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  • Writer's pictureMichael Andres

Master's Student Wanted! - Filled

Updated: Aug 27, 2020

We are seeking a motivated student to fill a graduate assistantship (M.S. level) in the Division of Coastal Sciences in the School of Ocean Science and Engineering at The University of Southern Mississippi (USM). The position is available beginning January 2020. The student will be funded on an EPA funded project aimed at evaluating the ecological effects of alternative bulkhead designs (living shorelines) in Mississippi waters.

The student will develop a thesis project from one or more of the research objectives within this effort, and will be expected to work with a team of faculty, technicians, and graduate students in both the field and laboratory settings as well as collaborators at the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources. The student is expected to present results of their project at professional meetings and their thesis work should culminate in at least one manuscript for peer review. All work will be conducted at the Gulf Coast Research Laboratory in Ocean Springs, MS.

Interested students should hold a B.S. degree with a minimum GPA of 3.0 in ecology, marine science, fisheries, biology, or a related field and possess strong quantitative, writing, and presentation skills. Applicants with experience in coastal ecology, statistical analyses, nekton identification, laboratory methods for stable isotope and water quality analyses, and trailering and launching small boats are encouraged to apply. The successful applicant will be provided a full-time Research Assistantship, health insurance, and a tuition waiver.

To be considered for the position, please email Drs Kevin Dillon ( and Michael Andres ( and include a letter of interest, current C.V., unofficial transcripts, and GRE/TOEFL scores. Screening of applicants will begin immediately and interested students should contact us about this position ASAP. The deadline for students to apply to USM is September 1st. Information on graduate admission requirements can be found at


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