The Graduate College

Wellspring Coalition Project: Environmental Science Research Program

This program is designed to provide experiences and support to Black American undergraduates to help them prepare to enroll in environmental science Ph.D. programs, graduate, and become successful professionals within their field. We are looking for eligible undergraduate students who are interested in pursuing a Ph.D. in environmental sciences.

This program is supported by an Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Creating Equitable Pathways to STEM Graduate Education grant.


Stipends for award recipients will be $4,000 per semester. Funds are limited, and therefore limited awards will be made.


Interested students can apply for the program using the link below. You will need to upload a personal statement, an unofficial copy of your transcript, and a letter of recommendation from an academic advisor/mentor. Please make sure to submit the entire application (including attached files) at one time.

Apply Here

Note on Letter of Recommendation: If your advisor would prefer to upload their Letter of Recommendation on their own, they can do so using the Letter of Recommendation Submission Form.

Program Leadership Team

  • Clay S. Gloster Jr., Ph.D.
    Vice Provost for Graduate Research and Dean of the Graduate College
    N.C. A&T
  • Godfrey A. Uzochukwu, Ph.D.
    Senior Professor of Soil, Earth and Environmental Sciences
    N.C. A&T
  • Henry T. Frierson, Ph.D.
    Professor Emeritus, College of Education
    University of Florida
  • Keena A. Arbuthnot, Ph.D.
    Professor and Special Advisor to the President
    Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge
  • Madhu Khanna, Ph.D.
    Interim Director, Institute of Energy, Environment, and Sustainability
    University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Michael Abazinge, Ph.D.
    Professor, School of Environment and Associate Provost/ Graduate School Dean
    Florida A&M University
  • Preselfannie E. Whitfield McDaniels, Ph.D.
    Professor and Dean, Division of Graduate Studies
    Jackson State University
  • Elaine Turner, Ph.D.
    Professor and Dean of the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences
    University of Florida
  • Ramzi M. Kafoury, Ph.D.
    Associate Dean, College of Science, Engineering, and Technology
    Jackson State University