The Impact of Your Gifts

Promoting science to save the Bay

Gifts from individuals and corporations help VIMS researchers create the fundamental knowledge needed to restore and sustainably manage Chesapeake Bay and the coastal ocean. Private giving also supports education and training of the next generation of marine scientists and policymakers.

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Private gift supports HAB research at VIMS

Local philanthropists Harry and Judy Wason fund purchase of an Imaging FlowCytobot to help Dr. Juliette Smith's research team detect harmful algal blooms in Chesapeake Bay.

Mermaid Cup raises funds for VIMS research

The Peninsula chapter of the Associated General Contractors (AGC) of Virginia hosted the 2nd annual Mermaid Cup golf tournament on October 27th at Kiln Creek Golf and Country Club in Newport News, in support of the Virginia Institute of Marine Science Foundation.

Dominion Foundation funds sea turtle nesting research

A grant of $30,000 from The Dominion Foundation, to William & Mary’s Virginia Institute of Marine Science will fund a study of sea turtle nesting along Virginia’s Atlantic seaboard.

Eastern Shore students pursue marine science internships

College students who hail from the Eastern Shore of Virginia presented their summer research projects to an audience of family members and donors at the VIMS Eastern Shore Laboratory in Wachapreague last week.

Private gift supports VIMS, W&M students in Antarctica

VIMS graduate student Patricia Thibodeau and W&M undergraduate Jack Conroy are currently conducting field research in Antarctica thanks in part to a generous gift from Adrian G. “Casey” Duplantier Jr. and 1st Advantage Federal Credit Union of Newport News.

Interns embark on careers in oyster aquaculture

VIMS recently celebrated the sixth group of interns to graduate from its Oyster Aquaculture Training Program during a reception on the Gloucester Point campus.

Annual event raises funds for VIMS

The Colonial Sail & Power Squadron raised more than $5,000 during its fifth annual fundraising event for VIMS on July 19th.

Parsons grant will enhance several research programs at VIMS

The Mary Morton Parsons Foundation has provided the VIMS Foundation with a leadership grant of $400,000 that researchers will use to purchase a state of the art “confocal” microscope capable of generating high-resolution 3-D images.

VIMS professors honored with Plumeri Awards

VIMS Professors Kenneth Moore and Deborah Steinberg have been selected as recipients of 2014 Plumeri Awards for Faculty Excellence at the College of William & Mary.

SunTrust gift supports VIMS graduate student

The Virginia Institute of Marine Science recently recognized graduate student Mark Stratton as the recipient of the SunTrust Mid-Atlantic Foundation Fellowship for 2013-2014.

VIMS professor’s legacy lives on through generous gift

The family of the late VIMS Professor of Marine Science Rebecca Dickhut has provided the Virginia Institute of Marine Science with a generous gift of $300,000 to establish The Rebecca Dickhut Endowment for Support of Students and Young Early Career Scientists.

Interns gain hands-on experience in oyster aquaculture

The Virginia Institute of Marine Science recently celebrated the graduation of four emerging professionals who will be joining the ranks of Chesapeake Bay’s rapidly growing oyster aquaculture industry.

Partnership nurtures oyster gardens—and gardeners

A recent gathering of “Master Oyster Gardeners” is the latest chapter in a fruitful partnership between VIMS scientists and members of the Tidewater Oyster Gardeners Association, or TOGA.

SunTrust gift supports VIMS graduate student

Gift from the SunTrust Mid-Atlantic Foundation culminates 5 year commitment, supports study of Chesapeake Bay ecosystem by Ph.D. student Sikai Peng.

VIMS faculty trio selected for Plumeri Awards

Professors Iris Anderson, Courtney Harris, and Roger Mann receive 2012 Plumeri Awards for Faculty Excellence in recognition of their exemplary achievements in teaching, research, and service.

Private gift supports Antarctic research

A gift from Adrian G. "Casey" Duplantier Jr. and 1st Advantage Federal Credit Union supports another season of field research for two W&M students.

VIMS trains interns in oyster aquaculture

VIMS begins a new program to train the skilled workers needed to advance Chesapeake Bay’s rapidly growing oyster-farming industry.

VIMS open house draws record crowd

VIMS' annual open house drew an estimated 2,000 visitors to Gloucester Point on May 30 for a day of fun and learning.

Turner sculptures to highlight VIMS Art Auction

VIMS' 2009 Art Show and Auction will feature the works of Eastern Shore sculptors William and David Turner, a father and son team known internationally for their wildlife sculptures in bronze.

Ferguson Gift Supports VIMS Graduate Students

Ferguson Enterprises of Newport News has pledged $75,000 to the Virginia Institute of Marine Science to support graduate student education and public outreach at the Gloucester Point campus.

Norfolk Dredging gift helps VIMS make history

A major gift from Norfolk Dredging Company will help VIMS researchers advance their studies of seafloor history and ecology. VIMS will use the funds to purchase an automatic core logger that can uncover a wealth of environmental data from seafloor sediment cores.

Norfolk Southern Gift

Norfolk Southern Corporation has committed $150,000 to VIMS to help purchase an Isotope Ratio Mass Spectrometer, an instrument that provides new opportunities for addressing important questions in marine ecology and conservation.

Dominion gift supports new VIMS building

Dominion of Richmond has given VIMS a $50,000 gift to help equip a distance-learning classroom in VIMS' new research building, Andrews Hall, which is scheduled to open in spring 2007.

Massey Foundation contributes $1 million to VIMS

The Massey Foundation of Richmond has committed an additional $500,000 to the Virginia Institute of Marine Science's 5-year capital campaign, doubling the Foundation's total contribution to $1 million.