 per academic year with benefits.