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Assistant Director of Communications and Special Projects
Sally Palmer
Office 361-749-6841
Cell 361-728-1025

The University of Texas
Marine Science Institute
750 Channel View Drive
Port Aransas, TX 78373
Phone: 361-749-6711

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Your gift helps to keep UTMSI a leading institution for marine science.


Giving to the Institute is an investment in the future for the Texas Gulf Coast, global oceans, and the sea life that inhabits those waters. Your gifts help us achieve our important goals in research, education, and outreach. Every gift matters, no matter its size, and there are many ways to contribute.

We have a wide selection of giving opportunities to allow you to make a choice that fits your individual preference and circumstances. Below are but some of the ways you can help. You can also help by contributing to a Planned Gift, Matching Gift, or Giving Priorities.

Student Scholarships and Fellowships Program Endowments and Excellence Funds
$50,000 Undergraduate Scholarship $25,000 Specific or General Program
$100,000 Graduate Fellowship Professorships and Chairs
$250,000 Endowed Presidential Fellowship $250,000 - $ 5,000,000

Perhaps the easiest way to help you make the gift of your choice is by contacting our Assistant Director of Communications and Special Projects Affairs, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 361-749-6841. She will be happy to meet with you and customize your gift.

It is important to the Marine Science Institute that we honor our donors and their names are proudly displayed both here and with memorial plaques in our Lyceum.


Endowed Chairs:

  • Nancy Lee and Perry R. Bass Regents Chair in Marine Science
  • Perry R. Bass Chair in Fisheries and Mariculture
  • H-E-B Endowed Chair in Marine Science
  • Mary Anderson Abell and Joseph Miles Abell, Jr., M.D. Endowed Chair in Marine Science

Special Gifts:

  • Coastal Conservation Association
  • Saltwater Fisheries Enhancement Association
  • Family of I.B. Magee
  • Interdependency (Jack and Valerie Guenther)
  • Bobby and Sherri Patton
  • Kent Ullberg

Director's Honor Society:

  • Ben F. Vaughan, III
  • Edith McAllister
  • Mary Anderson Abell
  • Todd Hunter
  • George "Jeeper" Morrill, Jr.
  • J. Oscar Robinson


  • The Abell Family Fund for Graduate Student Support
  • Julian C. Barton Regents Endowed Scholarship in Marine Science
  • Batterton Family Fund for Graduate Student Support
  • The Coastal Conservation Association Eugene William (Bill) Schwarzlose, III Graduate Student Endowment
  • Robert Ellington Farley & Cyrus Eugene Farley Excellence Fund in Marine Science
  • Laura Randall Schweppe Endowed Lecture Series in Marine Science at Port Aransas, Texas
  • Laura Brooks Flawn, M.D. Endowment Fund
  • E. J. Lund Scholarship Founders Fellowship for Graduate Students of Exceptional Merit
  • Harry deButts Page Endowed Fellowship in Marine Science
  • Port Aransas Rod and Reel Club Fund for Graduate Student Support
  • James Howell Stuckey Scholarship Fund in Marine Science
  • Jane Johnson Wilson Endowment for the Marine Science Institute
  • Timothy David Baker Endowed Scholarship in Marine and Freshwater Biology
  • Michael F. Koehl, M.D. Endowed Excellent Fund for Undergraduate Research Fellowships
  • Rachael Dougherty Vaughan Endowed Excellence Fund in Estuarine Studies
  • Sibyl Ranfranz and Kenneth F. Wells Endowed Excellence Fund in Marine Science
  • Anthony F. Amos Endowment for Support of the Animal Rehabilitation Keep
  • Fennessey Ranch Conservation Endowment

Library Endowments:

  • Mary Anderson Abell Marine Science Institute Library Endowment Fund
  • Christopher P. Carothers and Michael M. Fleming Marine Science Institute Library Endowment
  • Edmund J. Fleming, Jr. Marine Science Institute Library Endowment
  • Ruth Grundy Library Endowment
  • Marine Science Institute Advisory Council Library Endowment