Gulf Scholars Program

Gulf Scholars program


You can earn your degree while doing meaningful and effective work in this community as a Gulf Scholar! The Gulf Scholars Program (GSP) prepares undergraduates to collaboratively tackle big challenges. Throughout the GSP, you will:

  • Learn about the complex and dynamic United States Gulf of Mexico Region
  • Participate in community engagement workshops and activities
  • Work with peers, faculty/staff, and community members on a Gulf Impact Project

You may already have a deep understanding of the 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.


Application Information

  • Be an undergraduate in good academic standing at FAMU or FSU
  • Have at least 4 semesters remaining as an undergraduate student


Any FAMU or FSU undergrad may apply. All majors welcome!

We accept students of all majors and are committed to diversity and creating an equitable and inclusive environment. Applicants should plan to complete the program in 2-3 years.


Faculty Mentorship Opportunity!

  • If you are a FSU or FAMU faculty member and are interested in working with Gulf Scholars on their Gulf Impact Project, please email the program at

Gulf Scholars sitting together on the grass
Photo credit: Rahni Wright

Photo credit: Will Hill

FAMU-FSU Gulf Scholars Leadership Team

  • Program Director - Kassie Ernst, Ph.D., FAMU-FSU COE
  • Program Manager - Rahni Wright, FAMU-FSU COE
  • Community Engagement - Maria-Paul McIntyre, FSU Center for Leadership and Service
  • Curriculum Development - Jayur Mehta, Ph.D., FSU Department of Anthropology
  • Interdisciplinary Capacity Building – Evangeline Coker, FSU Office of Research
  • Mentorship - Sophia Rahming, Ph.D., FSU CAT
  • Program Evaluation - Roxanne Hughes, Ph.D., National High Magnetic Field Laboratory
  • Strategic Planning - Jarrett L. Terry, FSU Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs Centers for Institutes, Community and Economic engagement
  • FAMU Partnership – Richard Aló, Ph.D., and Richard Long, Ph.D., FAMU College of Science and Technology

Funding and History

The GSP is committed to the goal of building a more just, equitable, sustainable and resilient Gulf of Mexico Region. Funded by the Gulf Research Program, this vision stems from the effort to recover from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and prepare for additional social, economic, environmental, and climate stressors occurring throughout the region.

The Gulf Research Program is funded by the largest environmental damage settlement in U.S. history – a $20.8 billion settlement reached to attempt to restore the damages done by the April 20, 2010 Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill. The spill killed 11 people, injured 17 and spewed 3.19 million barrels (almost 134 million gallons) of oil across the Gulf of Mexico.

Photo credit: Will Hill

Photo credit: Grace Lin

Photo credit: Kassie Ernst, Ph.D.