Studying at VIMS changed my life — I learned practical skills that helped me excel in the job market.
As an entrepreneur, I am excited to see the innovative spirit of our students and faculty. From oysters to microbeads, VIMS has a successful track record of fostering business development that positively impacts the environment, the economy and our way of life.
Charlie Natale ’82
VIMS Representative Campaign Steering Committee
Society’s greatest challenges in energy, natural resource management, sea level rise and the increasing intensity of storms and natural disasters all play out along our coasts. Your support will help VIMS rise to meet these challenges in the coming years.
For more than 75 years, the Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS) has offered real-world solutions to some of the most pressing challenges facing the Chesapeake Bay region and the world’s waterways. Our motto, “Science for the Bay, Impact for the World,” signifies our strength as an institution and our ability to lead positive change around the globe.
We take great pride in our unparalleled commitment to academic excellence, which has helped solidify our standing as a world leader in marine research and advisory science. Our unique blend of research, faculty-student collaboration and entrepreneurial programming profoundly impacts the quality of coastal and marine life, creates jobs and benefits the economy.
With your support, VIMS can build on this tradition of excellence and allow us to reach new heights. An investment in VIMS can make a lasting impact for Chesapeake Bay and generations to come.
John T. Wells
Dean and Director
Virginia Institute of Marine Sciences
Amy Fisher, Director of Development, VIMS Executive Director, VIMS Foundation
SCHOLARSHIPS | $7 million
Dean and Director’s Scholars | $7 million
Seven fully funded graduate fellowships
TEACHING EXCELLENCE | $3 million
Sustainable Shellfish Aquaculture | $3 million
Distinguished Endowed Professorship
ENGAGED LEARNING, INNOVATION AND COLLABORATION
Bay Data | $5 million
“Marine Entrepreneurship” | $8 million
Dean and Director’s Innovation Fund | $6 million
Business, Entrepreneurship & Leadership Student Programming | $1 million
Naming opportunity for 93-foot research vessel | $1 million
Public Programs | $6 million
Outreach: Summer Camps, Teacher Training, Marine Science Day
Apps and Online Outreach
Sustainable Shellfish Aquaculture | $6 million
Harmful Algae Blooms and Human Pathogens
Aquatic Disease Diagnostics
Eastern Shore Lab
Aquaculture Breeding Program
Industry Outreach and Extension
You can learn more about the VIMS goals & priorities in the fact sheet, which can be downloaded here.