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Mid-September Digest

Dear Lucy,

I'm hoping to defend my thesis this semester, ideally in December. What kind of timeline should I follow for the rest of the fall semester to meet this goal?

Almost Done Allen

Dear Allen,

Great question! So although you are planning to defend this semester, that does not necessarily mean you have the entire semester to work on your thesis and defend. Your committee needs time to review and approve of a draft of your thesis before your defense and you have to allow yourself time to complete your edits after your defense. That being said, please keep this timeline below in mind as you prepare:

December 2nd: Last day to turn in your complete and approved thesis to ProQuest (submission to ProQuest is not required for internships, but you must submit it to the EVSS Office). This includes the completed edits required by all of your committee members and final approval from your advisor. You also must turn in the following documents to the EVSS office:
- Thesis release form
- Signed title page: See graduate school handbook for details
- Notification of Successful Defense Form

November 18th: Last day to defend your research. Your entire committee should be supplied with an approved draft of your research no less than two weeks before your defense.

November 4th: Last day to turn in your Notification of Defense form completely signed. Turn this into me with all signatures on one page. It is not the offices responsibility to compile signatures onto one complete document.

October 21st: Have a complete draft to your primary advisor for review.

As you can see by the timeline above, you need to have completed a draft of your research project by mid-October and do not have the entire semester to work on this. If you feel like you may qualify for an extension (i.e. Hurricane delayed research, personal health, advisor is not available etc.) the deadline to apply is November 1st. An extension only gives you an additional twenty days to complete your research work and your new deadline to have everything turned in would be December 20th. Extensions are not guaranteed.

If you want to discuss more about your individual timeline and where you are currently in your research, please reach out to myself or Dr. Watson to schedule a meeting.

Lucy Davis
MES Program Coordinator

Cultivate SciArt - Climate BINGO Night
Tuesday, September 24th
6:00 - 8:00 PM
Palmetto Brewery
Check out this flyer or their newsletter for more information.

American Red Cross Blood Drive
Wednesday, September 25th
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Stern Student Center Ballroom


2020 ACE Basin Research Symposium - Edisto Island, SC

  • March 4, 2020
  • Accepting abstracts here until October 18, 2019
  • Accepting recently completed, ongoing, and potential research in the ACE Basin
  • More information here or contact Abi Locatis Prochaska

2020 Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC) Young Environmental Scientists (YES) Meeting

  • March 9-11, 2020 at Baylor University in Waco, TX
  • The annual YES meeting is an international conference organized by students for students and recent graduates. This meeting offers an inviting, cooperative space for students and recent graduates to present their research and expand their network. 
  • Students conducting toxicology research are invited to submit an abstract by November 10, 2019.
  • For information on travel awards, click here.
  • For more information on the meeting, click here.
  • Questions can be directed to Rachel Leads (, the chair for the Marine Ecotoxicology session.

Ashley Cooper Storm Ed Consortium Fall 2019 Meeting
  • September 18th from 8:30 am - Noon
  • Location: Zucker Family Graduate Education Center (1240 Supply Street, North Charleston, SC 29405)
  • Breakfast will be included
  • Summer edition of the ACSEC newsletter "Ripple Effect" can be seen here
SC Aquarium's 5th Season of the Holland Lifelong Learning Program
  • First lecture on Sept. 25th at 6 PM with Turtle Survival Alliance @ the SC Aquarium
  • Series of monthly lectures that address conservation
  • More information here
Fort Johnson Seminar Series
  • September 27 - Thomas Rainwater, Clemson University (Seminar Title: Coastal and Marine Crocodilian Ecology and Conservation)
  • 4:00 pm, MRRI Auditorium, Fort Johnson
Charleston Green Drinks
  • September 17 at 5:30 pm - Charleston Moves
  • Location: Baker & Brewer (94 Stuart Street)

Assistant Professor - Boston University, Department of Earth & Environment

  • Two positions for tenure-track faculty
  • Conduct research and teach in the social, behavioral, and economic dimensions of human-natural systems
  • Lead core and elective courses for the PhD Program, professional MA in Energy and Environment, and the undergraduate major in Environmental Analysis and Policy
  • More information and to apply click here

GIS Analyst - City of Charleston Office Department of Information Technology

  • Plans, organizes, coordinates, and participates in the development and implementation of the City’s enterprise GIS.
  • Designs, manages, and edits complex GIS datasets within a versioned geodatabase utilizing data validation and quality control techniques
  • More information and to apply click here
  • Closes August 30, 2019, or until position is filled
Visit the MES website here for a complete list of job announcements!

Graduate Assistantship with SC Department of Natural Resources/ACE Basin NERR

The ACE Basin NERR is looking for a graduate assistant for one year to work on an assessment of the ACE Basin NERR ecosystem health by compiling and analyzing habitat quality data available within the reserve targeted watershed boundary. This will include biological, hydrological, physical, and chemical data within the estuarine environment.

The candidate should have:

  1. Working knowledge of ArcMap software
  2. Working knowledge of MS Excel and familiar with MS Access
  3. Taken at least one statistics course
  4. A desire to work with large datasets
If you are interested, please contact Denise Sanger ( to discuss the project further.

Urban Farm Administrative Internship - Fresh Future Farm (North Charleston)
  • Fresh Future Farm is a nonprofit urban farm and community food operation dedicated to promoting 'interdependence' by providing affordable and convenient access to naturally grown produce, conventional and specialty grocery products while providing quality jobs to residents.
  • They apply a multi-pronged strategy to address health, wealth and quality of life issues in under-served communities.
  • Seeking two administrative interns from October 2019 through April 2020
  • Candidates must be able to work 2-3 hour shifts and be available at least 20-25 hours per month.
  • Click here for more information.
Intern - Association Options
  • Associate Options is a global, non-profit consulting company that is seeking an energetic, responsible intern to join their team.
  • The intern will learn he ins-and-outs of how they serve nonprofit clients while assisting their consultants with projects. 
  • Virtual position but will require frequent meetings with the company president in Charleston and team meetings via telephone, Zoom, Skype, or other means.
  • Paid position targeted towards students in pursuit of a Master's in Public Administration.
  • For more information, click here
  • If interested, email William Pawlucy at

US Fish and Wildlife Services Research Opportunity - Wadmalaw Island, SC
  • Investigate the effectiveness of artificial oyster reef research
  • Mix of field work, sample collection, and lab analysis
  • Potential thesis work
  • For more information, view this document

Sea Grant Fellowships
It's never too early to start preparing for upcoming Sea Grant Fellowships! Visit the website to learn about deadlines and application procedures for the following Sea Grant Fellowships: 

  • John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship
  • National Marine Fisheries Service-Sea Grant Joint Graduate Fellowship
NOAA Margaret A. Davidson Graduate Fellowship
  • Conduct research at ACE Basin NERR or North Inlet-Winyah Bay NERR
  • Address key coastal management questions
  • Proposals due December 20th
  • Fellowship begins late summer/fall 2020
  • More information here

Dr. Kevin Befus in the Department of Civil and Architectural Engineering at the University of Wyoming is recruiting motivated students to conduct graduate research starting Summer or Fall 2020 on groundwater dynamics in coastal and wetland systems responding to sea-level rise. At least one student is sought to quantify how groundwater flow theoretically can and does change the timing, availability, and quality of coastal hydrologic signals. The student will be encouraged to approach this problem via numerical and field analyses, ranging from numerical modeling to collecting and interpreting water level and geophysical time series. Students will interact extensively with the Wyoming Center for Environmental Hydrology and Geophysics (WyCEHG). 

  • Background and interest in groundwater hydrology, preferably with a MS degree from a water-related field
  • Experience with scientific programming, GIS, and numerical models
Direct questions about this research opportunity to Dr. Befus ( 
Click here to apply. 

Check out the following organizations for upcoming volunteer events:
CofC's Center for Civic Engagement & Charleston Moves

CofC's Center for Civic Engagement is conducting a biker and pedestrian audit for Charleston Moves, a local nonprofit that advocates for safer and more accessible bicycle, foot, and public transit, on Tuesday, September 17th from 3:30-6:30 pm and Saturday, September 21st from 1:30-4:30 pm. They are looking for volunteers for one or both audits. To learn more or to sign up to volunteer, click here.
The next Stono Student Garden volunteer day is on Sunday, September 22th from 2:00 to 5:00 pm. We are always in need of volunteers and would love it if you could come out and join us! For this workday we will be planting our fall seedlings and will have plenty of okra and other produce for you to harvest. If you would like to volunteer with us, email Michael Cranford at

Check social media for upcoming workdays and events:
Facebook: The Student Garden at Stono Preserve
Instagram: @cofc_studentgarden

MESSA has our first fundraiser coming up on September 18th from 4:00 - 8:00 pm at Verde (347 King Street). At checkout, tell them you're with MESSA and we will receive 10% of sales that will go directly to fund student research.

You can see a full calendar of all our upcoming events on our website ( or our event flyer.

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