Summer Field Program - Details

The University of Southern Mississippi’s Gulf Coast Research Laboratory was established in Ocean Springs, Mississippi in 1947 and is home to the Summer Field Program. The Summer Field Program is designed to allow undergraduate an intensive field- and lab-based setting. On-site amenities include research vessels, dormitory, dining hall, research labs, library and a specimen museum. Make your plans today to attend the GCRL Field Program and gain an experience of a lifetime!

Calendar

The Summer Field Program runs May 14-June 1 (Intersession), June 4-29 (Session I), and July 2-30 (Session II). A student may enroll in only one course each session. Students should not take classes at other campuses while taking field courses at the GCRL.

Class descriptions and schedule are here.

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Admissions

Admissions deadline: All application materials should be submitted
by April 13, 2018 or until classes are filled.

Admissions questions? Send email to gcrlsfp@usm.edu or call 228.818.8852.

Application Requirements

  1. $40.00 non-refundable application processing fee for undergraduate students or $60.00 for graduate students
    (fees not applicable to current USM students)
  2. Official transcript (electronic transcripts preferred; send to margaret.firth@usm.edu)
  3. Copy of immunization records
  4. Completed Application for Admission form signed by either advisor, department head or on-campus affiliate coordinator.

    Materials can be sent electronically to margaret.firth@usm.edu or mailed to:

Office of Student Services
Division of Coastal Sciences

Gulf Coast Research Laboratory, Attn: Margaret Firth
703 East Beach Drive
Ocean Springs, MS 39564

Fees and Costs

Downloadable Tuition, Fees and Room and Board Information [pdf]

Important Deadlines -

Assistantships and Scholarships

A limited number of assistantships and scholarships are available to qualifying students attending the GCRL Summer Field Program. For more information, contact us at gcrlsfp@usm.edu.

Students with Disabilities

If a student has a disability that qualifies under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and requires accommodations, he/she should contact the Office for Disability Accommodations (ODA) for information on appropriate policies and procedures. Disabilities covered by ADA may include learning, psychiatric, physical disabilities, or chronic health disorders. Students can contact ODA if they are not certain whether a medical condition/disability qualifies. 

Address:

The University of Southern Mississippi
Office for Disability Accommodations
118 College Drive # 8586
Hattiesburg, MS   39406-0001
Voice Telephone:  601.266.5024 or 228.214.3232    Fax: 601.266.6035

Individuals with hearing impairments can contact ODA using the Mississippi Relay Service at 1.800.582.2233 (TTY) or email ODA at oda@usm.edu.

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 2001 please refer to https://www.usm.edu/registrar/records/transcript_processing/index.php.

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 to (228) 818-8894 or U.S. mail. Please sign your request.

For More Information

Questions may be addressed to gcrlsfp@usm.edu. Please fax us at: 228.818.8894

Sam Clardy
Associate Director, Marine Education Center
228.818.8885
samuel.clardy@usm.edu

For Admissions:
Margaret Firth, GCRL Admissions Specialist
228.818.8852
Margaret.firth@usm.edu

Accommodations

The Gulf Coast Research Laboratory's air-conditioned dormitory houses two students per room. Suites consist of four rooms and a common bathroom facility. Other GCRL dorms have up to four students per room with a common bathroom. Requests for housing are filled as received. Married couples must make their own arrangements for off-site housing. All rooms have Internet access via WiFi.

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-site.

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, sunglasses and a reusable waterbottle.

CONSUMPTION OF ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES ON LABORATORY GROUNDS IS STRICTLY PROHIBITED.

Academic Credit

All courses are offered through the University of Southern Mississippi’s Gulf Coast Research Laboratory in the Division of Coastal Sciences and are accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Upon completion, a transcript request must be submitted to transfer credit hours to home institution.

Resident Faculty – Division of Coastal Sciences

Visiting Faculty

Affiliates