Mission and Quick Facts

Mission Statement

The Scripps mission is to seek, teach, and communicate scientific understanding of the oceans, atmosphere, Earth, and other planets for the benefit of society and the environment.

Quick Facts

1903 Founded as San Diego Marine Biological Station
1912 Scripps joins the University of California
1925 Renamed Scripps Institution of Oceanography
1960 Scripps becomes a department within the University of California, San Diego

People

  235    Professors and Researchers
  101    Other academics
   79     Postdoctoral scholars
  235    Graduate students
  822    Staff

1472   Total Employees

  629    Volunteers

Awards

  3      Nobel Prize winners
17      National Academy of Sciences members
  2      National Academy of Engineering members

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Integrated Research Themes

RESEARCH FUNDING

$189M Research expenditures (FY 2012-13)

ACTIVE RESEARCH AWARDS

 132    Department of Defense
    5     Department of Energy
  53     National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  13     National Institutes of Health
    1     National Institute of Standards and Technology
  51     National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration
  94     National Science Foundation
  10     United States Geological Survey
    3     Other federal
108     Subawards from other institutions
  68     Private
  18     State of California
    3     City of San Diego

SHIPS

    4    Research vessels, plus 1 Floating Instrument Platform (FLIP)
    1    New Navy-owned, Scripps-operated research vessel under construction (R/V Sally Ride, AGOR 28); delivery 2015
767    Days at sea in 2013 for Scripps ships (22% of all days at sea on the U.S. academic research fleet).

EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS

Scripps Institution of Oceanography Ph.D. Program
Earthquake Science and Applied Geophysics joint Doctoral Programs with San Diego State University
Concurrent Ph.D./M.B.A. Program
Master of Science 
Master of Advanced Studies 
Earth Sciences Undergraduate Major 
Marine Biology Undergraduate Major 
Marine Science Undergraduate Minor
K-12 and informal educational outreach at the Birch Aquarium at Scripps

NEW INFRASTRUCTURE AT SCRIPPS

  • Marine Ecosystem Sensing, Observation and Modeling (MESOM) Laboratory; completed 2013 (LEED Platinum certified)
  • Seaweed Canyon Research Support Facility; completed 2014
  • Renovated Southwest Fisheries Science Center (SWFSC), Building D; construction planned for 2015

NEW PARTNER BUILDINGS ON SCRIPPS CAMPUS

  • National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration SWFSC Replacement Building; completed 2013
  • J. Craig Venter Institute; completed 2014

All data on this page last updated May 2014.

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