Giving to MSE

We are committed to a process of continuous improvement in order to increase the quality of our education and research programs and continue to be one of the best materials science and engineering departments in the country.

Examples of ongoing initiatives include:

  • International education experiences
  • Hands-on learning in our laboratories

These and other improvement activities need increased resources to support endowed program chairs and professorships, scholarships and fellowships for graduate and undergraduate students, and improved laboratories and facilities.

Give directly to MSE

Be part of the tradition

The MSE Department has a tradition of generosity from its alumni and friends. For example, generous gifts have been used to:

  • Provide undergraduate student scholarships
  • Initiate professorships
  • Support departmental education fund

This type of support is critical in helping us achieve excellence in our programs.

Making a Contribution

Here are some opportunities for you to help us move forward.

Endowing Student Scholarships and Fellowships

These endowments help us recruit quality undergraduate and graduate students.  These endowments can be named to honor a person or company.

  • Scholarships ($25,000 endowment or $1,250 per year)
  • Fellowships ($150,000 endowment or $7,500 per year)

Any scholarship gifts less than $1,250 per year are welcome and would be used to supplement our departmental scholarship fund. This funding is essential in support our recruitment and retention of quality undergraduate students.
Endowing faculty positions

These endowments help us recruit and retain faculty. You can create a unique endowed chair or professorship.

Endowing laboratories and facilities

These endowments help to develop and maintain educational laboratories. You can create named facilities or support existing ones with cash or equipment donations.

Undesignated Gifts

Undesignated gifts will be contributed to the general departmental education fund.

Join With Other Alumni

Helping the MSE Department can also initiate you into the Order of the Knoll and the Marston Club where you receive recognition at special university and college events. Order of the Knoll members join the club at an annual giving level of $2,500 ($1,500 if the donor is under age 40) or lifetime giving of $100,000 and over in total donations. Marston Club members join at $5,000.

For more information

To learn more about giving opportunities, contact Kristen Constant, Department Chair, 515-294-3337, Or contact John Glover, Executive Director of Development, 515-294-4280,