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.

The GSO Fund

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Friends of Oceanography

Founded in 1986 on the occasion of GSO’s 25th anniversary, the Friends of Oceanography has played an important role in supporting GSO’s educational, outreach, and research activities and building strong ties between GSO and its neighbors, alumni, partners, and supporters.

GSO is the Ocean State’s center for marine studies, cutting-edge research, global outreach, and is a source of pride for Rhode Islanders and University of Rhode Island alumni and friends alike. Our distinguished reputation is built upon more than half a century of research, education, and outreach. We educate world-renowned marine scientists, explore the depths of the oceans, inform the public on ocean issues, and apply state-of-the-art science to better predict hurricanes, build resiliency in coastal communities in response to sea-level rise and extreme weather events, develop fisheries and area management plans, and support national security.

The Friends of Oceanography program plays an important role in supporting GSO’s education, outreach, and research activities. All contributors to the University’s Fund for URI: GSO and other GSO funds are recognized as Friends of Oceanography, and have opportunities to learn about the rich variety of GSO’s programs and their impact on our state and nation. Your contribution will enable us to provide for:

  • Student fellowships
  • Acquisition of specialized research equipment
  • Campus improvements
  • Social and educational programs
  • Visiting speakers
  • Institutional advancement activities
  • Funds for the Dean to deploy for projects of opportunity
  • Publications associated with research and other activities taking place at GSO

All Friends of Oceanography are recognized 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.

Friends of Oceanography

GSO is one of the premier oceanographic institutions in the United States with a broad range of research, education, and outreach efforts. The cutting-edge research carried out at GSO ranges from basic research on how the ocean works to studying a broad set of topics related to environmental change. Climate change and global warming, rising sea level, ocean acidification, and possible species extinctions are but a few of the ocean topics that are of critical importance today, and ones that our faculty and graduate students are addressing and to which they are making important contributions. GSO has a very strong regional program focused on Narragansett Bay and surrounding waters.

Over the years, GSO has received critical support from individuals and foundations to fund important activities of the faculty, marine research scientists, graduate students, and staff. These contributors to GSO have been recognized as Friends of Oceanography and their support has had a major impact on our program.

The GSO Friends of Oceanography continues this tradition by recognizing all donors to GSO. Friends receive a number of benefits which include:

  • Invitations to seminars throughout the year
  • Special Friends of Oceanography lectures
  • Invitations to special events at the Narragansett Bay Campus
  • Mailings of our newsletter, Aboard GSO, twice a year
  • A quarterly email about events of interest at the Narragansett Bay Campus
  • GSO open houses and tours of R/V Endeavor and the Inner Space Center

Contributions from Friends make a significant impact on GSO and help achieve our outstanding oceanographic research and education mission. All donors to GSO will be recognized as a Friend.

To make a secure gift online and become a member of the Friends of Oceanography, please visit visit www.urifoundation.org/giveonline, and select Fund for URI:GSO.


All gifts will be recognized in an issue of Aboard GSO, as well as GSO’s annual report. In addition, we  recognize donors who contribute annual gifts of $1,000 as members of the Trident Society, named after GSO’s first oceanographic research vessel.

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