2022 Cohort

In Fall 2021, eight sophomores were selected as Rice University’s inaugural group of Gulf Scholars through NAS’s Gulf Scholars Program. The program seeks to inspire and prepare undergraduate students to address challenges of resilience, such as natural hazards and climate stressors facing urban and industrial communities. Learn more about the cohort’s experience below:

Spring 2022 | Gulf Immersion Course

During the spring Gulf Immersion Course, the scholars met weekly to take a closer look at climate hazard impact, natural disaster recovery and community resilience in the gulf coast. The culmination of this course was the final project presentations, which allowed students to reflect on how the curriculum ties in to their own interests. The final project presentations were attended by faculty, students, and community members. To learn more, view the course syllabus

  • Chloe Chen | Evacuation Group Optimization
  • Alexander Cho | Population Changes and Development in Harris County
  • Shivani Gollapudi | Environmental Justice and Climate Hazard Resilience in Houston:A story told through data visualization and poetry
  • Evan Jasica | Engineering a Resilient Future: Hard and Soft Engineering for Houston Area Flooding
  • Hadley Medlock | Houston's Buffalo Bayou: A quick & comprehensive history, guide, and exploration of flood control
  • Valentina Osorio | An Understanding of the Causes and Effects of Inaccurate Measurement, Report, and Communication of Industrial Pollution
  • Madison Roy | The Flood and Me
  • Luis Verdin - Gomez | GIS StoryMap

Summer 2022 | Gulf Impact Project

Through a 10-week, participation in these projects will help Gulf Scholars develop the technical competencies, ethical frameworks, and interdisciplinary teaming skills required to effectively and equitably address resilience challenges and communicate outcomes of socially relevant and responsive resilience problem solving in Gulf Coast communities.

Fall 2022 | Gulf Resilience Seminar

This aspect of the program will serve as a synthesis of the community engaged learning experiences for the Scholars. Along with seminar and discussion sessions, this course will offer faculty-led Gulf Resilience Field Trips to continue to develop students’ contextual knowledge and understanding of Gulf resilience challenges.