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School of Ocean Science and Engineering

School of Ocean Science and Engineering

Ocean Science and Engineering

The School of Ocean Science and Engineering (SOSE) harnesses elements from key areas of The University of Southern Mississippi, including the Division of Marine Science (DMS) at the John C. Stennis Space Center in Hancock County, the Gulf Coast Research Laboratory (GCRL) in Ocean Springs, Miss., and the University’s fleet of five research vessels, to create a regionally, nationally and internationally recognized leader in marine science.

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Undergraduate Programs-Bachelor's degrees are offered in Hydrographic Science, Marine Science and Ocean Engineering.  Graduate Programs-Graduate degrees include M.S. and PhD in Coastal Sciences, Marine Science and Hydrographic Science.

Name selection for the Gulf- Caribbean Oceanographic Consortium’s Regional Class Research Vessel

GCOC Research Vessel

The Gulf – Caribbean Oceanographic Consortium (GCOC) led by The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) and the Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium (LUMCON) has been awarded operation of the third new Regional Class Research Vessel being built by The National Science Foundation. This state-of-the-art research vessel will carry out research in the Gulf of Mexico, Caribbean Sea and Atlantic Ocean for decades to come.

We seek your support in selecting a name for the ship. We are particularly interested in names that are relevant to the communities the ship will serve: scientists and managers who use the ship for scientific studies the public who will benefit from scientific findings. Nominations with regional significance are particularly encouraged.

Names that represent the pursuit of knowledge and access to marine science and education are encouraged. We hope you will consider submitting names rooted in history along with ones that are forward reaching and inclusive.

Nominations will be accepted from October 3 – October 23 at 
GCOC-Name-NominationsFREEMississippi. Questions can be submitted to the same email,
or directly to Dr. Leila Hamdan (Leila.hamdanFREEMississippi) at USM.

We look forward to your submissions.

Thad Cochran Marine Aquaculture Center