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

Estes’ endowment affords opportunity

Jean Berger Estes ’75 and Robey Estes ’74 recently made a commitment of $1.5 million to William & Mary’s Raymond A. Mason School of Business to help attract high-caliber students to W&M now and into the future. The couple established the Robey and Jean Estes Business Scholarship Endowment, which will provide need-based scholarships support to business students.

Institute for Integrative Conservation to be established at William & Mary with $19.3 million For the Bold gift

William & Mary has received a $19.3 million gift from an alumna who wishes to remain anonymous to establish a landmark Institute for Integrative Conservation (IIC). The gift will position the university as a global leader in transformational research to protect ecosystems and safeguard world populations. It will cultivate leaders prepared to drive policy, advance advocacy and inspire action at the local, national and international levels.

Together we rise

Over the last year I’ve had the chance to reflect on the importance of family. When I say family, I don’t just mean the traditional sense of family. I mean those in our lives who lift us as we climb, who help us overcome hardships and who remain a meaningful part of our journey — no matter where life takes us.