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Multiple Graduate Student Opportunities in Ocean Modeling and Climatology Development at USM

The University of Southern Mississippi
Stennis Space Center on the Mississippi Gulf Coast
Graduate assistants receive a tuition waiver, benefits & academic year stipend of $17,550-$18,000
Closing date
Jan 9, 2021

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Atmospheric Sciences, Biogeosciences, Interdisciplinary/Other, Ocean Science
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Student / Graduate
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Multiple Graduate Student Opportunities at The University of Southern Mississippi: Ocean Modeling and Climatology Development

The Ocean Modeling Group within the School of Ocean Science and Engineering at The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) invites applicants for graduate studies (M.Sc. or Ph.D.) in Marine Science ( Successful candidates will have the opportunity to work on the development and application of a coupled ocean modeling system to the coastal waters of northern Gulf of Mexico in order to improve understanding of coastal hydrodynamics, estuarine circulation and exchange processes, wind-wave-current interactions, freshwater influence and sediment transport. This modeling system is used in projects that address questions relating to coastal restoration, living marine resources, fisheries sustainability, habitat suitability and climate change. Our model-based studies rely on datasets and coastal environment characterization obtained from observational systems such as autonomous underwater and surface vehicles, towed ocean vehicles, buoys, moorings, satellites and land-based remote sensing technologies. Opportunities to work with such oceanographic data sets to examine the noted scientific questions as part of contributing toward development of Gulf of Mexico climatological data archives curated by NOAA-NCEI are also available. Successful candidates will have a chance to work with faculty and researchers with expertise in oceanography, ocean engineering, hydrographic science, atmospheric science and marine optics at USM, NOAA and the US Army Corps of Engineers.  

We seek dedicated and motivated students holding a B.Sc. or M.Sc. degree in engineering, oceanography, marine science, hydrographic science, computer science or a related physical science field. Prospective students are encouraged to contact Dr. Kemal Cambazoglu (kemal.cambazoglu at or Dr. Jerry Wiggert (jerry.wiggert at with questions. Application review will start immediately, and successful applicants may start as early as Spring 2021. Application details may be found at All DMS graduate assistants are supported with an annual resource package, including a tuition waiver and a stipend with benefits. 

USM has been designated as the flagship university for Marine Science in the state of Mississippi and is an R1 Carnegie Research University – Highest Research Activity. Marine Science faculty and graduate programs are housed at Stennis Space Center, where the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Marine Science and the M.S. degree in Hydrographic Science are delivered. John C. Stennis Space Center is a federal city that boasts the world’s largest concentration of oceanographers and hydrographers. Marine Science faculty benefit from close working relationships with a number of on-site federal agencies, including the Naval Research Laboratory-Stennis Space Center, the Naval Oceanographic Office, the Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Command, the USGS and NOAA Centers, such as the National Data Buoy Center and the National Centers for Environmental Information. Stennis is also in close proximity to the Port of Gulfport, which is the home port for USM’s R/V Point Sur and USM Marine Research Center, which features a state-of-the-art fabrication lab, testing tank, and laboratory space. Gulfport will be the future site of the Roger F. Wicker Center for Ocean Enterprise and the home port of a new 199-ft UNOLS Regional Class Research Vessel (R/V Gilbert R. Mason).


Founded in 1910, Southern Miss is a Carnegie Research University – High Research Activity, and was designated in 1981 as Mississippi’s flagship university for marine science by the Institutions of Higher Learning. The Department of Marine Science was founded in 1985 as the Center for Marine Science and in 1986 relocated to the John C. Stennis Space Center on Mississippi’s Gulf Coast. Stennis is a “federal city” that boasts the world’s largest concentration of oceanographers, housing offices for NASA, U.S. Navy, NOAA, USGS, EPA and NGI. Department faculty expertise is multidisciplinary and includes biologists, chemists, geologists, physicists and hydrographers. Learn more at
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