1. Increase fellowships for graduate students.
- Competition for top graduate students is fierce. It’s vital we bring the best to Illinois. As federal funding for research becomes more uncertain, we need internal resources to sustain our outstanding research portfolio and maximize our impact.
- The Legacy Fellows program allows our alumni and friends to provide financial support for graduate students in honor of their graduate advisor or favorite professor. Your investment will provide students with the skills and tools they need to become leaders in academia and industry.
2. Increase scholarships for undergraduates.
- Recruit a talented and diverse pool of undergraduates in a competitive market.
- Reward the academic and leadership achievements of our current undergraduates.
- Reduce the burden of student debt. Nearly half of graduating seniors have taken out loans to pay for their education. The average debt at graduation is almost $25,000.
3. Increase named professor/chair/scholar opportunities for faculty.
- On average, two Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering faculty members each year receive enticing offers from competing institutions. These gifts and endowments enable us to recognize and retain our prominent current faculty members and recruit new faculty.
4. Provide state-of-the-art laboratories, classrooms, and technology. Maintain and renovate facilities vital to education and research.
- Support the unit operations lab and its experiments, the student computer labs, and undergraduate learning center, a state-of-the-art interactive space for team-based projects, homework, and other activities.
- Renovate faculty research labs, offices, and conference rooms.
- Next: Add a new wing to Roger Adams Lab to accommodate the space needs of our growing faculty and their innovative research programs. Naming rights are available for these facilities, labs, and other spaces at appropriate gift levels.
5. Support outreach efforts.
- The department’s faculty and staff are active in a variety of K-12 outreach efforts, such as summer camps for high school girls and afterschool programs for underrepresented students. Gifts and/or named endowments help support these programs and could lead to a fully endowed center that brings these activities together.