Grants for Education in Microbial Science (GEMS)

Photo of a teacher at sea. C-MORE awards grants (up to $1500) to foster awareness in microbial science. Any educator may apply for one of these grants, but preference will be given to public school teachers, non-profit organizations, and first-time applicants. C-MORE-affiliated students and researchers are also encouraged to apply for grants to help fund their outreach activities. Funds may be requested for equipment, consumable supplies, substitute teacher compensation for relevant professional development experiences, bus transportation for field trips, and other projects related to microbial science. Every grant requires a C-MORE or University of Hawai‘i sponsor, so we expect this program to significantly promote interaction between C-MORE scientists, other stakeholders in science and education, teachers and students. To find a sponsor, please visit the C-MORE team webpage. Any member of the C-MORE team, including graduate students, can serve as a sponsor.


Applications are no longer accepted for GEMS program.

Final Project Reports

A one-page final project report (Word document) with photographs is due 30 days after the completion of your project. Please include the project title, author(s), school name(s) and date on top. Reports should be emailed to Below are some examples of final project reports. A signed media release is required for every individual who is featured in any photograph that you submit. Click here for media release waivers (Word .docs) for kids and adults. Please mail the signed waivers to Jim Foley, 1000 Pope Road, Honolulu, HI 96822. If you have any questions, please email



GEMS at the 2014 Ocean Sciences Meeting, February 23–28, Honolulu, HI
A series of GEMS grants were awarded to teachers and their middle and high school students, in support of their presentations and participation at the 2014 Ocean Sciences Meeting (OSM). Below find their reports about the OSM experience.

Completed Projects from Previous Years

Archived reports for 2007 through 2013 are available here.

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