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School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology

Transforming the way people live and thrive on Earth

Our Mission

The mission of the School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology is to acquire and share knowledge about the ocean, Earth and planets and to inform decisions about the utilization and conservation of the limited resources that sustain life on our “island Earth”, the one and only “blue planet” in the solar system. 


Human alteration of our planet’s natural systems has intensified over the past decades as a result of population growth, economic development, and the overuse of fuel, protein, and water resources. This has forced global consideration of resource stewardship, food and population security, and the economic stability of all nations on a rapidly changing landscape.

SOEST scientists and engineers are committed to providing solutions to some of these complex issues, including water, energy, and natural resource availability, hazard mitigation, and an improved understanding of the changing environment and climate. 

Through a sustained system of Earth and planetary observations, undergraduate and graduate education, technology development and utilization, and knowledge dissemination, we work to expand public awareness of ocean and Earth resources, ensure informed public policy and decision-making, and advance scientific understanding of complex and interconnected Earth and planetary systems.

Local Roots - Global Reputation

SOEST is one of the premier global institutions for ocean, earth, and planetary sciences and is the largest research and higher education program in the State of Hawai'i. SOEST is an innovative School, with a diverse research portfolio and great facilities to conduct groundbreaking interdisciplinary research.

Our reach and renown are global but we remain firmly rooted in the Hawaiian Islands, where every day products of our research, training, and discovery impact lives and livelihoods.

Funding Priorities and Opportunities:

Student Support
  • Undergraduate scholarship: Support a SOEST undergraduate student for a year at a time ($3K gift), or through a named endowment that provides annual scholarships in perpetuity ($35K+)
  • Graduate fellowship: Support a SOEST graduate student for a year at a time ($5K gift), or through a named endowment that provides annual scholarships in perpetuity ($100K)
  • Student project support: Field trips, capstone research projects and Study Abroad enrich the student experience. Gifts dedicated to student project support (either annual gifts or endowments) pay for associated equipment, materials and travel costs.
  • Native Hawaiian OEST: SOEST is increasing its numbers of Native Hawaiian faculty and students. NHOEST provides peer mentoring and summer bridge programs ($10K one-time gift, or $200K endowment)
  • Retention and Career Program: Help SOEST retain students and prepare them for careers by supporting special freshman courses, workshops, graduate tutors and career fairs/lectures. ($100K endowment; $5K gift)
  • Internship: Have your organization sponsor an internship for a SOEST student.
Faculty Focus
  • Named Endowed Professorship: Support a distinguished faculty member by providing partial salary and/or program funds each year to support their teaching and research ($500K endowment)
  • Named Endowed Chair: Support a distinguished faculty member by providing  salary and/or program funds each year to support their teaching and research ($2M endowment)
  • Visiting Professorships: Support an expert visiting faculty member every two years for a semester at the School by providing associated expenses ($800K endowment; $40K gift)
Research Excellence

The School is an internationally-recognized leader in several research areas. Gifts to these or other designated research areas will help fund a graduate student and/or research equipment ($500K endowment; $25K gift).

  • Marine Biology and Coral Reefs
  • Volcanology
  • Renewable Energy
  • Oceanography
  • Tropical Meteorology
  • Climate Change
  • Coastal Processes and Resilience
  • Cosmochemistry and Planetary Science
  • Hawaii Space Flight Lab
  • Biomedicine
Outreach and Community Engagement
  • K-12 STEM Outreach: Support the School’s outreach and recruitment efforts through student visits to the School, visits by SOEST students and staff to K-12 schools, and recruitment fairs ($100K endowment; $5K gift)
  • STEM Student Ambassadors: Support SOEST students who are employed part-time as STEM ambassadors to help staff K-12 school outreach and other community functions ($100K endowment; $5K gift)
  • SeaGrant and Space Grant: Leverage SOEST education, outreach and extension services to our industry, agency and community partners ($200K endowment; $10K gift)

Questions? / More Information

If you would like to learn how you can support UH students and programs like this,
please contact us at 808 376-7800 or send us a message.