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Student Oceanographic Society

S.O.S. was formed at the John C. Stennis Space Center in 1992 by a group of marine science graduate students from The University of Southern Mississippi Department of Marine Science. The group was formed to provide academic and networking assistance to marine science graduate students and to offer a means for the student body to voice any concerns they may have directly to the faculty. The latter is accomplished via a faculty advisor. The current S.O.S. faculty advisor is Dr. Davin Wallace. Membership is open to all part-time and full-time students enrolled in the department of marine science.

S.O.S. is a network of students with a passion for Marine Science, and it is a valuable resource to both new and established students. Here are just a few areas in which S.O.S. can offer assistance:

  • S.O.S. Scholarship 
  • Social networking
  • Help with homework
  • Rides to and from Stennis, housing accommodation upon arrival
  • Proofreaders for papers and presentation
  • Organize mock qualifying exams

S.O.S. encourages participation in community and departmental based social and outreach events.  S.O.S. aims to foster communication and collaboration between students and scientists across locations, including Stennis, USM Gulf Park, USM GCRL and USM Hattiesburg campus locations.


S.O.S. events and achievements over the past year include:

Department social events
Annual May crawfish boil, Fall semester beach bonfire, Halloween party, Thanksgiving celebration, departmental and inter-campus kickball games

Outreach and education
- Science fair judging, Nicholson Elementary School
- ROV Sea Perch event participation
- Summer science reading day event at Hattiesburg Public Library

Departmental support
Student Handbook editing, creation of a Stennis area living resources and housing guide.

Join our Facebook page to follow recent news, upcoming events and previous activities. If you are interested in joining us don’t hesitate to contact any of the officers.


SOS Officers

Uchenna Nwankwo 

Uchenna Nwankwo

Program Advisor: Stephan Howden
Emphasis: Physical Oceanography
DutiesCorrespond between faculty/staff and students which includes dissemination of information, gathering student opinions on aspects of our courses etc., and sharing feedback garnered from these exchanges. Additionally, I help coordinate student social events with input from my peers. 

 Haley Anderson

Haley Spaid

Program Advisor: Alan Shiller
Emphasis: Marine Chemistry
Duties: Assist the SOS President and act as public relations coordinator for the organization.

 Rachel Coen

Rachel Coen

Program Advisor: Don Redalje
Emphasis: Biological Oceanography
Duties: Recording meeting minutes and managing internal correspondence

 Thomas Kosciuch

Thomas Kosciuch

Program Advisor: Jessica Pilarczyk
Emphasis: Geological Oceanography
Duties: Collecting donations, book keeping and making expenditures on behalf of SOS.