Student Opportunities

 

Interested students are encouraged to contact any of our faculty for potential assistantships. This page lists periodic assistantships available for specific projects.

 

 

Graduate Assistantship in Chemical 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 Oceanography beginning in either Spring or Fall 2018. We seek a skilled and motivated individual for exciting opportunities to work on a basin-wide transect cruise in the Pacific Ocean (Alaska-to-Tahiti), focusing on the natural radionuclides thorium and protactinum, as tracers of biological productivity, dust flux and deep circulation. 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.

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.

 

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 2017. 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.