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The College of Sciences and Arts faces challenges common to all areas of the University—indeed to most institutions of higher education nation wide. It is expensive to maintain state-of-the-art research facilities and classrooms—especially when rapidly changing technological possibilities coexist with tightening budgets. Increasingly, the support and assistance of our alumni and friends are essential for enabling the excellence that we seek.
Attract and Retain World-class Faculty
The College of Sciences and Arts has had great luck over the past eight years in attracting superb new faculty to our departments. These dynamic teachers and researchers are poised to make a real difference in both the education of our students and the advancement of knowledge. But it takes good facilities and other types of support to enable them to be successful and to want to remain at Michigan Tech. There is a special need for endowed professorships and endowed chairs in every department. The endowments provide funds to support research, graduate students and travel—all elements in attracting the best faculty we can and in ensuring their success. We aim to create endowed positions in every department in the college.
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Improve and Maintain Our Facilities
A second need in most departments relates to upgrading facilities and developing modern space. Michigan Tech’s strategic goals of expanded research and graduate education programs require significant expansion and upgrading of campus facilities. A very special need concerns the upgrading and improvement of facilities within Chemistry, which have not been touched since their initial installation in the 1970’s. We are committed to developing green chemistry labs and research spaces for the department, steps that are likely to involve an entirely new building. Other priority needs in the college include:
- extending the Academic Office Building that Social Sciences shares with the School of Business and Economics;
- remodeling the ROTC Building—the old University Club House;
- upgrading Biological Sciences labs.
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Increase Supplemental Educational Opportunities
A final asset of opportunities can be labeled support for excellence—development of endowments or other support that will allow departments to undertake activities promoting excellence in education and research. In every department, these opportunities include endowments for travel to professional meetings for faculty and students, undergraduate scholarships, and research fellowships for graduate students.
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Meet Department-specific Needs
In addition, specific opportunities where external support can make a real difference in these departments:
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Biological Sciences—support for start-up funding and research equipment for new faculty.
Chemistry—summer research fellowships for graduate and undergraduate students, and a visiting scholar program that will bring eminent scholars to campus to interact with students and faculty.
Computer Science—funds to support initiatives to diversify the students pursuing computer science degrees, and an endowment to underwrite new and innovative educational initiatives.
Cognitive and Learning Sciences—fellowships targeted at students interested in teaching certification in the natural and social sciences and the humanities.
Humanities—endowed graduate assistantships, dissertation fellowships for graduate students as they complete their research and writing, and an endowment for the summer reading program, which is part of new-student orientation each August.
Kinesiology and Integrative Physiology—start-up funds for inaugurating a doctor of physical therapy program in collaboration with Central Michigan University, and an endowed laboratory equipment fund.
Mathematical Sciences—an endowment to supplement graduate fellowships, travel funds for graduate students, stipends for undergraduate summer research, and undergraduate program support.
Physics—a first-year scholarship to recruit top new applicants, undergraduate summer research awards, graduate student travel support, and new graduate fellowships in the areas of atmospheric physics, biophysics, nanotechnology, and particle astrophysics.
ROTC—endowments for two scholarships established but not fully funded: the Air Force Cadet Wing Scholarship started by Brian Sikkema in 2007, and the Army ROTC Ben Hall Memorial Scholarship.
Social Sciences—visiting international postdoctoral fellowship and/or visiting professorship to support a new Research Center for Industrial Archeology and Heritage.
Visual and Performing Arts—an endowment for the Pep Band to replace and maintain instruments, student scholarships in theatre, and funds to purchase digital media equipment.