Diversity at Scripps

The diversity of personal experiences, values, and worldviews that arise from differences of culture and circumstance among students, faculty, and staff at Scripps Institution of Oceanography strengthens our institution and our mission. Interdisciplinary research collaborations advancing human understanding of Earth systems benefit from the diverse talents and backgrounds of team members from all over the world.

Scripps researchers serve on panels and commissions charged with analyzing complex global problems and generating solutions, where heterogeneity of perspectives and expertise is understood as a critical asset. Scripps also recognizes the value of basic science literacy across the socioeconomic spectrum, and actively seeks opportunities to engage diverse audiences in learning about what we do.

Diversity News

Octavio Aburto-Oropeza.

A Mexican scientist at Scripps pushes beyond the traditional boundaries of science.

Scripps Students Bring Cutting Edge Science to Local K-12 Classrooms

Unique outreach program places Scripps students in diverse classrooms across San Diego

Noelle Bowlin

Profiles in Diversity: Illuminating Unknown Paths

Scripps graduate student works to enlighten diverse audiences about unfamiliar careers

STEM Initiative Aims to Help Students Grapple With 'Oceans of Data'

At a time when researchers in science and related fields are compiling vast quantities of readily available data, a new initiative is designed to help students and educators make use of that information to inform and inspire learning.

Kent State University undergraduate student Alicia Highland describes the research she did during the Scripps Undergraduate Research Fellowship

Getting Their Feet Wet

The results of more than a dozen divergent experiences were on display at Scripps’s Martin Johnson House, as college students from around the country presented the work they did in the 10-week Scripps Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) program.

Geoff Cromwell with Upward Bound students

Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego hosted a group of high school seniors from northern San Diego County for an immersive program filled with science experiments, lab tours, and beach exploration. 

UC San Diego undergraduate student Tsz Fung (Garfield) Kwan

Living the Dream: Scripps Oceanography graduates first class of undergraduate marine biology majors

Recently, Scripps education programs have grown again, now to include more and more undergraduate students majoring in Scripps sciences. In particular, the highly anticipated marine biology major that launched in Fall 2012 is proving to be very popular. Enrollments have doubled–from 70 to 142–in just one year.

Student in cold weather gear in Alaska

Profiles in Diversity: Call of the North

In the fifth year of collaboration between the Whale Acoustics Lab at Scripps and Mt. Edgecumbe High School in Sitka, Alaska, the SeaTech Arctic Marine Bioacoustics Symposium marked the annual culmination of a groundbreaking research and technology program in which students contribute to and actively participate in Scripps research.

Recipients receiving award from Chancellor Khosla

Head Aquarists Recognized by UC San Diego for Diversity Efforts

Head aquarists Fernando Nosratpour and Leslee Matsushige  honored for their commitment to outreach
OnBoard Blog, Feb.15, 2013

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New partnership with Howard University expands research opportunities for undergraduates

Scripps is excited to welcome Howard University undergraduate students interested in exploring scientific questions and gaining hands-on laboratory and field research experience, through mentored research internships (8 weeks during the summer), starting in 2013.  Check out the Pathways program and other opportunities for undergraduates to work under the guidance of faculty mentors on a wide range of projects on the leading edge of scientific discovery.
October 2012


Lighting a Spark for Science

Underrepresented students gain valuable hands-on research experience at Scripps through summer programs.
Summer 2012


Scripps well represented among 2011 UCSD Diversity Award Winners

Three Scripps diversity champions honored at UC San Diego ceremony
April 16, 2012


UCSD Honors Diversity Efforts at Scripps

Fifteen individuals from Scripps and Birch Aquarium were recognized for their contributions to diversity at the 2010 UC San Diego Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action and Diversity Awards ceremony.  Congratulations to our winners:


Feb. 8, 2011

High School Students Focus on the Future

Students, teachers from Compton High dive into oceanography at Scripps

explorations - Around the Pier, Sept/Oct 2010


Three inducted into Bouchet Honor Society

Scripps students honored for promoting diversity in graduate education 
explorations - Around the Pier, May/June 2010


Encouraging students from underrepresented communities to choose UCSD

Scripps Director Tony Haymet adds a personal touch to offers of admission
Our University (UC Office of the President newsletter), March 2010


Work with Orphans Among Efforts Recognized at Annual Diversity Awards Ceremony

This Week @ UCSD, February 16, 2010


Bridging the Earth Science Gap

New Scripps fellowship program brings cutting-edge earth systems science into San Diego middle and high schools
explorations - Around the Pier, July/August 2009