Looking around the University of Minnesota campus, we are reminded every day of what makes this place so great—the students and the faculty. Whether they are exploring space, finding cures for deadly diseases, searching at the nanoscale, expanding renewable energy sources, or increasing the power of information technology, CSE faculty and students are working on discoveries with real-world impact.
We are also proud to witness the generosity of our alumni, friends, and corporate partners. From supporting students and faculty, to providing funds for the new Physics and Nanotechnology Building and Gore Annex, and the renovation of Lind Hall, your generosity has been transformative. In these new and renovated facilities, CSE is producing the next generation of scientists and engineers, future graduates who will help to solve world challenges as well as fuel the nation’s economy. Your gifts help to make it all possible.
Since the launch of the Campaign for Science and Engineering “Curiosity Drives Progress” in July 2009, we have worked tirelessly to achieve our goal of $150 million. The campaign officially ended June 30, 2015 and we are proud and pleased to report that the total number of gifts and commitments are more than $176 million! Thank you to all who made this campaign successful. Your gifts, large or small, have supported the college in numerous ways.
Here are a few examples:
- More scholarships to deserving students. Since the beginning of the campaign, the number of CSE students receiving collegiate scholarships has nearly doubled, and the average amount awarded has increased by nearly 42 percent! From a total of $790,084 awarded in 2008 to $2,360,388 this past year, the total amount of scholarships awarded has nearly tripled!
- Enhanced student experience. More than $9 million is supporting experiential learning projects such as the First-Year Experience, Solar Vehicle Project team, Tesla Works, and Engineers Without Borders, as well as student leadership programs.
- State-of-the-art facilities. CSE faculty can now teach, conduct research, and collaborate with faculty across the University in modern, leading-edge space thanks to gifts of more than $22.6 million for new or renovated facilities.
- Endowed faculty support to attract and retain world-class faculty. More than $34.2 million has provided funds for 16 new chairs and professorships and endowed faculty support.
Every gift made to CSE during the campaign timeframe, regardless of amount or how it was directed, was counted toward our campaign goal. On behalf of our students and faculty who will benefit from your generosity, thank you.