Student Opportunities

Graduate Assistantship in Chemical or Paleo- Oceanography at the University of Southern Mississippi

The Division of Marine Science (DMS) at the University of Southern Mississippi invites applicants for M.S. or Ph.D. studies in Chemical and/or Paleo- Oceanography beginning in Fall 2017. We seek a skilled and motivated individual for exciting opportunities to work on marine science or climate problems involving geochemistry, isotopes, the carbon cycle and the ocean’s geologic past. There are opportunities for field work at sea. A strong background in Chemistry and/or Geology would be beneficial.

Interested candidates should contact Dr. Christopher T. Hayes at Christopher.T.Hayes@usm.edu and attach a resume or curriculum vitae, GRE score (unofficial acceptable), college transcripts (unofficial acceptable), and a brief statement of research interests.

Founded in 1910, Southern Miss is a Carnegie Research University and was designated in 1981 as Mississippi’s flagship university for marine science by the Institutions of Higher Learning. The Division of Marine Science was founded in 1985 as the Center for Marine Science and in 1986 relocated to the John C. Stennis Space Center on Mississippi’s Gulf Coast. Stennis is a “federal city” of roughly 5,000 employees that boasts the world’s largest concentration of oceanographers, housing offices for NASA, U.S. Navy, NOAA, and the USGS. Department faculty expertise is multidisciplinary and includes biologists, chemists, geologists, physicists and hydrographers. Learn more at http://www.usm.edu/marine.

To apply to the Division of Marine Science graduate program, please visit: www.usm.edu/marine/students-apply-now. Candidates must possess a bachelor’s degree and a minimum GPA of 3.0. The GRE (verbal and quantitative) and TOEFL (for non-native English speakers) are required. When applying for the PhD program, candidates possessing a M.S. in a related discipline are preferred. DMS graduate assistants are supported with a competitive stipend, health benefits and resources to attend scientific conferences, perform field work, etc. The deadline for applications is March 1, 2017.

 

Graduate Assistantships in  Physical Oceanography at the University of Southern Mississippi

The Division of Marine Science at the University of Southern Mississippi invites applicants for M.S. or Ph.D. studies in Physical Oceanography starting in the summer/fall of 2016. We seek a skilled and motivated individual for an exciting opportunity to work on the NSF funded project “Collaborative research: Generation of internal waves due to the scattering of semidiurnal hybrid Kelvin-edge waves at varying continental shelf topography”. This project will contribute to a better understanding of the generation and fate of internal tides, the dissipation of which is relevant for the overturning circulation and global climate. The work involves analyzing global ocean model data sets and performing numerical model simulations. There will be opportunities for collaboration with scientists at the University of South Carolina, University of Michigan, and the Naval Research Laboratory. 

Funding is available for travel to collaborating institutions and science conferences. Strong physical and mathematical skills are crucial, and experience with modeling is beneficial. The project requires working in a Linux environment and programming in Matlab and Fortran. Interested candidates should contact Dr. Maarten Buijsman at maarten.buijsman@usm.edu and attach a resume or curriculum vitae, GRE score (unofficial acceptable), college transcripts (unofficial acceptable), and a brief statement of research interests.

Graduate Assistantships in Marine Physical, Biological, and Optical Processes at the University of Southern Mississippi

The Division of Marine Science at the University of Southern Mississippi invites applicants for M.S. or Ph.D. studies in the Ocean Weather Laboratory starting August 2015. Applicants should be highly motivated, capable of working independently and with a group of students and technicians. To learn more, download the announcement PDF below.

More Information about Graduate Assistantships (PDF)

Graduate Assistantships in Zooplankton Ecology at the University of Southern Mississippi

The Division of Marine Science at the University of Southern Mississippi invites applicants for the M.S. or Ph.D. studies in the Zooplankton Ecology Lab starting August 2015. Applicants should be highly motivated and capable of working independently as well as in a group setting. To learn more, download the announcement PDF below.

Graduate Assistantship Information (PDF)