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Gulf Scholars Program

Panama City Beach, Florida


Today’s students across the sciences, engineering, policy, planning, and other fields want to not only earn a degree but also give back to their communities and the world at large. The FAMU-FSU Gulf Scholars Program (GSP) aims to meet both of these desires by educating, supporting, and launching future leaders that understand the unique history of the Gulf region; work effectively across disciplines, cultures, and communities; apply social responsibility and ethical reasoning to problem-solving, and combine these skills and experiences to make an impact in the Gulf of Mexico region and beyond.

Any undergraduate student from FAMU or FSU can become a Gulf Scholar! The GSP supports and enables diverse Gulf Scholars in their academic, professional, community, and leadership development to launch them towards a future as change agents focused on building more just, equitable, sustainable, and resilient systems and communities.



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Save the date! – Focus on the Gulf – Thursday, April 7, 2022 (more details to come)

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

FAMU or FSU faculty?

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

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

Upcoming Events

  • Look for us at E-Week at the COE! February 20-26, 2022
  • Participate in the GSP Community Engagement Workshop Series (more details to come)
  • Focus on the Gulf – Thursday, April 7, 2022

Get a jumpstart on completing the Intercultural Knowledge and Awareness Competency! We’ve partnered with the FSU Center for Leadership and Social Change to create three workshops focused on community engagement:  

    • Engaging your Local Community – 3:30-5:30, February 22, 2022  
      • Learn how to support community initiatives respectfully and effectively. 
    • Bridging Spaces and People – 3:30-5:30, March 24, 2022 
      • Learn about the impact our background and identifies have on the relationships we develop across populations and organizations.  
    • Social Change in Action – 3:30-5:30, April 5, 2022  
      • Strategize how you can get involved across a variety of key impact areas!

    Sign-up here! Attending all three means you’ve accomplished GSP Learning Outcome 3! Not sure about the GSP? Any FAMU or FSU student can take these workshops! 

    A student examing a steel beam in a lab

    Program Details

    Gulf Scholars complete five learning outcomes in preparation for their culminating GSP experience – participating in a team-based, community-driven Gulf Impact Project. Scholars can apply for funding through the Gulf Impact Fund to support their Gulf Impact Projects and will present their results at the annual Focus on the Gulf event. Scholars 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.

    GSP Learning Outcomes

    1. Knowledge of the Gulf region
    2. Interdisciplinary and integrative learning
    3. Intercultural knowledge, awareness, and competence
    4. Social responsibility and ethical reasoning
    5. Innovation and entrepreneurship
    6. Complete a Gulf Impact Project
    GSP Learning Outcomes


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


    Funding and History

    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.

    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. As an entity, the Gulf Research Program aims to build just and equitable, sustainable and resilient communities in the Gulf of Mexico region in addition to other science, policy, planning, management, and community building efforts.

    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