DIVErsity in Diving

Promoting Diversity in the Marine Sciences

Group of 6 students in a boat, 4 girls, 2 boys, all smiling at the camera

The DIVErsity in Diving Program at MSI is designed to eliminate barriers for students interested in marine field work by providing financial support, mentorship, and guidance for those looking to become scientific divers. This program supports awardees in a variety of ways as they work towards becoming full-fledged scientific divers—including assisting with swimming proficiency, open water certification, selecting and purchasing gear, practice dives, scientific certification, and placement with a research group on campus—no previous underwater experience required.

For information, please contact Jenn Caselle at caselle@ucsb.edu or (805) 893–5144.

Opportunities for Student Divers

SCUBA diving is an essential skill required for many fields within the marine sciences. UCSB has the largest scientific diving program in the United States, yet the diversity of students entering the training programs does not reflect the diversity of our campus. For many students, getting certified to SCUBA dive can be daunting - physically, mentally and financially. Significant barriers exist to gaining all the necessary training, equipment and certifications required to conduct research underwater, especially for underrepresented students who may have no previous exposure to the ocean or this research tool.

Caselle's group in diving gears threading water


Applications are now open for the 2023-24 program.

Please read the Goals and Eligibility page, before applying. Deadline for applications is December 8, 2023.  Late applications will not be accepted.

You Can Make a Difference

Smiling female diver surfacing by her boat

Invest in Marine Science

By investing in marine science training at MSI, you not only make a difference in the academic career of a student, but you also support a future of environmental leadership that better reflects our society. $5,500 sponsors a student from initial open water certification through scientific diving certification and provides students with the gear and mentorship needed to succeed in underwater field research.


Santa Rosa Island from the  sea