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Mid-September Digest

Dear Lucy,

I am nearly finished with writing my proposal and I am about to send my final draft to my advisor. Can you explain to me the process of defending my proposal?

Paul Proposal

Dear Paul Proposal, 

It is great to hear that you are nearly complete with your first draft of your proposal! Please make sure you are following the guidelines for a proposal that are outlined on the first page of your Proposal Approval Form. Once you send your advisor your proposal they will provide you with edits. Then, once you have completed those edits, you are able to send the proposal to the entire committee. With this email, send along a Doodlepoll with dates and times to schedule your proposal defense. You should allocate at least an hour for this process taking in mind you will defend your proposal for about twenty minutes and discuss edits with your entire committee for about 40 minutes. It is highly recommended that you give your entire committee two full weeks to read and review your proposal before the date of your scheduled defense. This defense process is not open to the public and is reserved for just the student and their entire committee. The entire committee is required to be present at the defense. Once you have successfully defended your proposal AND completed the final edits required by the committee, you will have your committee sign your Proposal Approval Form. It is highly encouraged that you have your proposal successfully defended before you start the data collection component of your thesis project. Your proposal must be approved and on file with the EVSS office before you are able to enroll in research credits. 

Please connect with either your advisor or reach out to Lucy Davis to reserve a room for this defense. Live Zoom proposal defenses are allowed.

Reach out to the EVSS office with any questions. 

Lucy Davis
EVSS Program Coordinator 

Virtual Office Hours: Lucy Davis
  • Tuesdays 10:00 am -12:00 pm
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  • Meeting ID: 343 074 906
    Password: 645756
  • Ask questions about your graduation timeline, classes, navigating online teaching/learning, research challenges, etc.

Google Calendars EVSS Alumna Saves Rare Species One Acre at a Time
  • Chelsea Acres '18 
  • Working with Texas Parks and Wildlife department in Austin, TX
  • Works as rare and listed species grant coordinator
  • Click here to view the full article

Marine Education Program Assistant: South Carolina Sea Grant Consortium
  • $15 an hour
  • Location: Charleston SC
  • 20 hours a week for 16 months
  • Student position with potential availability for development
  • Preparing, delivering and evaluating virtual and/or in person marine science-related classroom and field trip programs, teacher professional development (PD), and community-science efforts throughout South Carolina 
  • The focus of this position is to evaluate effectiveness of the 2020-2021 virtual education programs created in response to the COVID-19 pandemic with regard to content, delivery methods and overall support. 
  • ** This research conducted by the Program Assistant could be included in a graduate thesis**
  • Click here to learn more and apply

United Nations Foundation: Internship - Climate, Energy and the Environment
  • $15 an hour
  • Location: Washington DC
  • Research, monitor and synthesize key finding in international climate and environmental policy
  • Assist in writing projects and assisting in document review of climate and environmental news
  • Help support UNF's carbon accounting efforts 
  • Candidate MUST be currently enrolled in a degree-granting program or must have graduated within 8 months
  • Click here to learn more and to apply.

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

Margaret A. Davidson Graduate Fellowships for the National Estuarine Research Reserve System
  • Applications due: December 2021
  • All Davidson Fellowship projects must be conducted in coordination with a research reserve, specified in the application, and designed to address one of the reserve’s priority management questions. 
  • One fellow will be selected for each of the 29 reserves for a two-year duration
  • Additional information about the fellowship may be found at 
    For application description and details download the announcement at:

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

Climate Justice Organizer: Glynn Environmental Coalition (GEC)

  • Applications due Septemeber 15th- email to
  • Work in office in Brunswick GA and remotely
  • Engage with local leaders from state and local government, universities, environmental and
    conservation organizations, and the EJ community to build a collaboration Network around
    climate change.
    ● Engage and build leadership among communities disproportionately affected by
    environmental hazards and those with health and other social risk factors (i.e., those with risk
    factors that make them less resilient to disaster).
    ● Conduct outreach to schools, churches, community centers, neighborhood planning
    assemblies, and more.
    ● Organize program and logistics for various sized meetings (e.g., coalition-building and
    partnership meetings, training workshops for the EJ community, and public outreach events.
  • Click here for more information
Palmetto Conservation Corps- Crew Leader/Member
Crew Leaders
·  12-month position (August to July)
·  Past conservation or leadership experience preferred Bachelors degree preferred 
·  1700 hour service commitment
Crew Members
·  6-month position (August to February or February to July)
·  No conservation experience necessary, just a love of the outdoors and willingness to work hard!
·  900 hour service committment
Contact Catie Hutchison for more info 

Faculty Research Assistant- Coastal Ecology at University of Maryland
  • Salary Range $39,000-$45,000
  • Coordination of a long term wetland restoration monitoring project including rSET measurements and plant identifications
  • Estuarine biogeochemistry research involving field work aboard small boats and laboratory chemical analyses of nutrients and pigments
  • Measurements of rate processes such as photosynthesis and respiration
  • Support to Dr. Harris with data analysis, GIS, figure and report preparation
  • Desirable laboratory skills include exposure to primary production measurements, dissolved oxygen sensors, and processing of water samples for pigment and nutrient analyses
  • Click here to apply and learn more
Wildlife Biologist- State of South Carolina
  • Located in Charleston County, SC
  • Salary $28,215.00 - $52,203.00
  • Applications close 9/17/21 at 5pm EST
  • The employee will be responsible for working on a diversity of research projects related to environmental monitoring of the states' coastal resources as part of the Marine Resources Research Institute's (MRRI) Ace Basin National Estuarine Research Reserve, and Environmental Research Section.
  • The employee will be involved in field-based sampling and monitoring efforts as well as laboratory-based sample processing. 
  • The employee will assist with projects focused on collection/processing of weather, water, sediment, and biological data using a variety of approaches.  
  • Click here for more information and to apply

Environmental Compliance Consultant: McCormick Taylor

  • Located in Columbia, South Carolina
  • Prepare/submit environmental reports for assigned facilities.
  • Walk down of facilities and conduct environmental self assessments to ensure environmental compliance and provide recommendations for process improvements.
  • Resolve compliance issues in coordination with client's staff.
  • Click here for more information and to apply.

Visit the EVSS website here for a complete list of job announcements!
K-12 Science Teacher: University School of Lowcountry, Mt Pleasant
  • We are seeking a science teacher who can teach both 1) Biology and 2) either Environmental Science or Marine Science.
  • Applicants do not need to have a teaching license or extensive teaching experience to be competitive, just a B.S. in a related field and a commitment to teaching. Students in the EVSS Master's program are ideal applicants.
  • It could be for 6-8 weekly classroom hours, to take place at times that could work with your schedule. The days are Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays. 
  • Contact Tanner Crunelle for more information
Visit the EVSS website here for a complete list of job announcements!

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

Make Your Citizen Science Project Count: Strategies to Produce Quality Data
  • Join this webinar to learn how citizen science groups have successfully integrated quality assurance approaches into their projects to help answer their community’s environmental and public health questions
  • This Webinar will take place Wednesday September 15th 1-2pm EST
  • Register here
  • Speakers:
  • Jill Carr, Coastal Data Scientist @Massachusetts Bays National Estuary Partnership
  • Brian Magi, Associate Professor of Atmospheric Sciences @UNC Charlotte, Member of the Board of Directors, CleanAIRE NC
  • Sergio S. RuizCordova, Data Coordinator @Alabama Water Watch
  • Dirk Felton, Research Scientist IV @New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
  • Moderator: Nora Conlon, Quality Assurance Chemist @US Environmental Protection Agency
  • Before the webinar, check out U.S. EPA’s Quality Assurance Handbook for Citizen Science Projects for step-by-step guidance on how to create a quality assurance project plan for your next citizen science project.   
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

Margaret A. Davidson Graduate Fellowship Webinar - "Developing the Next Generation of Coastal Leaders"

  • Wednesday, September 29 at 3:00 p.m. (Eastern)
  • Click here to register
  • There will be a short presentation and plenty of time for Q&A. We’ll discuss expectations of the fellowship, provide helpful information and guidance about the application process, and address any additional questions you may have. 
  • The Davidson Fellowship is a joint effort of NOAA, the National Estuarine Research Reserve System, and local university partners.
  • The focus is on the coastal environment and applied science. Fellows will work with a mentor, fellow scientists, and local communities as they undertake research designed to address coastal challenges.

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 

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MESSA Clean Up Event!
September 18th
9am - 12pm 
Waterfront Park - Pineapple Fountain



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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