USC Marine Science Undergraduate Research Opportunities
Undergraduates routinely participate in faculty and graduate student research, along with numerous undergraduate field education projects at a variety of sites in coastal South Carolina and bordering states. Many of our undergraduate researchers have their work published in scientific journals and are listed as co-authors. Our students also have the opportunity to present their research at national meetings as well as at Discovery Day, an annual event for undergraduates at USC in any and all disciplines to present their research and scholarship through poster presentations, and online on MarSci, an inter-institutional venue for publishing undergraduate research manuscripts pertaining to the marine and aquatic sciences
A number of our faculty conduct research on UNOLS and NOAA supported research vessels, providing students opportunities for "at-sea" research experience. The University also supports the 19,000 square-foot Belle W. Baruch Marine Field Laboratory at Hobcaw Barony adjacent to Winyah Bay SC. This National Estuarine Research Reserve presently has a full-time staff of 25 research associates and technicians. In addition to the laboratory, there are living quarters and a conference center located at Hobcaw Barony.
The Marine Science Program fosters undergraduate student involvement in research; opportunities to do field and laboratory studies through the following programs:
The University of South Carolina offers research funding for qualified students through the Magellan Scholar Program.
Magellan Scholars receive up to $3,000 to fund their research project. This program is open to all disciplines and Marine Science students are strongly encouraged to apply. Selection is based on the project's educational and intellectual merit, the potential impact of the project, and the student's previous academic success.
We strongly encourage our undergraduates to participate in research experiences at other Universities and Research Programs as well. Many of these programs are offered during the summer and are highly competitive. However, almost all provide a stipend and include room and board. These opportunities allow our students to broaden their research perspectives and to examine other institutions where they may want to continue graduate level education in the future.
Click Here for listings of Programs