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Moss Landing Marine Labs Student Scholarships 2020

$22,835
152%
Raised toward our $15,000 Goal
188 Donors
Project has ended
Project ended on May 08, at 11:55 PM PDT
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Moss Landing Marine Labs Student Scholarships 2020

Who are we?

We are the graduate students at Moss Landing Marine Labs. Moss Landing Marine Laboratories (MLML) and San José State University administer the Master of Science in Marine Science program for California State Universities in northern and central California, which is dedicated to the pursuit of excellence in both education and research. Our marine operations department, active research diving program, and state of the art equipment allow for cutting edge research in a wide variety of disciplines including: marine ecology; the biology of seaweeds, invertebrates, fishes, turtles, birds, and mammals; oceanography and marine geology; chemistry and biogeochemistry. MLML is known for a hands-on, field-oriented approach which places our students, faculty, researchers, and staff at the frontiers of marine science worldwide where discoveries are being made. MLML provides the skills and training so students become successful scientists, teachers and resource managers serving societal needs involving marine issues.

Why are we raising money?

Every year, MLML students come together to raise funds for scholarships that support student research. Typically, we organize and run a large, two-day educational fundraising event called Open House. The goal of this event is to engage members of the public in educational activities and display the research that is made possible by these student scholarships. 

To minimize the spread of the COVID-19 virus, we had no choice but to cancel this year’s Open House despite extensive work preparing for it. Last year’s event attracted almost 5,000 visitors and raised over $10,000 towards student scholarships. In lieu of the event, we would like to use this crowdfunding campaign to raise money for student scholarships. We’re hoping to show how our community's support can help us to meet our scholarship fundraising goals, as we continue to educate the public through this page and our updates.

How can you help?

There are two ways you can support MLML's student scholarships!

1. Donate to this crowdfunding campaign! Every little bit helps!

2. SPREAD THE WORD! Share this crowdfunding campaign on your social media platforms and through email!

Your contribution will support our student scholarships. We will be sending a special thank you to all of you on our social media platforms at the end of the crowdfunding event. We will also post to our crowdfunding page with updates on student progress.

 

**Due to the high interest we received following the canceling of our 2020 Open House, we will be selling new student-designed t-shirts (2020 designs below). If you are interested in ordering one, you will be able to purchase a shirt using the T-Shirt Purchase donation level. We will reach out to all $20 donors at the end of the crowdfunding campaign to determine your desired t-shirt size and coordinate pick up! T-Shirt design:

T-Shirt Front
T-Shirt Back

 

Levels
Choose a giving level

$15

Sea Star Donor

You will receive a special thank you letter for your donation with a final update on our fundraising goal.

$20

T-Shirt Purchase

This is a non-tax deductible contribution, for which you will receive a thank you letter and one of this year’s Open House t-shirts. We will be in contact with all donors for your preferred shirt size.

$25

Anemone Donor

You will receive a special thank you letter for your donation with a final update on our fundraising goal.

$50

Giant Kelp Donor

Your donation could fund the equivalent of one pair of digital calipers or a spring scale, both of which are essential tools for sea turtle research. You will receive a special thank you letter with a final update on our fundraising goal and a MLML sticker for your donation.

$100

Nudibranch Donor

Your donation could fund up to a full season of sampling supplies for a student’s thesis research. You will receive a special thank you letter with a final update on our fundraising goal and a MLML sticker or magnet for your donation.

$200

Rockfish Donor

Your donation could support a portion of a student's tags for acoustic research or transportation costs for field research. You will receive a special thank you letter with a final update on our fundraising goal and a MLML sticker or a magnet for your donation. In addition, we will enter you in a raffle to have one of our graduate students virtually speak with you (i.e. Skype or Google Hangout) about their research, our facilities, or a marine science topic of your choosing.

$500

Sea Otter Donor

Your donation will fund one full student scholarship. You will receive a special thank you letter with a final update on our fundraising goal and a MLML mug or wine glass for your donation. In addition, you will be invited to participate in a lab tour and tasting event, featuring seaweed and abalone grown at our aquaculture facility.

$1,000

Humpback Whale Donor

Your donation could fund up to two full student scholarships. You will receive a special thank you letter with a final update on our fundraising goal, a tote bag, and a MLML hat or t-shirt for your donation. In addition, you will be invited to participate in a lab tour and tasting event, featuring seaweed and abalone grown at our aquaculture facility.

$2,000

White Shark Donor

Your donation will fund our largest student body scholarship, the MLML Scholar Award. You will receive a special thank you letter with a final update on our fundraising goal, a mug or wine glass, and a MLML sweatshirt for your donation. In addition, you will be invited to participate in a lab tour and tasting event, featuring seaweed and abalone grown at our aquaculture facility.