$52,886 raised so far. That's 21% to our goal!

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May 2016
Dear Friends of Shoals Marine Laboratory,
This past weekend, I was floored by the generosity and enthusiasm of the more than 70 people at SML's Volunteer Weekend. The energy and love for SML and Appledore was so apparent during some seriously hard work, and was truly inspiring for me and all the SML Staff! We re-roofed the Kingsbury House, replaced the fence and beds in Celia Thaxter's garden, constructed bird blinds on Seavey Island, cleaned and scrubbed all corners of th e campus, and much, much more! The SML Staff and I are humbled and grateful for such assistance. Our generous community of supporters does not stop there...
Photo from Bob Meadows

You are the reason SML had a successful Cornell Giving Day on April 19th! You gave over $9,400 to the Shoals Marine Laboratory Fund, which means we now stand at 21% of our $250,000 fundraising goal for the year, and 53% of the way to receiving a $25,000 matching grant from the Saquish Foundation (which happens when we hit $100,000). 
If you have not yet had the opportunity to give to the SML Fund, UNH's 603 Challenge in June is for you! Please help us maximize this 'whale of an opportunity' to make significant progress towards the Saquish Match! We can only do this with your help! Information about the 603 Challenge is below. With your support, we can truly make SML's 50th Anniversary something to celebrate! 
A Whale of an Opportunity is Coming!
Please join SML and UNH between  June 1-3 to make a WHALE of difference for Shoals Marine Laboratory! This giving opportunity is not just for UNH alumni - anyone can give to SML during the 603 Challenge! Plus, your gift will go even further during the 603 Challenge because gifts will be matched 1-to-1 while the matching funds last, and up to a certain amount. (A $100 gift from YOU becomes $200 for SML!) These matching funds will go quickly so act on day one (June 1) to take advantage.  

Please mark your calendar! The 603 Challenge is June 1-3.   

How to participate: Go to unh.edu/603 between June 1-3 and make sure to select the 'Shoals Marine Laboratory' designation option. 
Thank you for helping SML empower the next generation of scientists! 
SML Student Highlight
Julia Widerstrom, a Cornell Biology major, is a 2016 Bartels Merit Scholar and heading to Appledore Island for her second summer! She perfectly described why SML is so special to our students and alumni in a recent essay: 

"Last summer, I spent five weeks on Appledore Island and after this time, I realized I had fallen in love with the beautiful setting and the life on the island. I think it is easier to think when you are out in nature and getting a break from city life gave me an opportunity to get to know myself more than I would have ever expected. After five weeks had passed, I left the island... and I knew right then that I would come back there some day! At Shoals, you are seen as the person you are and not just as a number in a huge lecture hall. You get to have meals both with your classmates but also with your professors and that is a really unique opportunity. I had never properly interacted with my professors before I came to Shoals and having that experience taught me that my professors are not intimidating (as I had always imagined), but kind people who really are there to help you."
We look forward to engaging our students and research interns this summer in such meaningful ways! See you soon Julia! 
Sign-up today: SML Adult and Family Programs
SML's Adult and Family Programs are now open for registration and selling like lobsters rolls on a July afternoon on the seacoast! Come experience our innovative educational programming and enjoy the magic of Appledore Island in the Isles of Shoals. Find out more here! 
SeaSHOALS: Marine Science Education for Families
Did you ever wonder what it's like to be a marine biologist? If "Yes," then roll-up your sleeves and join us for a SeaSHOALS adventure! This introductory program includes "family-friendly" activities. SeaSHOALS is an amazing opportunity for parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles and the special children in their lives to make thrilling discoveries about marine science!

Shoals Ecology: Seabirds, Seals and Seaweed
The best of everything Shoals has to offer! An adult program geared towards science exploration in three subject areas: ornithology, marine mammals, and the ocean ecosystem as a whole. This is the perfect program for adults who have never been to the Isles of Shoals, and for those who want to return to their island ecology roots!

In Closing
As I write this, the students are packing their bags, printing their course syllabi, and getting ready to have the summer of their lives! Many of these students would not be packing their bags if it were not for YOU. Without your generous support we would not be able to offer critical scholarships to over 50% of our students who require financial aid for their college education. This need increases every year - not only the number of students who need it, but how much they need. Once these students step foot on Appledore, the transformation begins from student to scientist. Living in a supportive scientific community increases the confidence level of many students. They engage with faculty (sometimes for the first time), they learn about career paths, and they envision their life as a scientist! It all happens on this 95-acre rock because of YOU! Thank you so much for your support!

With deep appreciation and warm wishes,

Jennifer Seavey, Ph.D.
Kingsbury Director of the Shoals Marine Laboratory
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