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Heidi Lynn Sculthorpe Scholars

The Heidi Lynn Sculthorpe Scholars program supports students and faculty of all disciplines in pursuing their passions for marine and coastal issues through experiential research. The program provides grant opportunities for student researchers and faculty mentors to conduct projects of their own design that advance the Urban Coast Institute’s mission and Monmouth’s Strategic Plan. Each year, the program funds dozens of hands-on research positions that provide real-world experience to students while helping make a positive impact in coastal communities. Taking advantage Monmouth’s location a mile from the world’s greatest laboratory – the New Jersey coast – students can explore the region’s diverse ocean and coastal environments, including through journeys aboard the University’s three research vessels.

Monmouth University students and faculty can apply for:

  • Faculty Enrichment Grants for the enhancement of existing curriculum, new curriculum development, research and scholarship, and team-teaching opportunities.
  • Mini-Grants for conference fees, symposia, guest speaker honoraria, equipment and supplies, and other needs.
  • Student-Faculty Collaborative Summer Research Grants for projects either proposed by students with the support of a faculty mentor or proposed by a faculty member to enable students to conduct research with them.

Video: Science Summer Research at Monmouth University

Support Our Program

Heidi Lynn Sculthorpe Scholars are supported by funds contributed through the generosity of private and corporate donors to the Urban Coast Institute through the Heidi Lynn Sculthorpe Scholars Program. Donors may also establish an endowed or annual scholarship. Click here to give a gift today or learn more about giving opportunities by contacting Tony MacDonald at

News & Activities

A sample of recent stories, videos, photos and other content highlighting work supported through the UCI Scholars program

UCI Grants to Support Love Blue Monmouth Beach Cleanups, Humpback Whale Research, March 2024

UCI Awards 2023 Endowed Scholarships to Seven Students, October 2023

Poster Presentation: Brooke van de Sande on Detecting Whales with eDNA, August 2023

Poster Presentation: Nicole Cappolina on Sea Level Rise Implications for Clam Cove Island, August 2023

Monmouth University Study Finds Rain-Driven Microbial Pollution Persists at Surfing Beaches in Colder Months, August 2023

Monmouth Students Developing Mobile Version of Mid-Atlantic Ocean Data Portal Map Viewer, May 2023

UCI Awards Heidi Lynn Sculthorpe Scholars Grants for Five Summer Research Projects, May 2023

Professor and Student Travel to India for Conference, March 2023

Study: Deal Lake Caught in Seasonal Cycle of Harmful Algal Blooms, January 2023

Ecotherapy: Improving Mental Health through Spending Time with Nature, November 2022

‘Tracking Sandy: Monmouth County Remembers’ Student Poster Exhibit Opening Oct. 28, September 2022

Watch: Summer Research on Eastern Box Turtle Distributions in Weltz Park, August 2022

Watch: Monmouth U. Video Segment on Emma Gould’s Summer Research on Ghost Forests, August 2022

Prof. Meyer Exhibits in “SHAPESHIFT” at Fridman Gallery, July 2022

Heidi Lynn Sculthorpe Scholars Launch Summer Research Projects, June 2022

Four Students Awarded UCI Endowed Scholarships, June 2022

Monmouth Partners with NOAA Internship Program to Build Diversity in Marine Fields, June 2022

Monmouth’s Ajmera Serves on Closing Panel of Mid-Atlantic Ocean Forum, May 2022

UCI Grants to Support School Green Teams, Sculpture Installation, February 2022

Prof. Ramírez and Student to Present Research at International Population Conference, November 2021

Student Q&A: Riya Ajmera on Mitigating Offshore Wind Farm Impacts on Marine Environments, October 2021

Student Q&A: Kyra Velock on Implementing the Biden Administration’s ’30 by 30’ Initiative in the Mid-Atlantic, September 2021

‘Paradoxical Paradise’ Shares Asbury Park’s African American History through Multimedia, Archival Documents, August 2021

Watch: Summer Research Students Present Projects, August 2021

UCI to Support Studies of N.J. Sea Level Rise Real Estate Impacts, Youth Climate Activism, Ecotherapy, July 2021

Eight Students Receive UCI Summer Research Support, May 2021

Knowing the Flow: Testing Current Meter Technology, March 2021

Student Researcher Examines Climate Change Communication in India, February 2021

Student Film Explores Climate Gentrification Threat, History of Redlining in Asbury Park’s West Side, December 2020

UCI Awards Grants for Projects that Support and Research Socially Vulnerable Communities in Time of COVID-19, November 2020

Cresson Puts Marine Life Under a Microscope in New Art Collection, November 2020

Watch: Monmouth Researchers Explore Revolutionary War Shipwrecks from the Sky, September 2020

Student Papers Examine Discriminatory Barriers to Beach Access, Climate Threats to Right Whales, September 2020

Who Lives in the Lower Hudson-Raritan Estuary? Comparing Net Results, Genetics, August 2020

Trip Diary: Hurricane Research Gliders Launched from Monmouth Vessel, July 2020

Watch: Dr. Sterrett and Students Conduct Takanassee Lake Turtle Research, July 2020

UCI Heidi Lynn Sculthorpe Scholars Kick Off Summer Research, June 2020

Three Monmouth Students Earn Prestigious NOAA Hollings Scholarships, April 2020

In Search of General Washington’s Galley, April 2020

PHAB Lab Students Honored for Branchport Creek Research, December 2019

Video: UCI and Rutgers Deploy Naval Gliders for Hurricane Research, October 2019

Watch: Students Discuss Summer Science Research Projects, September 2019

Ocean Inspires Student Poster Designs, September 2019

UCI and Monmouth Students Pitch in to Restore Barnegat Bay Oysters, September 2019

Story Map Tells a Tale of Two Shores: Sandy Hook and Eleuthera, July 2019

UCI Scholars Program to Support Six Summer Research Projects, May 2019

Professor and Communication Students Study Gentrification, Record Residents’ Perspectives on Asbury Park’s History, March 2019

Tag Team: Monmouth researchers are tracking sharks off the coast of New Jersey in an effort to better understand how improper catch and release affects their numbers, November 2018

Videos: Students Present Summer 2018 Research Projects, September 2018

Shark Week Spotlight: Tagging Smooth Dogfish, July 2018

Photos: Shark Tagging Aboard the R/V Heidi Lynn Sculthorpe, July 2018

Six Summer Research Projects Receive UCI Support, May 2018

Discovering the Ecological Self through Art and Science, May 2018

Research Indicates Climate Change Will Alter Makeup of Coastal Forests, November 2017

Video: Science Summer Research at Monmouth University, November 2017

Videos: Students Present Summer 2017 Research Projects, November 2017

Photos: Coastal Forest Saltwater Exposure Study, August 2017

Photos: Lake Como ASV Research, August 2017

Tracking the Sharks of the Jersey Shore, August 2017

Catching Ghosts: On the hunt with Monmouth faculty and students working to stop a stealthy killer that’s decimating the Barnegat Bay ecosystem, August 2017

Photos: The Sharks of the Jersey Shore, July 2017

UCI Awards Grants for 11 Student-Faculty Research Projects, May 2017

Surge in Sturgeon? MU Researchers Track Endangered Fish in Sandy Hook Bay and Beyond, March 2017

MU Scientists Seek Evidence of Climate Trends in Coastal Tree Ring Patterns, November 2016

Watch: MU Students Share Summer Research Work, August 2016

Studies of Climate & Coastal Forests, Shore Walkability, NWS Earle Sturgeon Among Fall Grant Projects, August 2016

Research Will Help Public Visualize Flood Levels During Sandy, August 2016

Students Work to Help Oysters Rebound in Barnegat Bay, August 2016

UCI to Fund 14 Student-Faculty Summer Research Projects, June 2016

‘Forensics for Aquatic Life’: eDNA Research at Monmouth U., June 2016

Photos: eDNA Research at Wreck Pond, May 2016

Videos: UCI Student Research Panel Roundtable, April 2016

Marine Scientist, MU Students Bust ‘Ghost Fishing’ in Barnegat Bay, March 2016

UCI Awards Spring Marine Science & Policy Initiative Grants; New Opportunities Available, March 2016

Photos: Barnegat Bay Marine Debris Search, February 2016