Oregon State University is leading an innovative approach to marine research and education through the Marine Studies Initiative, an ambitious university-wide commitment that will fundamentally change how we study the ocean and its wide-reaching impacts.
Become a partner in this exciting and groundbreaking initiative by making a gift today that will have a profound impact for Oregon State and the future of the earth’s coasts and ocean.
At the center of this development is the construction of a state-of-the-art, $50 million facility in Newport. Adjacent to the internationally respected Hatfield Marine Science Center on the Yaquina Bay, the facility will connect Oregon State students to world-class research facilities just steps from the Pacific Ocean.
This new facility will enable OSU to increase its teaching and research capacity by 20-25 faculty members. Together, these faculty and researchers will prepare the next generation of leaders in marine studies, with 500 students-in-residence across multiple disciplines studying throughout the year in Newport.
The Fund for Innovation provides much-needed unrestricted support for the Marine Studies Initiative. Unrestricted funds are critically important for the growth and development of this new initiative. They allow for important strategic planning opportunities, provide faculty and undergraduate research opportunities, and provide flexibility for MSI to take advantage of emerging opportunities.
Along Oregon’s coastline, students have access to the university's facilities such as the Hatfield Marine Science Center campus, and the Port Orford Field Station. These coastal facilities provide students with environments that encourage creative collaboration that have lifelong meaningful impacts. The Marine Studies Innovation Fund supports student learning opportunities at the coast such as;
Dungeness crab is an important part of the Northwest’s seafood heritage, and has been commercially harvested since the 1800’s. The Dungeness crab fishery is Oregon’s most valuable ‘single species’ fishery. Eder Family Fund for Dungeness Crab Research supports research related to Dungeness crab and/or its fishery.
The station supports access to this unique marine and terrestrial ecosystem for transdisciplinary research and education, community priorities, and economic opportunities. The field station has lab and classroom space, along with lodging for visiting scientists and students, and an air fill station for scientific and recreational divers.
Your donation will enhance our ability to continue to provide this vital support to students and researchers, and to expand our work in this hard-working rural community, as its residents embrace the new blue economy.
In addition to gifts of cash, donors can design a personal giving plan that combines the right asset with the right gift vehicle to meet their giving needs. Planned gifts include bequests, trusts, gift annuities, and other gift vehicles and can be funded with many different types of assets, including securities, real estate, CDs, and retirement assets. Contact our Gift Planning Office to learn more.
The Marine Studies Initiative is proud to be a part of the 1% for the Planet network, which connects business and nonprofits to protect the planet. If you own a business, consider joining 1% for the Planet, naming Marine Studies Initiative as your beneficiary.
For more information, visit onepercentfortheplanet.org/join.