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October Digest

Dear Lucy,

I have found an advisor and will be working on a great project with them, but I am wondering how I build the rest of my committee?

Committee Connor

Dear Committee Connor, 

This is a great question and its wonderful to hear you have secured an advisor and a project. My advice is to create an outline of your proposal (the format of your proposal can be found here) and start on a literature review. Once you have about six to ten pages of your proposal crafted with a developing literature review, methods section and timeline, you and your advisor will be better able to understand the gaps in expertise in your project. You may need to bring in a policy expert, or a GIS expert or even someone specifically in an affiliated organization to provide guidance. To build your committee you will need a minimum of two type 1 faculty members from the college of Charleston. The other two committee members can be type 2 faculty members. If you want to work with someone who is not listed here, please reach out to the EVSS office to get approval and to start their credentialing process right away. Typically, each student has four committee members including the primary advisor. You are able to have a maximum of five committee members with EVSS Director approval. 

Please reach out to the EVSS office with any questions.

Lucy Davis
EVSS Program Coordinator 

Virtual Office Hours: Lucy Davis
  • Thursdays 11:00 am -12:00 pm
  • Join Zoom Meeting
  • Meeting ID: 343 074 906
    Password: 645756
  • Ask questions about your graduation timeline, classes, navigating online teaching/learning, research challenges, etc.

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Planning Internship with Regional Planning Agency in Charleston SC

  • Berkley Charleston Dorchester Council of Government (BCDCG)
  • Gain experience in assisting professional planning staff conduct research, collect and analyze data, produce maps and graphics, and draft reports on a variety of topics
  • Part time with flexible hours, ranging from 18-28 hours/week
  • email your resume to apply
  • Click here to learn more

Visit the EVSS website here for a complete list of job announcements!

Call for Applications -- Georgia Sea Grant's State Fellowship Program

  • deadline October 15th
  • Provides recent graduates an opportunity to acquire “on the job” experience in planning and implementation of coastal and marine policies and programs in Georgia
  • Sea Grant State Fellows receive a stipend of $35,000 for 12-month assignments.
  • A complete application will include the following items: 
  • Personal and academic curriculum vitae (not to exceed two pages using 12-point font). 
  • A statement of career goals that emphasizes the applicant’s abilities and interests, and the applicant’s expectations of the career development experience (1,000 words or less). 
  • Two letters of recommendation.
  • Copies of all undergraduate and graduate student transcripts. Unofficial copies will be accepted. 
  • Click here for more details

Call for Abstracts

  • The Colloquium Committee is pleased to announce the Marine Research Student Colloquium of the Graduate Program in Marine Biology (GPMB) which will be held online on Friday, October 22nd and Saturday, October 23rd, 2021.

The goals of the Colloquium are to:

  • Increase awareness of ongoing student led research on marine systems
  • Give students experience with formal scientific presentations
  • Introduce new graduate students to research opportunities in marine biology
  • Promote interaction among faculty and students
Deadline for Abstracts: October 1st, 2021 at midnight. Click here to submit abstract. Click here for more information.

Call for Papers- Living Labs at the Forefront of Social and Environmental Change
  • We seek paper presentations that focus on the work of Living Labs that address a wide range of proposed solutions to global concerns including, but not limited to: climate action, social and environmental justice, decolonization, food security and food sovereignty, participatory democracy, health and wellbeing, etc. 
  • To participate in this session, please send an abstract (250 words maximum) including title, up to five key words, author(s), institutional affiliation (if any), and contact details (including an email address) to and by October 11, 2021. Abstracts will be reviewed by the organizers and authors will be contacted within that week. 

Regional Integrated Science and Assessments (RISA) FY2022 Notice of Funding Opportunity

  • Letters of Intent Deadline: October 19, 2021

    Full Application Deadline: January 11, 2022

Funding Availability:

  • RISA teams in currently covered regions- proposals can request up to $1,000,000/year for core RISA work. For a total of $5,000,000 over 5 years. For proposals including a small-grants component, applicants can propose up to an additional $180,000 total to support the competition. It is anticipated that up to one full RISA team will be funded per region.
  • RISA teams in new regions, proposals can request up to $1,000,000/year for core RISA work. For a total of $5,000,000 over five years. For proposals including a small-grants component, applicants can propose up to an additional $180,000 total to support the competition. It is anticipated that up to one full RISA team will be funded per region.
  • Collaborative Planning Activities will be at a funding level of up to $100,000 total per award. It is anticipated that 4-6 awards will be made.
  • Research on Complex Fiscal Pathways for Climate Adaptation in Rural Areas Across the U.S. will be at a funding level of up to $150,000 per award. It is anticipated that 4-6 awards will be made.
  • To learn more click here
South Atlantic Reef Fish Extension/Communication Fellowship
  • Deadline Oct 15th at 5pm EST
  • provides on-the-job education and training opportunities in reef fish extension and communication for an early-career professional in the southeast region.
  • This two-year opportunity offers a competitive stipend, work-related travel expense reimbursement, and an opportunity for engagement in extension programming and communication.
  • submit application materials here
  • additional instructions and information
Cougar Changemaker Program:
  •  interest forms are due on Friday, October 8th
  • full proposals are due on Monday, November 8th
Visit the EVSS website here for a complete list of job announcements!

Director of Conservation- Audubon SC

  • Located in Charleston SC
  • The Director of Conservation will define measures of success, develop implementation plans, track conservation activities, report on progress toward goals, and manage and grow the state conservation team to support these efforts. 
  • Work closely with natural resource agencies, other conservation organizations, and stakeholders across National Audubon and Atlantic Flyway offices to ensure the successful planning and implementation of Audubon South Carolina’s conservation programs. 
  • Click here for more information
Sustainability Coordinator- Orange County Convention Center, Orlando FL
  • We are hiring our unique Sustainability Coordinator Position at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, FL! We have the 2nd largest convention center in the U.S. (7M sqft) and is LEED EBOM Certified, ISO 14001 Certified and GBAC STAR Accredited! We have also started design to add 1.2 million sqft LEED Gold certified indoor arena and meeting space. 
  • Click here to apply
Senior Planner- Maine Coastal Program
  • Maine Department of Marine Resources in Augusta, ME
  • Applications due Oct 11th
  • Salary $46,987.20 - $63,356.80/Annually
  • Working waterfronts - leading a municipal grant program (Shore and Harbor Planning Program) and providing technical assistance to successful grantees
  • Climate Change - Assisting the MCP Director with implementation of coastal climate adaptation recommendations in Maine’s new Climate Plan including work planning, staffing of internal agency teams, organization of effective meetings, small group facilitation, and development of written materials and meeting notes. 
  • Communications - Manage updates of MCP website
  • Program Administration - Prepare biannual progress reports, track and evaluate performance indicators data. 
  • Click here to apply

Visit the EVSS website here for a complete list of job announcements!
Resilience Program Assistant- Sea Grant SC
  • 20+ hours/week for 4 months
  • $15/hour
  • The S.C. Sea Grant Consortium (Consortium) is seeking a Resilience Program Assistant to aid the agency director in assembling and cataloging information, materials, local policies, and plans from throughout the state associated with planning for resilience to the impacts of climate change. The Resilience Program Assistant will convene an advisory group of state agency and academic partners to guide the collection of information and the delivery of final products. The Resilience Program Assistant will work with Consortium staff to produce the end product(s) and may present it at local and regional meetings.
  • Click here to apply and learn more
Visit the EVSS website here for a complete list of job announcements!

Career Paths at NOAA Student-Panel Workshop
  • October 7th 11am-1pm EST
  • This workshop will provide information, tools, and methods to navigate career paths into the NOAA workforce. This workshop will include a demonstration on the USAjobs website. This is an opportunity to hear from current employees on how they navigated their academic journey into a professional career at NOAA. Overall, this workshop serves as a mentoring space for students -- our speakers are ready to assist students in planning for and finding NOAA-career opportunities!
  • Register here
Global Conference on Sustainability in Higher Education
  • October 12th-14th 2021
  • $125 registration fee for students
  • How does higher education need to change to effectively meet the grand challenges of our time?
  • How can higher education institutions demonstrate the potential for a resilient, equitable, and sustainable future in the operation of their campuses?
  • How can higher education support students and employees struggling with anxiety about the future and equip them to better navigate this future?
  • Click here to register and here to learn more
LEED Green Associate (GA) Training - Webinar and Online self-paced options
1. September 18 2021 – 1:00PM – 5:30PM EST  
2. October 1 2021  – 3:00PM – 7:30PM EST
3. October 23 2021 – 1:00PM – 5:30PM EST
4. November 4 2021 –  5:00PM – 9:30PM EST
5. November 20 2021 – 1:00PM – 5:30PM EST
6. December 4 2021 – 1:00PM – 5:30PM EST     - OR -
7. On-demand recordings completed at your own pace
A. LEED AP BD+C (Level 2) – December 11+12 2021 
  • Register for a live webinar or start today with our on-demand recorded workshop completed anytime at your own pace here 
  • This course is instructed by a USGBC Faculty member and is the most effective way to pass. The USGBC charges a $100 (reduced for students) fee for the actual exam which can now be taken online from home. 
  • Cost: $200 - Students can use the coupon code ‘green’ for $50 off (Discounted course price $150)
  • Save your seat by registering here for our live or self-paced options 
  • Please contact the instructor Lorne directly with any questions at



Check out the following organizations for upcoming volunteer events:

Thank you for a great year! Join us this Fall for garden volunteer days. 

Stono Fall 2021 Volunteer Days: 

Sunday, Aug. 29th 2 - 4PM 
Sunday, Sept.12th  2 - 4PM 
Sunday, Sept. 26th 2 - 4PM 
Sunday, Oct. 10th 2 - 4PM 
Sunday, Oct. 24th 2 - 4PM 
Sunday, Nov. 7th 2 - 4PM 
Sunday, Nov. 21st 2 - 4PM 

Find us on Facebook, Instagram, and our website below:

Add the MESSA Google Calendar to yours here!
Questions? Email us at 

Upcoming volunteer opportunities with MESSA will be on October 9 and November 6 - so mark your calendars! Any Stono or Student Garden Workday opportunities will also be counted as volunteer experience to qualify for MESSA funding. Be sure to email Alyssa Lundy at so any participating can be logged! 


President: Nicole Killen 
Vice President: Jackson Barratt Heitmann
Secretary: Kristin Horn 
Volunteer Coordinator: Alyssa Lundy 
Treasurer: Kayla Squiggins
Public Liaison: Emmi Palenbaum 
Social Chair: Haley Kenyon 

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