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

New facilities for research and interdisciplinary collaboration
Professorship for coastal science and management
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

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 awarded GSO the R/V Resolution, one of only three state-of-the-art vessels in its class.

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.

Narragansett Bay Campus

Our location on Narragansett Bay means we can provide vital information regarding New England’s marine environment to public leaders, introduce K-12 students to oceanography, and inform policy decisions about our national shoreline.

Globally Recognized Leader in Oceanography

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

Giving Opportunities

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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Advanced Facilities – GSO East
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 Innovation and Technology
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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