Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi - College of Science and Engineering/ Department of Life Sciences/ Fisheries and Mariculture Program


Coverdell Fellows will receive a Coverdell $1000/ academic year tuition scholarship, Teaching Assistantship (20 hr/wk; currently $10,800/academic year), out-of-state tuition waiver (if needed, currently $3,672/semester saving), or a combination of these.

Program Description

Keep the feeling you enjoyed while assisting others during your Peace Corps tenure. Earn your Master of Science degree in Fisheries and Mariculture while gaining the skills necessary for public or private positions in fisheries management or mariculture production.  Help preserve and sustainably utilize our ocean’s natural resources.  Eligible returned Peace Corps, Peace Corps Response, and Global Health Service Partnership volunteers have an opportunity to continue their education and obtain a Master of Science degree in the Fisheries and Mariculture (FAMA) Program through the Paul D. Coverdell Fellows Program.  FAMA offers $1000 per academic year Coverdell Fellowships, which also allows out-of-state Fellows to qualify for in-state tuition.  Other financial support may include teaching assistantships, research assistantships, and scholarships.  Our students enjoy a low student-faculty ratio.  FAMA prepares you for a career in either the private or public sector in fisheries, mariculture or aquaculture through a rigorous core curriculum combined with an intensive hands-on research or internship project.

During the first academic year the Coverdell Fellows program coordinator will assist the student with identifying internship opportunities or even creating a new opportunity.  After establishing an internship, the Fellow is required to submit a proposal to their committee that will outline the project and its goal.  The project may take many forms, from policy to basic research, depending on the career goal of the Fellow, which is why the mentor match is crucial at the beginning.  Fellows will spend 20-40 hrs/wk from 6-12 months in their internship before presenting their Professional Paper or Thesis Research to their committee for review and defense.


All persons seeking admission to the program apply for graduate school admission through the College of Graduate Studies (http://gradschool.tamucc.edu/index.html).  Basic university requirements must be met.  Evaluation and selection of students follow guidelines for all applications (http://catalog.tamucc.edu/preview_program.php?catoid=11&poid=894), such as having a mentor-match and meeting educational requirements (e.g., minimum 3.0 GPA in last 60 credit hours to have a teaching assistantship or receive scholarships).  The Fisheries and Mariculture Program requires that potential students include a letter of intent explaining the student’s educational and career goals, three letters of evaluation from people familiar with their potential for graduate studies, transcripts of all previous undergraduate and graduate education, and Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores that are not more than five (5) years old.  Applicants must include a list of the names of TAMU-CC faculty members whom they have contacted concerning mentorship.  All relevant supplemental materials, such as publications or resumes that include information about relevant experiences, submitted with the application are considered.  Completed applications must be received by the College of Graduate Studies by the specified priority deadlines or final deadlines.  Incomplete applications are not considered. The applicant will be notified of acceptance or rejection by letter or e-mail.

Program Contacts

Coordinator name 
John Scarpa

Coordinator title 
Associate Professor of Aquaculture, Peace Corps Coverdell Program Coordinator

Coordinator email address
[email protected]

Coordinator phone number 
(361) 825-2369

Coordinator mailing address
Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi
Department of Life Sciences
6300 Ocean Drive (Unit 5800)
Corpus Christi, TX  78412-5800