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Southern Miss Gulf Scholars Program


Are you interested in making the Mississippi gulf coast a better place to live, work, and learn?

The GSP wants to inspire interest and engagement in the sustainability and resiliency of the Gulf Region by building the capacity of our Gulf Scholars to address sustainability and resilience challenges within the region.

If you are interested in becoming a GSP scholar, complete the application below by March 1, 2024.

Become a Gulf Scholar

Become a Gulf Scholar Faculty Mentor

Faculty mentors will assist Gulf Scholars with academic advising and Gulf Impact Projects. Mentors will ensure Gulf Scholars are enrolled in GSP curriculum courses and help their assigned student(s) create a project centered around regional sustainability and resiliency.

If you are interested in becoming a GSP mentor, complete the application below.


Gulf Impact Project

Gulf Impact Projects are research projects where Gulf Scholars will address the broad categories of livable coasts; equity; risk, disaster, and security; and defining the good life. Each Gulf Impact Project will include a proposal, project, reflection, and dissemination, including peer and community partner review, at the Gulf Symposium hosted by the GSP. Scholars will complete the Gulf Impact Project in their senior year.

If you are a current Gulf Scholar and have been advised on your Gulf Impact Project, complete the form below.

Gulf Impact Project Proposal 

Natalie Santiago

Natalie Santiago’s Gulf Impact Project was titled Comparing the Distribution of Macroinvertebrate Communities above and below a Still in the Lower Bouie River. The purpose of the Project was to better understand how surrounding environments, species, and communities are affected by the health of surrounding waterways. The Project developed knowledge of the surrounding waterways along the Mississippi Gulf Coast, identified potential ways to determine the health of a body of water and how this affects the surrounding environments, communities, and species. Bioindicators were used to attempt to determine the ecosystem health to identify ways to create a more livable and resilient Gulf Region.

USM mentor Dr. Michael Andres assisted Natalie with her Gulf Impact Project. Dr. Andres is an Assistant Professor who specializes in linking connectivity of marine, estuarine, and freshwater habitats through the ecology of diadromous fishes and the parasites that call them home.

Maya Wood

Maya Wood’s Gulf Impact Project was titled A Coastal Community: How Small Business is Making a Big Impact on the Mississippi Coast. The purpose of the Project was to highlight local businesses by giving a voice and platform to Mississippi residents that showcase the people and places living along the vibrant Gulf Coast. The project consisted of 4 published stories in a special series ran through Seaside Social News. Each story included a roundup review of the small business climate per county/city in the identified industries/markets and their positive effects on the Gulf Coast region and surrounding communities as relates to sustainability, resiliency and efficiency.

Amanda Compton-Ortiz of Seaside Social News assisted Maya with her Gulf Impact Project. Seaside Social News is a local society resource for good news across the Mississippi Gulf Coast that hopes that you feel a sense of community when you venture through our stories of the vibrant coast life.

Gulf Scholars

  • Arlana Anthony - Biology
  • Ramona Chambers - Criminal Justice
  • Meredith Johnson - Marine Biology
  • Cole Moody - Criminal Justice
  • Peyton Murphy - Psychology
  • Rylie Reynolds - Psychology
  • Natalie Santiago - Marine Biology
  • Maya Wood - English


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Gulf Scholars Program

Physical Address

730 East Beach Blvd
Long Beach, MS 39560 

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