Funding Inclusive Research in Marine Science

A way to reach underrepresented college students in California
Carey Blakely, Roxanne Hoorn
Group of students standing and working around a table by the ocean

A new California Sea Grant program, Pathways to Inclusive Research Training, will provide research opportunities in marine and coastal science to California undergraduate students from underrepresented groups. 

For the 2023 grant cycle, eight projects were selected and will collectively receive up to $600,000 in Sea Grant funding from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. 

It is hoped that the program will increase retention in STEM of diverse groups and cultivate potential future leaders in coastal science. The Pathways program offers undergraduate students a unique, yearlong opportunity to be mentored by researchers and faculty who work for California research institutions.

Among the selected projects are:

  • the DIVErsity in Diving Program at the Marine Science Institute at the University of California Santa Barbara, which will provide gear, swim lessons and scientific dive training to students from historically marginalized communities. (Principal Investigator: Gretchen Hofmann; Co-PI: Jennifer Caselle)
  • RISE (Resilient Interdisciplinary Social-Ecological) Fellowship Pilot Program (Principal Investigator: Anastasia Quintana; Co-PIs: Tammy L. Elwell, Steve Gaines and Holly Roose)
MSI Principal Investigators