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Help Sponsor Student Research with UNCW Plastic Ocean Project

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Project ended on October 28, at 11:59 PM EDT
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Help Sponsor Undergraduate Research with UNCW Plastic Ocean Project!

UNCW Plastic Ocean Project 

Research is a crucial part of the undergraduate experience and a critical aspect of helping solve the global plastic pollution problem. For UNCW Plastic Ocean Project, one of the main pillars of our organization is providing solutions through innovation and research. Since our club's founding, we have been invested in engaging our students in scientific research of plastic. From studying plastic pollution distribution across our coastlines & quantifying plastic composition in sea salt, to microplastic consumption in commercially important fish, UNCW Plastic Ocean Project has continued to promote undergraduate research.

These research projects provide solutions to our plastic pollution problem by better understanding how plastic impacts our natural systems and effectively advocate for improving and changing our plastic consumption and waste management. In addition, these research projects also catapult students into future careers in STEM and environmentalism. Student research opportunities are driving forces in inspiring students into life-changing careers that ultimately impact our future for the better.

Every gift matters! 

By making a gift to our project, you are directly impacting a UNCW student's experience, helping us reach our $3,500 goal to purchase and provide research equipment. This equipment will allow for more UNCW students to gain research experience and continue to change the way we look at plastic pollution, as we seek to save our seas.

Choose a giving level


Level Phytoplankton

Your donation will go to providing necessary laboratory supplies such as nitrile gloves to protect students from harmful chemicals and ethanol and wash acetone to keep our lab space clean!


Level Pufferfish

Your donation will contribute to necessary laboratory chemicals to help students study and analyze samples ranging from fish, coastal survey samples, and water samples here from the Cape Fear River and our coastline!


Level Grouper

Your donation will provide equipment for our microscopic Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, which will allow students to identify the type of plastics found in their samples to better understand how different plastics impact the environment.


Level Tuna

Your donation will provide students with spectrogram software to analyze marine acoustics, or listen to the natural sounds captured of the marine environment to understand how human impact changes the sounds of our seascapes


Level Tiger Shark

Your contribution will help provide a hydrophone system for student research in marine acoustics and capturing sound in our coastal ecosystems. This sound system will help us better understand how human impact changes sound in the ocean and studies how animals may vocalized in the marine environment!


Level Blue Whale

This will directly fund ship time necessary to survey offshore locations for visual and audio data. Ship time and marine acoustics are the most expensive portions of our work, but are just as critical as any to give students hands on experience in research in the field!

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