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Connecticut Institute for Resilience and Climate Adaption (CIRCA)

The Connecticut Institute for Resilience and Climate Adaptation (CIRCA) is a partnership between the University of Connecticut and the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP). The mission of CIRCA is to foster the resilience and sustainability of vulnerable communities along Connecticut’s coast and inland waterways to the growing impacts of climate change on the natural, built, and human environment. To achieve this mission, the Institute pairs the world-class research and outreach capabilities of UConn with the extensive practical experience of DEEP.

Connecticut Sea Grant

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Sea Grant College Program is a unique partnership between the nation’s universities and its primary ocean agency, NOAA. The University of Connecticut is our Connecticut's Sea Grant College. Connecticut Sea Grant collaborates with maritime industries and coastal communities to identify needs, and to fund research, outreach, and educational activities that have special relevance to Connecticut and Long Island Sound. Their mission is to work toward achieving healthy coastal and marine ecosystems and consequent public benefits by supporting integrated locally and nationally relevant research, outreach, and education programs in partnership with stakeholders.

Mystic Aquarium

Department of Marine Sciences


The Department of Marine Sciences offers both undergraduate and graduate degree programs that are characterized by an interdisciplinary foundation, high faculty-to-student ratio, and individualized plans of study and research. UConn Avery Point offers the intimacy and support of a small campus, coupled with the resources of a top-notch public university and internationally renowned scientists.

The Marine Sciences faculty, staff, and students carry out cutting-edge research in oceanography using cross-disciplinary approaches. The Department maintains a fleet of small boats, the R/V Lowell Weicker (39 ft), and the flagship R/V Connecticut which is a custom designed 90 ft steel single screw research vessel. Other support for undersea research, technology, and education include an active SCUBA diving program and UConn’s Underwater Robotics Laboratory (uCURL). Marine Sciences faculty had 101 active research grants during FY18 valued in excess of $6.2 million.

Project Oceanology

Project O is a marine science and environmental education organization operated by a nonprofit association of schools, colleges, and other educational organizations. Project O offers customized science field trips for school groups (fourth grade and up, including the university level) during the school year. These field study excursions feature hands-on, minds-on marine science activities that supplement classroom curriculum. In addition, Project O offers scout programs, summer enrichment overnight and day camps, lighthouse expeditions, oceanographic research cruises, and seal watches. In addition to Project O’s building with research laboratories, classrooms, a computer lab, a 56-bunk hostel and cafeteria, Project O has two research vessels and a fleet of small boats. Approximately 25,000 people join Project O programs over the course of a year.

UConn Technology Incubation Program

UConn Avery Point continues to partner with UConn Technology Incubation Program (TIP) in contributing to regional economic development in Southeastern Connecticut by hosting on campus several science-technology incubator companies. The campus supports TIP by providing office and lab space, which TIP aims to fill with companies that will have connections to the marine mission and orientation of the campus. In June 2012, TIP completed its long planned expansion at Avery Point. The program now offers five state-of-the-art wet labs in the Community and Professional Building and dry lab and office space at its Marine Sciences Building.