Support Ocean Sciences

Your generosity supports essential educational opportunities and strengthens innovative approaches that focus on the complex challenges of today's world. Gifts may be given to directly support the Ocean Sciences Department and its students through the following two awards:

The Outstanding Student Awards

The Ocean Sciences Department gives out one to two awards per year to its current graduate students for Outstanding achievement in scientific excellence coupled with community outreach and/or Outstanding Teaching Assistanceship during the academic year. The Outstanding Student Awards recognize overall scientific excellence, achievement, and promise, coupled with outstanding service to the scientific and/or public communities i.e., the combination of scientific excellence and excellent citizenship by an individual.

To make a contribution, go to the following quick link Outstanding Student Awards.

The Ocean Sciences Diversity, Inclusion, Equity, and Anti-Racism Fund

The Ocean Sciences Diversity, Inclusion, Equity, and Anti-Racism Fund gift will help promote diversity by supporting Ocean Sciences PhD students who have experienced situations or conditions that have adversely impacted their advancement in their field of study, such as belonging to a group that is under-represented in the field, having a disability, or being a first-generation college student.

To make a contribution, go to the following link here.

The Mary Silver Award

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Mary Silver


The Mary Silver Award is named in honor of the Mary Silver, Emeritus Professor of Ocean Science. This fund supports graduate students in the Ocean Sciences (OS) Department at UCSC as they conduct thesis-related research. We created the Mary Silver Ocean Sciences Endowment in 2017, through generous support from our donors.  This endowment in Mary's name provides annual funds for Graduate Program support. The department will make annual awards beginning in 2020 from the Mary Silver Award to the most meritorious research proposals submitted each year as part of PhD students qualifying for candidacy and or travel involved in presenting original research. Each year students will receive a monetary award in Mary’s name to recognize their accomplishments and to provide much needed financial assistance to support them during their academic career. Amount will vary from year to year and will be determined each Fall, the amount expected for 2020 will be between $500-$1000.



Mary Silver, professor emerita, received many awards and honors in recognition of her accomplishments, including the Mary Sears Woman Pioneer in Oceanography Award in 2002 and the Henry Bryant Bigelow Award in Oceanography in 1992, both given by the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. She received her bachelor's degree in zoology from UC Berkeley and her Ph.D. in oceanography from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego. Silver joined the UCSC faculty in 1972. Her research focused on harmful algal blooms caused by toxin-producing marine phytoplankton. Silver's pioneering studies of "marine snow," which began in the 1970s, revealed the importance of the small nonliving particles that drift down through the water like snow. She showed that marine snow is a major source of sinking organic matter in the world's oceans and is the site of intense microbial activity.


To make a contribution, go to the following quick link Mary Silver Ocean Sciences Award.

Or you can visit UCSC Giving Site enter the amount of your gift and, under "Other area/Pledge number," enter "Mary Silver Ocean Sciences Award."

For more information on this award, please call or email Marcus Frost at (831) 459-5238,

To make any contributions, please click here Mary Silver Ocean Sciences Award or go to the UCSC Giving Site. Please include a note indicating that your gift is supporting the Ocean Sciences Department.