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Media Advisory: USM to Host 22nd Annual Hurricane Bowl at Marine Education Center

TO: News editors, directors

WHAT: 22nd Annual National Ocean Sciences Bowl (NOSB)

WHEN: February 2, 2019 8 am – 4 pm

WHERE: SOSE's Marine Education Center, 101 Sweetbay Drive, Ocean Springs, MS 39564

SPECIFICS:  The University of Southern Mississippi's Marine Education Center is hosting the 22nd annual National Ocean Sciences Bowl at their Ocean Springs site. More than 100 students and 14 schools from Miss., Ala., Fla., Tenn., and La. will face off in the regional component. The NOSB, an interdisciplinary ocean science education program of the Consortium for Ocean Leadership, is a quiz-bowl style academic competition that tests students' knowledge of ocean-related topics, which include cross-disciplines of biology, chemistry, policy, physics, and geology. The winner of each regional bowl will compete in the national Finals competition April 11-14, 2019 in Washington, D.C. This is the first year the regional tournament will use a single-elimination system with only one bracket.

CONTACT: James Skrmetta, GCRL Communications Officer, 228.872.4254, James.SkrmettaFREEMississippi

About The University of Southern Mississippi
The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) is a comprehensive public research institution delivering transformative programs on campuses in Hattiesburg and Long Beach, at teaching and research sites in central and southern Mississippi, as well as online. Founded in 1910, USM is one of only 130 universities in the nation to earn the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education's "R1: Doctoral Universities – Very high research activity” designation, and its robust research enterprise includes experts in ocean science and engineering, polymer science and engineering, and sport venue safety and security, among others. USM is also one of only 40 institutions in the nation accredited in theatre, art and design, dance and music. As an economic driver, USM generates an annual economic impact of more than $600 million across the state. USM welcomes a diverse student body of approximately 15,000, representing 71 countries, all 50 states, and every county in Mississippi. USM students have collected four Truman Scholarships and 35 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships, while also leading Mississippi with 21 Goldwater Scholarships, an honor that recognizes the next generation of great research scientists. Home to the Golden Eagles, USM competes in 17 Division I sports sponsored by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). For more information, visit