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Support IMCS

Answer the call to help IMCS remain a world-class research, education, and public service institution, and a focal point for New Jersey's initiatives in estuarine, coastal, and oceanic development and conservation. Your support will help us meet the on-going and future needs of IMCS and the marine and coastal environment.

What Interests You?

Gifts to the general IMCS/Rutgers Annual Fund and specified Leadership Gifts support IMCS funding priorities:

Supporting Students

  • IMCS offers both an undergraduate major and minor in marine sciences that includes hands-on research. Many students simply cannot pay the full tuition, and even for those whose families can, tuition covers only part of the full cost of educating and training each student. Scholarship funds at IMCS can open the door for undergraduates who would otherwise be unable to pursue marine science.
  • Graduate students are the next generation of promising teachers and researchers. Their presence is also critical to the on-going work of the faculty and the ability of IMCS to recruit and retain additional faculty. Most graduate students do not have personal funds to finance graduate work, and are attracted to institutions where they receive fellowship support and can work closely with leading scientists. Post-docs need help, too.

Supporting Faculty

  • Competition for the world’s best scientists is fierce. A gift to provide a named chair recognizes a dedicated and skillful faculty member and provides incentive for continued service.

Supporting Projects and Programs

  • State-of-the-art facilities are necessary for research and teaching. In particular, IMCS urgently needs facilities for its Ocean Science Education Center and the Coastal Research Center. Included in the centers are laboratories and lecture halls, seminar and conference rooms offering exciting opportunities for a lasting tribute.
  • Jacques Cousteau Education Center Outreach Programs provide New Jersey and area K-12 teachers and students, and municipal and state coastal decision-makers with the training and tools they need. Gifts will ensure the continued outreach needed to manage the protection and development of our coastal resources.
  • Ongoing Research Projects - While many of the research projects receive government funding, grants frequently cover only the basic components of the research.


Get Involved - Ways you can help 

Go to Jacques Cousteau National Estuarine Research Reserve (JCNERR)
Bring the entire family to learn more about the JCNERR and its inhabitants through exciting hands-on activites and field trips, or volunteer at the Reserve, which has an immediate need for volunteers to assist with programs such as teacher workshops, wetland monitoring and a variety of community events.


Making a Gift

Considering a gift to IMCS? We welcome your support.
IMCS receives only 25% of its budget from state funds distributed through Rutgers University. For the remainder, it depends on gifts from individuals, corporations, foundations and federal agencies.

A gift from you will help IMCS grow and better serve New Jersey, the Mid-Atlantic region, and the international community. All gifts support IMCS Funding Priorities. Depending on its level, your gift can establish a named scholarship, fellowship, financial aid fund, academic chair, building or room, or become part of a general IMCS Fund.

Donating to the IMCS online is easy - just click this link to start.

Talk with our staff about making a leadership gift to support a top IMCS funding priority. You can make an outright gift, name IMCS in your will or plan a gift that will provide income for you or your designee.


Meet the IMCS Board

Austin T. Fragomen, Chair
Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy
New York, NY
The Honorable Thomas H. Kean
Honorary Chair
Far Hills, NJ
Ruth Ann Burns ‘67 DC, '76 GSNB, Vice Chair
The Burns Group
Manalapan, NJ
Robert N. Dangremond '68 AG, Vice Chair
Alix Partners
Barrington, RI
Stephen Morgan, Vice Chair
American Clean Energy
Saddle Brook, NJ
Eric Bierman
Export Transport Co., Inc
Port Newark, NJ
Noreen Bodman
Belmar, NJ
Floyd H. Bragg '36 RC
Prudential Insurance Company, ret.
North Brunswick, NJ
Norman T. "Pete" Callaway
N.T. Callaway Real Estate
Princeton, NJ
J. Stephen Carnahan
Marine and Maritime Consulting
Bridgeton, NJ
Tom Carver
President, Carver Group
Allentown, NJ
Tim Dillingham
American Littoral Society
Highlands, NJ
Sylvia Earle
National Geographic Society
Washington, DC
John C. Feldkamp
Sidley Austin Brown & Wood LLP, ret.
Bay Head, NJ
Samuel Goldfarb '45 ENG
Consulting Engineer
Princeton, NJ
Bradford W. Hildebrandt '75 UCN
Hildebrandt International
Somerset, NJ
Ken Hildebrandt ’95 LC
Attorney at Law
Green Brook, NJ
Elbert E. Husted III
Union Carbide, ret.
Mantoloking, NJ
David L. Isabel
Golub & Isabel, P.C.
Totowa, NJ
Stanley LaBruna
PSEG, ret.
Mullica Hill, NJ
Dominick Mazzagetti ’69 NCAS
RomAsia Bank
Monmouth Junction, NJ
John R. Mullen
J.R. Mullen International
Spring Lake, NJ
Christopher Ohrenich '83 Cook
Ohrenich Insurance Agency
Cape May, NJ
Jeffrey J. Pantazes
Salem, NJ
Jules L. Plangere '44 RC
Press Communications, LLA
Spring Lake, NJ
James A. Shissias '59 ENG
PSEG, ret.
Titusville, NJ
Richard J. Sugam '73 RC
PSEG Services Corporation
Newark, NJ
Anne M. Thomas
Hunterdon County Democrat, ret.
Flemington, NJ 08822
Warren J. Victor
Innovator, Business Development
Westfield, NJ
Christopher R. Zeppie
Port Authority of New York and New Jersey
New York, NY