School of Science Giving Opportunities
The School of Science seeks funding for several exciting projects, as well as general funds that will support excellence across the board. Among it’s priorities:
School of Science Fellowships
More than ever, graduate students are essential to the continued preeminence of the School of Science. No surprise, then, that the School has renewed its commitment to graduate student support.
Through the prestigious Science Presidential Fellows program, donors may support any entering graduate student selected for the program—or, if desired, they may indicate a preferred field of study. Other endowed fellowships offer the chance to support generations of important work in a specific field or department.
Brain and Cognitive Sciences
What is special about the neurosciences at MIT? It’s the people in our departments and in our institutes: a community of world-class researchers investigating various aspects of the brain, mind, learning, and memory, and making MIT an ideal setting for innovation.
The Institute’s existing activities in the neurosciences include:
- The Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences, led by Professor Mriganka Sur
- The Picower Institute for Learning and Memory at MIT, headed by Professor Mark Bear
- The McGovern Institute for Brain Research at MIT, led by Robert Desimone, MIT professor of brain and cognitive sciences, and former scientific director of the Intramural Research Program of the National Institutes of Mental Health (NIMH)
- The Martinos Imaging Center, which will develop new imaging technologies
The Brain and Cognitive Sciences Complex, the facility that houses these centers, opened in late 2005. More than a dozen new faculty are being recruited to join the effort, and a new interdisciplinary graduate Neuroscience Fellows program is set to be a cornerstone of the initiative.
Koch Center for Integrative Cancer Research
In the 30 years since Richard Nixon declared a “war on cancer,” the MIT Koch Center for Integrative Cancer Research has played a prominent role in defining the critical cellular processes that are affected during cancer development. Many of these discoveries have now been translated into improved therapies for the disease, as well as into new approaches for diagnosis and early detection. In the technology-rich environment of MIT, the Koch Center for Integrative Cancer Research (KCICR) is uniquely poised to bring the best science and the best minds to bear on cancer and cancer treatment.
Science Exploration Funds
Discretionary research funds are especially helpful in seeding new research initiatives that might not receive governmental or industry support. Recently the School has used gifts support to to test for antimatter particles and dark matter in space, to create a better mouse model for the study of cancer, and to fund a discovery in the genetic basis of aging that may some day help increase human life spans. A gift of $50,000 to $250,000 will establish a named research fund in any department or program within the School of Science.