Details - GCRL Field Program
Experience the Marine Biology of the Gulf of Mexico.
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!
There are two terms in 2017. The spring mini session runs January 3-13. The summer field program runs May 22-June 2 (Mini session), June 5-30 (Session I), and July 3-28 (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 Description and Schedule
Class descriptions and schedule are here.
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Spring Mini Session - Dec. 1
Summer Sessions - March 31
International courses have earlier deadlines.
Admissions questions? Send email to email@example.com or call 228.818.8852.
- $40.00 non-refundable application processing fee for undergraduate students or $60.00 for graduate students
(fees not applicable to current USM students)
- Official transcript (electronic transcripts preferred; send to firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Copy of immunization records
- Completed Application for Admission form signed by either advisor, department head or on-campus affiliate coordinator.
Materials can be sent electronically to email@example.com 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
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Please fax us at: 228.818.8894
Margaret Firth, GCRL Admissions Specialist
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.
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.
- Michael Andres, Ph.D., The University of Southern Mississippi, GCRL
- Matthew Chatfield, Ph.D., Unity College, Maine
- Walt Conley, Ph.D., State University of New York, Postdam
- Stephen S. Curran, Ph.D., The University of Southern Mississippi, GCRL
- Jill Hendon, M.S., The University of Southern Mississippi, GCRL
- Arthur Karels, Ph.D., The University of Southern Mississippi, GCRL
- Jessica Kastler, Ph.D., The University of Southern Mississippi, GCRL
- Athena Rycyk, Ph.D.,
Eckerd College, Florida
- Jeffrey Siegel, M.S., Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, Mississippi
- Brent Thoma, Ph.D., Jackson State University
- James T. Wetzel, Ph.D.,
Presbyterian College, South Carolina
- Mark Woodrey, Ph.D.,
Mississippi State University
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