The Graduate School of Oceanography

Advancing knowledge of the oceans

The Graduate School of Oceanography makes essential contributions to humanity’s understanding of the world’s oceans—from Narragansett Bay to the Antarctic. We educate marine scientists, students, policymakers, business leaders, and citizens to address present and future marine challenges.

Our Campaign Goals

Renew the Narragansett Bay Campus with $10 million in private funding
Build up Dean's Leadership Fund for instrumentation and facility upgrades
Inner Space Center enhancements: telepresence, teaching labs, new technology
Coastal waters research vessel as a research facility and living classroom

Graduate School of Oceanography Points of Distinction

Narragansett Bay Campus

Overlooking the West Passage of Narragansett Bay, this 153-acre campus is home to GSO and serves the URI Department of Ocean Engineering and College of the Environment and Life Sciences. With its multidisciplinary collection of internationally recognized experts, the Bay Campus is a hub for ocean science research, education, and outreach.

Premier Research Vessels

The R/V Endeavor is nearing the end of its 45 years of ocean-going interdisciplinary research expeditions. In 2018, the National Science Foundation selected the East Coast Oceanographic Consortium, led by GSO, to operate and homeport one of only three state-of-the-art research vessels in its class. The new vessel, Narragansett Dawn, is scheduled for delivery to RI in 2023.

Ocean Exploration Cooperative Institute

The institute, one of the largest research initiatives in the University’s history, provides leadership and coordination for five research institutions in support of ocean exploration and responsible resource management, while improving the scientific understanding of the deep sea and strengthening the nation’s blue economy. The OECI aims to explore the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) of the United States, the 50% of our country “under water” and currently unexplored.

Inner Space Center

The Inner Space Center (ISC) conducts ocean exploration via live video and remote control. A diverse team of scientists, engineers, educators, and video producers make the center an international hub and inspiration for future ocean explorers.

Coastal Resources Center

The Coastal Resources Center (CRC) helps communities understand, cultivate, and sustain their marine resources. Working with the public, other universities, industry, and government, we respond to critical issues of marine management and conservation around the world.

Globally Recognized Leader in Oceanography

The Endeavor and new research vessel, the ISC, the CRC, and outreach programs make GSO a globally recognized leader in understanding and sustaining our ocean. We are proud of extensive international partnerships with researchers, students, and communities the world over.

Giving Opportunities

Dean’s Leadership Fund
Major gifts of $250,000 and up to support our research enterprise with major instrumentation, core facility funding, and related staff support to enhance faculty productivity.
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RhodyNow: GSO
Raise $150,000 to provide timely, flexible resources to meet critical needs for students, staff, and facility renovations. Examples of use include student travel, renovations to key facilities like the Mosby Center and the Corless Auditorium, Aboard GSO magazine, and critical positions beyond state budget levels.
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Endowed Professorship
Establish permanent funding for a faculty position focused on the intersection of marine science, policy, and management to promote interdisciplinary problem-solving.
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New Research Building – Essential Upgrade
Replace the 50-year-old Horn Research Lab with a state-of-the-art facility for research in geological and biological oceanography.
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Advanced Facilities – Ocean Technology Building
Create a new building where oceanography and ocean engineering meet: a space for researchers to develop innovative systems and equipment for research vessels that transform the practice of marine sciences.
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Enhanced Technology – Inner Space Center
Expand the ISC's reach as a leading facility with strategic upgrades: a telepresence conference room, an advanced autonomous vehicle mission control and teaching lab, a studio, and tech support for regional class research vessels.
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Coastal Waters Research Vessel
A nearshore research vessel would benefit GSO and the College of the Environment and Life Sciences. The envisioned 30-passenger vessel would also serve as a living classroom for K-12 students and undergraduates.
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