Virginia Institute of Marine Science

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

Support VIMS

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.

Priorities

PILLAR I: WHERE GREAT MINDS MEET | $10 MILLION

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

PILLAR II: MAKING THE REMARKABLE | $13 MILLION

ENGAGED LEARNING, INNOVATION AND COLLABORATION

Bay Data | $5 million

  • Chesapeake Bay Data Collection and Synthesis
    Annual Fish & Crab Surveys
    Water Quality Monitors
    Seasonal Assessment of Harmful Algae Cysts and Blooms
    Water Level and Shoreline Change Monitoring
    Nunnally Ichthyology Collection
    Baygrass Monitoring and Mapping
    Instrumentation Fund
    VIMS Eminent Scholars Program - allows faculty members to puruse synthesis of large data sets to better understand global change

“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

PILLAR III: A PASSION FOR IMPACT | $12 MILLION

Public Programs | $6 million
Outreach: Summer Camps, Teacher Training, Marine Science Day
Apps and Online Outreach
Chesapeake Convenings
Visitor’s Center

Sustainable Shellfish Aquaculture | $6 million
Industry Programming
Harmful Algae Blooms and Human Pathogens
Aquatic Disease Diagnostics
Eastern Shore Lab
Aquaculture Breeding Program
Industry Outreach and Extension

Fact Sheet

You can learn more about the VIMS goals & priorities in the fact sheet, which can be downloaded here.

  •  Amy Fisher ,  Director of Development, VIMS Executive Director, VIMS Foundation
  •  804-684-7101
  •   aefisher@vims.edu

W&M Impact News

An artist’s gift

William Sterling’s ’59 early interest in art prompted him to become a fine arts major at William & Mary. One of his thoughts before his death on New Year’s Eve last year was to leave a gift that would benefit the university’s Department of Art & Art History.

A wedding gift that keeps on giving

Megan Dorward ’07 is no stranger to the impact and importance of private giving. As a founding member of the Society of 1918, a member of the Alumni Association Board of Directors and a former member of the Annual Giving Board, she has made giving back to William & Mary an important part of her life. Now, she and her fiancé, Richard Brahan, are using their wedding as an opportunity to encourage others to join them in giving back and to create a lasting impact on others’ lives. In lieu of a traditional registry, they have established the Megan Dorward & Richard Brahan Wedding Scholarship and have encouraged their loved ones to make financial contributions to it in celebration of their wedding.