Details - Summer Field Program 2011

Experience the Marine Biology of the Gulf of Mexico.

Resident Faculty – Division of Coastal Sciences

Summer Faculty

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Research Study Program

Positions are available in both the first and second terms.

Research Study Program The Research Study Program allows upper level students an opportunity to gain valuable experience in designing a research project, sampling, analyzing data, and presenting research findings. Research options encompass a broad spectrum of disciplines in coastal sciences that include: marine aquaculture, marine biodiversity, marine biomedicine, marine ecology, marine education, marine fisheries, marine pathology, and marine Toxicology. This course could easily form the basis of a senior or honors project.

Prerequisites: Four semesters of biology or permission of instructor.

Special Topics: Research; COA 492. One to six hours credit is available and is assigned by the instructor.



Gulf Coast Research Laboratory's air-conditioned dormitory houses two students per room. Suites consist of four rooms and a common bathroom facility. Requests for housing are filled as received. Married couples must make their own arrangements for off-campus housing. The rooms have Internet/network T1 line access.

The dining hall serves three meals daily. Commuting students may purchase meals at a modest cost. Students should bring linens, towels, and clothing suitable for field work, such as shorts, bathing suits, hat, long-sleeved shirt and light-weight pants, washable athletic shoes, polarized sunglasses as well as a good sunblock. Laundry facilities are available on-campus.

Dormitory stays typically provide excellent opportunities to meet other students, as well as to engage in water sports, fishing, golf, tennis, biking, weight lifting, aerobics, and hiking that form some of the many summer pastimes on the Mississippi Gulf Coast.

The community of Ocean Springs, as well as the neighboring cities of Biloxi, Gulfport, Gautier, and Pascagoula provide ample opportunities for shopping, banking, dining, and recreation. New Orleans is less than two hours away by care. Mobile, Alabama is about an hour drive.

Summers are hot on the Mississippi Gulf Coast and students should be prepared to protect themselves from intense sunshine. Bring a good sunblock, hat, and sunglasses.


Academic Credit

GCRL summer courses are offered by The University of Southern Mississippi and accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. All courses are offered through the Division of Coastal Sciences. Credits earned in the Southern Miss GCRL Summer Field Program are transferred to students’ home institutions upon course completion.

Course credit hours reflect extent of lecture and laboratory study time as shown in course descriptions. Marine Biology and Oceanography are for undergraduate credit only. All other courses may be taken for undergraduate or graduate credit. For graduate credit, courses include additional research and writing components.


Admissions Deadline

Applications for Summer 2011 classes are accepted beginning the first week of January 2011. To apply submit all paperwork and a non-refundable $35.00 application fee by May 2, 2011, to:

Office of Student Services
Division of Coastal Sciences
Gulf Coast Research Laboratory, Attn: Margaret Firth
703 East Beach Drive
Ocean Springs, MS 39564

Application Requirements

Fees and Costs

Students with Disabilities

If a student has a disability that qualifies under the Americans with Disabilities Act and requires accommodations, he/she should contact the Office for Disability Accommodations for information on appropriate policies and procedures. Southern Station Box 8586; Telephone/voice: (601) 266-5024; Telephone/TDD: (601) 266-6837; Fax: (601) 266-6035.

Transcript Requests

PLEASE NOTE: Students requesting transcripts for classes taken at Southern Miss, Hattiesburg, Southern Miss on the Coast or GCRL Summer Field Program after 2001please go to

Transcripts for Gulf Coast Research Laboratory Summer Field Program coursework prior to Summer 2002 are obtained by submitting a request in writing to:

Office of Student Services
Gulf Coast Research Laboratory
703 East Beach Drive, Ocean Springs, MS 39564

To ensure that your transcripts reach the proper destination, we ask that you provide us with complete mailing addresses for the transcript recipients.

We accept transcript requests by fax - (228) 872-4204 or U.S. mail. Please sign your request.

For More Information

Sam Clardy
Coordinator, GCRL 2010 Summer Field Program
For Admissions:
Margaret Firth