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Gulf Scholars Program

Panama City Beach, Florida


As a Gulf Scholar, you will build a foundational understanding of the diverse and complex history of the Gulf region; learn to work effectively across disciplines, cultures, and communities; apply ethics and social responsibility to innovative problem-solving; and combine these skills to make an impact in the Gulf of Mexico region and beyond. Any FAMU or FSU undergraduate is eligible to apply! 

Your academic, professional, community, and leadership development will be supported to launch you towards a future as a change agent focused on building more just, equitable, sustainable, and resilient communities. 

You may already have a deep, contextual understanding of the Gulf of Mexico region based on your lived experiences. These experiences are valuable and will be recognized and accounted for in your program of study. The GSP may be an opportunity to bring your lived experiences and community connections into your undergraduate education.


As a Gulf Scholar, you will complete four learning outcomes in preparation for your culminating GSP experience – participating in a team-based, community-driven Gulf Impact Project. (https://rider.eng.famu.fsu.edu/gsp) To help your team complete their project, you can apply for funding through the Gulf Impact Fund that supports the Gulf Impact Project. Your team will present your results at the annual Focus on the Gulf event. You will also be connected with a region-wide network working to advance the mission of creating a more just, equitable, sustainable, and resilient Gulf of Mexico region.

Program Expectations 

The Gulf Scholars Program typically takes 2-3 years to complete. Basic requirements:

basic requirements list


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Want to become a Gulf Scholar? Any FAMU or FSU undergrad may apply!


Upcoming Events

  • Focus on the Gulf – Thursday, April 7, 2022


FAMU or FSU faculty?

Community Group or Partner?

Connect with us! Email Maria-Paula McIntyre about how to get involved, mmcintyre@fsu.edu.


Send us an email! Kassie Ernst, kernst@eng.famu.fsu.edu or Byron Greene, byron.greene@famu.edu.

A student examing a steel beam in a lab

Two workers cleaning up oil and trash during the deepwater horizon aftermath



Founded by the Gulf Research Program, an agency within the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, the GSP is rooted in the grand vision of building a more just, equitable, sustainable and resilient Gulf of Mexico region. This vision stems from the larger mission to recover from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and prepare for additional social, economic, environmental, and climate stressors occurring throughout the region.

FAMU-FSU Gulf Scholars Leadership Team

Faculty Directors

  • Kassie Ernst, FAMU-FSU COE
  • Byron Greene, FAMU College of Science and Technology

Leadership Team

  • Community Engagement – Maria-Paula McIntyre, FSU Center for Leadership and Social Change
  • Co/Extracurricular Development – Lisa McClelland, FAMU College of Science and Technology
  • Curriculum Development – Ameya Kolarkar, FSU Center for the Advancement of Teaching (CAT) and Jayur Mehta, FSU Department of Anthropology
  • Gulf Impacts – Will Hill, RIDER Center
  • Gulf Scholar Support – Terrial Brown, FAMU College of Science and Technology and Chloe Dyal, FSU Higher Education Graduate Program
  • Interdisciplinary Capacity Building – Mike Mitchell, FSU Office of Research
  • Mentorship Support – Sophia Rahming, FSU CAT
  • Program Evaluation – Roxanne Hughes, National High Magnetic Field Laboratory
  • Strategic Planning – Richard Aló, FAMU College of Science and Technology and Jarrett L. Terry, FSU Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs Centers for Institutes, Community and Economic engagement