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Centers and Outreach

BCCMWS LogoThe Burroughs & Chapin Center for Marine and Wetland Studies is the main research arm of the School of the Coastal Environment. Through its research activities the center actively partners with federal and state ‌agencies, local communities and the private sector to infuse the best available science into natural resource management benefiting the public. By providing direct opportunity to participate in real-­world studies, access to state-­of-­the-art instrumentation and applications and diverse professionals within the center and partnering agencies and universities, the center greatly advances the training and professional and academic development of Coastal Carolina University students in the area of marine and wetland sciences, management and policy.

The Waccamaw Watershed Academy (WWA) was established in 2004 under the aegis of the Burroughs & Chapin Center for Marine and Wetland Studies to meet local needs for expertise in the areas of watershed and wetland science and management. The mission of the academy is to deliver educational, research, and public outreach services to the university and the local region.

The Environmental Quality Laboratory (EQL) is a non-profit facility within the Burroughs & Chapin Center for Marine and Wetland Studies emphasizing education, research and community service.‌‌ The EQL is a state-certified analytical chemistry and microbiology laboratory focused on environmental investigations with the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control.

The CresCom Bank Center for Military and Veteran Studies focuses on the collection and preservation of oral history by veterans of the American Armed Forces in a partnership with the Military History Project at the U.S. Library of Congress, including the production of Military Memoirs a half-hour television program, and provides support and encouragement for scholarly activities, research, preservation and events related to American military history and American veterans, and more.