Virginia Sea Grant Symposium 2024 connecting in all directions

Sponsors & Exhibitors

Connect with well-qualified, motivated students and education professionals from across the Commonwealth

Support the growth of tomorrow’s leaders—whether you have career or internship opportunities, want to collect resumes, or simply build your brand.

Discounts available for academic departments and student organizations.

Academic departments and student organizations that wish to register groups of five students can save $100 when they purchase the Student Group symposium sponsorship package, a $1,000 value.


Ocean Level

(sponsorship + Exhibitor Space)


Tickets: Two complimentary symposium registration plus two additional evening reception tickets (four total)

Exhibitor Space:One exhibitor booth for the full conference (includes 6’ draped table and two chairs)

Acknowledgement: Option to brand a session or panel

Event Program: Full-page, full-color ad space

Recognition: Logo placements on website, digital and print materials, marketing emails and announcements

Bay Level

(sponsorship + Exhibitor Space)


Tickets: One complimentary symposium registration plus one additional evening reception ticket (two total)

Exhibitor Space:One exhibitor booth for the full conference (includes 6’ draped table and two chairs)

Event Program: Half-page, full-color ad space

Recognition: Logo placements on website, digital and print materials, marketing emails and announcements

Tributary Level

(sponsorship ONLY)


Tickets: One complimentary symposium registration including the evening reception 

Event Program: Quarter-page, full-color ad space

Recognition: Logo placements on website, digital and print materials


(Exhibitor Space ONLY)


Tickets: One complimentary symposium registration including the evening reception

Exhibitor Space:One exhibitor booth for the full conference (includes 6’ draped table and two chairs)

Recognition: Logo placements on website and program

Student Group

(No Exhibitor Space)


Tickets: Five complimentary symposium registrations including the evening reception (four must be for students)

Recognition: Logo placements on website and program


About Our Sponsors

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Virginia Beach, Virginia

Clark Nexsen architects and engineers provide design solutions and expertise to a wide range of markets. Our clients benefit from a process forged over nearly a century of design practice delivering projects that solve real problems. Uncovering innovative solutions is the result of our iterative, collaborative process, undertaken with our clients to discover truly exceptional ideas.

We believe ideas have the power to transform the world. As design professionals, it is our social responsibility to advance our communities through innovative, sustainable design. We see design as more than steel and glass; more than concrete and brick; more than lines on paper. At every intersection of every discipline we offer, our focus is on creating spaces and experiences that profoundly impact the lives of those who interact with them.

Leveraging the strength of multiple disciplines, we actively collaborate across intersecting areas of expertise to gain new perspectives, inspire innovation, and generate groundbreaking solutions.

Norfolk, Virginia

The Department of Ocean, Earth, & Atmospheric Sciences acquires and disseminates knowledge of the earth system, including the relationships among the biological, chemical, geological, and physical components of our planet. It is critical to understand natural and human-induced processes that change this system so we are prepared to meet present and future challenges. With curiosity, creativity, scholarship, and respect as cornerstones of our philosophy, we strive to increase scientific knowledge and literacy through excellence in research, education, and service to the Commonwealth of Virginia and society in general. Students, come join us!

Blacksburg, Virginia

Recognized widely as one of the premier programs in North America addressing fish and wildlife issues of state, national and global concern, we in the Department of Fish and Wildlife Conservation are passionate about natural resource conservation and management and about making a difference in how our society values sustainable natural resources. Through our commitment to excellence in research, teaching, and engagement we are training the next generation of leaders in natural resource conservation and management and influencing decisions and policy in Virginia, the nation, and the world.

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Woodbridge, Virginia

The Potomac Environmental Research and Education Center (PEREC) is one of the key components of George Mason University’s new Potomac Science Center, and home to an interdisciplinary collection of scientists with expertise in chemistry, ecology, geology, environmental science and education. PEREC’s mission is to utilize the tools of scientific research, restoration, education, and policy analysis to help society understand and sustain natural processes in ecosystems, watersheds, and landscapes. The focus is on Potomac River restoration and local sustainability practices, and translating research into engaging field programs for K-12 students and the larger community.

Richmond, VA

The RiverLink Group builds networks of economic development success by connecting clients with intelligent resources, linking forward-thinking ideas with experienced capabilities, and advancing to success with efficiency.

The RiverLink Group is a woman-owned Virginia-based economic development consulting firm, serving public, private, corporate and non-profit clients at the local, regional and state level. Our focus – at the intersection of community development, workforce, higher education and business development – delivers innovative and high quality professional and technical services to solve short or long-term needs. Led by an economic development professional with over 30 years of local and state experience, The RiverLink Group teams with Preferred Partners to provide customized and practical solutions. Our capabilities focus on business retention and growth, entrepreneurial system development, higher education partnerships, talent system development, economic and data analytics, group facilitation, strategic action planning, corporate intelligence, and organizational management services.

Charlottesville, VA

The Environmental Resilience Institute (ERI) is the hub of environmental resilience and sustainability research at the University of Virginia. ERI builds a diverse and collaborative community to accelerate the rate of discovery, trains the next generation of leaders in integrative research, and develops external partnerships to translate research findings into policy and practice. Over 100 faculty from 10 UVA schools are affiliated with the Institute. Focus areas evolve over time to reflect opportunities and need. Current priorities for ERI funding are Climate Resilience, Water and Energy Security, and Environment and Health.

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Newport News, Virginia

Christopher Newport University offers 4 master’s programs. The Master of Science in Environmental Science explores the knowledge, technical skills and background in ecological and environmental conservation theory, preparing students for a Ph.D or for careers in conservation and restoration, ecosystem management, renewable energy, and water resource management. Our Master of Arts in Teaching has 12 different endorsement areas, including Biology. The Master of Financial Analysis program will position graduates for advancement in today’s data driven economy. Our Master of Science in Applied Physics and Computer Science offers concentrations in Applied Physics, Computer Science, and Computer Systems Engineering.

Fairfax, VA

George Mason University’s Department of Communication, part of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, offers programs and courses that provide education about the most basic of human social processes: the creation and dissemination of meaning and information.

They offer a variety of undergraduate and graduate degrees and provide membership opportunities in a number of nationally-recognized student organizations. Their world-renowned faculty prepare our graduates to enter the market place as well-prepared and knowledgeable professionals.

Located in the center of one of the world’s most influential media markets, students can participate in research and internships that build upon their classroom experiences.

Richmond, Virginia

Green Fin Studio provides a wide range of marketing and communication services to clients with environmental messages. We began in 2010 to help those in research, conservation, education and eco & heritage tourism better engage with their target audiences. Those fields need marketing and communication support but traditional firms don’t always speak the same language. Our office was founded by two marine biologists who have spent their careers sharing environmental messages with broad audiences. The Green Fin Studio team includes graphic designers, digital media strategists, experienced programmers and creative communicators who speak your language to help you translate and target your messages.

Saluda, Virginia

The purpose of the Middle Peninsula Planning District Commission is to encourage and facilitate local government cooperation and state-local cooperation in addressing on a regional basis problems of greater than local significance… to facilitate the recognition and analysis of regional opportunities and take account of regional influences in planning and implementing public policies and services. The planning district commission shall also promote the orderly and efficient development of the physical, social and economic elements of the district by planning, and encouraging and assisting localities to plan, for the future. The Middle Peninsula Planning District Commission is comprised of the 6 counties – Essex, Gloucester, King and Queen, King William, Mathews, and Middlesex – and 3 towns – Tappahannock, Urbanna, and West Point – of the Middle Peninsula. MPPDC is funded by annual contributions from its member local governments, by appropriations from the Virginia General Assembly, and by grants from state and federal governments and other entities.

Richmond, Virginia

The Virginia Outdoors Foundation is Virginia’s leader in land conservation, protecting more than 850,000 acres in 110 counties and cities. VOF was created by the Virginia General Assembly in 1966. Today, VOF receives both public and private support for its work. VOF protects a wide variety of open spaces, from farms and forests to parks and historic landscapes. To achieve its mission, VOF partners with federal, state, local, and private conservation organizations.

Blacksburg, VA

The Center for Coastal Studies’ mission is to inspire societally relevant solutions to the complex challenges emerging in the coastal zone.


Virginia Beach, Virginia

Arcadis is the leading global Design & Consultancy firm for natural and built assets. Applying our deep market sector insights and collective design, consultancy, engineering, project and management services we work in partnership with our clients to deliver exceptional and sustainable outcomes throughout the lifecycle of their natural and built assets. We are 27,000 people, active in over 70 countries that generate 3.5 billion in revenues. We support UN-Habitat with knowledge and expertise to improve the quality of life in rapidly growing cities around the world.

Washington, D.C.

The AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellowships (STPF) is the premier professional development and public service opportunity for outstanding doctoral-level scientists and engineers at any career stage. Fellows come from disciplines including social or behavioral sciences; medical or health sciences; biological, physical or earth sciences; and computational sciences or mathematics.

Based in Washington, D.C., fellows serve yearlong assignments in the federal government and learn first-hand about policymaking, bring valuable STEM expertise to address societal challenges, and enhance their careers.

For more information and to apply, please visit:

Silver Spring, Maryland

The mission of the NOAA Ocean Acidification Program (OAP) is to better prepare society to respond to changing ocean conditions and resources by expanding understanding of ocean acidification, through interdisciplinary partnerships, nationally and internationally. 

Gloucester Point, Virginia

The Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS) is one of the largest marine research and education centers in the United States.  VIMS is exceptional in the education, research, and advisory services it provides in the fields of marine science.  Housed within VIMS is William & Mary’s School of Marine Science which grants graduate degrees at the M.A., M.S., and Ph.D. levels.  The School of Marine Science provides a quality education with outstanding resources, faculty, and opportunities. To date, VIMS has granted over 1,000 graduate degrees and has alumni in diverse careers across the globe.

Ft. Monroe, VA

The Virginia Marine Resources Commission serves as stewards of the Commonwealth’s marine and aquatic resources, and protectors of its tidal waters and homelands, for present and future generations. The VMRC manages saltwater fishing, both recreational and commercial. They work to create and maintain sustainable fisheries for the benefit of all anglers and the ecosystem. VMRC also manages water bottoms in public trust for the citizens of the Commonwealth. The Habitat Management Division works with those who wish to use them for piers or water-dependent projects. Finally, VMRC’s Law Enforcement Division, the Virginia Marine Police, patrols the waterways to enforce the regulations and to assist citizens in need. VMRC strives to always serve the public in a professional, responsive and responsible way.


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