Graduate School of Oceanography

URI’s Graduate School of Oceanography is one of the world’s premier academic institutions of oceanography and ocean exploration. GSO’s research, education, and outreach activities advance our knowledge of the world’s ocean.

Give to GSO


Thank you for your interest in supporting the Graduate School of Oceanography. We count on gifts to the GSO to maintain and enrich the educational experiences of our students and to support our research and outreach programs.

For further information about Friends of Oceanography, planned giving, or to discuss other giving opportunities, contact:

Ellen Anderson
Managing Director of Development, Marine and Environmental Sciences
URI Graduate School of Oceanography

GSO Alumni Association

Since its inception in 1961, GSO has graduated more than 950 students with Ph.D., M.S., and M.O. degrees. This tight knit group of staunch supporters of GSO live and work all around the globe. While 44% of GSO’s alumni have careers in academia, 23% work in government positions, 16% in industry, and 3% in the military. The GSO Alumni Association supports GSO through donations to the annual fund and volunteering time and energy to further the GSO Alumni Association’s mission, which is to support students through fellowships, Pell Marine Science Library purchases, and funds for student travel, equipment and supplies.

All GSO Alumni donors are recognized as Friends of Oceanography and noted in our publication for Friends and Alumni, Aboard GSO, as well as in the GSO annual report. In addition, those who donate $1,000 or more are recognized as members of the Trident Society.

Corporate Affiliates

GSO is recognized as Rhode Island’s center for marine studies and cutting-edge research and outreach. As such, GSO has developed a Corporate Affiliates Program to provide business leaders an inside perspective into the groundbreaking research, technology and initiatives taking place across the campus.

As members of the affiliates program, companies will be given first access to innovative research and technical developments, as well as the opportunity to engage with leading faculty, scientists, staff, students, and resources for mutual collaboration.

Online Giving

To make a secure gift online and become a member of the Friends of Oceanography, please visit and under “Ways to Give” navigate to the online giving option and select Fund for URI: GSO.

Planned Giving

A planned, or deferred gift – such as a bequest made through your will or a gift of life insurance – enables you to make a larger gift to GSO than you may thought possible, while providing financial security for you and your family.  There are other gift strategies that we welcome you to explore. We will be happy to work with you and your legal or financial counsel to develop a plan that will benefit you and GSO. For information the URI Foundation’s planned giving program, visit the Planned Giving page.

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