BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — Louisiana State University has been selected as a Gulf Scholars Program (GSP) recipient.

Some of LSU majors have combined with each other and received $450,000 from the National Academy of Sciences towards a Gulf Renaissance Scholars Program. The effort will increase chances for undergraduate research to impact coastal communities.

The National Academies Gulf Research Program (GRP) selected 13 colleges and universities to be members of the Gulf Scholars Program. This program is a five-year, $12.7 million starter program that prepares undergraduate students to examine some of the most important challenges in the Gulf region.

“LSU has assembled a really solid and interdisciplinary team, which should be extremely valuable to preparing students for the complex challenges facing the region,” said Timothy Filbert, National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine Gulf Research Program Division program officer.

“The Gulf Scholars Program provides an opportunity to reach undergraduate students — many of whom have home ties to the Gulf region — and engage them in rigorous education and training on issues that directly impact their own communities,” said Karena Mothershed, senior program manager of the GRP’s Board on Gulf Education and Engagement. “We hope this program inspires students to envision a future in the Gulf region and work to make it an even better place to live, work, and thrive.”

This program is planned to last through 2025 and by the conclusion of the phase, the GRP wants to involve over 25 public and private universities across the Gulf region. This phase results in an extensive network of higher education partners working toward a better future.

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