Impact of your giving
Endowed funds, or endowments, are donated funds which are invested to provide a permanent stream of annual income toward an intended purpose. Endowments at the School of Physical Sciences signify a perpetual commitment to academic and research excellence.
Endowed chairs attract and retain premier scholars and researchers by offering funding that can augment salary, flexible sources of research spending, and graduate student funding.
Endowed scholarships and fellowships enable us to attract the best and brightest students. Scholarships and Fellowships are flexible in their intended purpose. They can be used to offer educational pathways to need-based students and also serve to attract top tier graduate students that may have competing acceptance offers from other universities.
Endowments for research or research centers offer faculty an opportunity to take their research to new levels. As federal funding sources are never guaranteed and are ever-competitive, permanent funding in growing research areas allow faculty to elevate scientific discovery to new levels of excellence without the constraints of limited funding streams.
The School of Physical Sciences has a robust offering of public community events and outreach programs. They are all currently supported directly by the school and as such, there is no guarantee that they will continue. Permanent endowed funding will ensure that public offerings continue to not only exist, but also expand. Outreach programs toward K-12 and underserved student populations can exist and grow through permanent funding streams.
Current use funding is meant for immediate use toward a current need or project. The funds listed below offer ways in which you can immediately support any initiative.
The Physical Sciences’ annual giving society is a premier network of friends, alumni, and professionals with the desire to engage with the school in meaningful and in-depth way. Donors can join the Circle of Excellence through a variety of different giving levels.
Unrestricted funding toward faculty research. This funding can be directed toward specific faculty members or departments. Innovation funding can help offset conventional funding obstacles to ensure research continuity.
Support the Dean’s highest priorities.