Endowed gifts are transformative and can be established to support undergraduate scholarships, graduate fellowships, faculty chairs and professorships, and specific educational programs and services within the College of Engineering and Computer Science.
The gift that keeps on giving—endowment funds last in perpetuity, with only the payout from the fund being spent each year to support its donor-specified purpose. As a donor, you can establish your own named fund or contribute to existing funds. $50,000 is typically the minimum required to establish a named endowed fund.
Faculty Chairs and Professorships
Endowments supporting faculty chairs and professorships are especially important, since they enable the College to attract and retain world-class educators. An endowed faculty position is one of the most sought after University distinctions for any faculty member. A chair or professorship can enable the College to attract and retain exceptional faculty dedicated to research and excellence in teaching. Endowed professorships also provide dependable funding for research and other creative initiatives. Endowed chairs and professorships provide faculty with a range of opportunities including, but not limited to, specialized equipment, travel support, and post-doctoral assistance.
Meet Professor Cliff Davidson
The creation of the Thomas C. and Colleen L. Wilmot Professorship allowed the College to recruit Professor Cliff Davidson to the College. A leader in the field of sustain ability, Davidson currently serves as the director of the Center for Sustainable Engineering.
For Davidson, the endowed professorship allows him to bring his expertise to national and international audiences and lead the way in creating a globally sustainable society.
“Engineers are critically important in any type of sustainable development and have to take a leadership role in telling the politicians and other decision-makers what needs to be done,” says Davidson, “We’re talking about a big change in the way engineers think and practice.”
Endowed scholarships provide undergraduate students help with tuition, fees, books, supplies, and other living expenses as the endowment agreement permits. They are one of the best and most meaningful ways to support the College.
Meet Alexis Peña ’16
Alexis Peña ’16, a bioengineering alumna, was part of the inaugural class of Donofrio Scholars, a program that provides support for an annual cohort of 10 students from underrepresented groups.
The program, funded by Nicholas Donofrio G’71, H’11, former IBM executive vice president for innovation and technology and current member of the University’s Board of Trustees, is designed to support student success in engineering, engage them in the life of the University, and build their support network and leadership potential.
Peña exemplified student excellence with her curiosity for learning and her drive to contribute to her field of study. In addition to her course load, which included being in the Honors Program, she worked in the Syracuse Biomaterials Institute since her freshman year. Her work in the lab has helped inspire her to pursue graduate school and aim for a career in sustainable medicine. She recently earned national recognition for outstanding research awards for poster presentations at two
notable conferences. Outside of bioengineering, she is involved in many activities and groups and served as a Class of 2016 Senior Class Marshal for the entire University.
Endowed Graduate Fellowships
Endowed graduate fellowships provide support for outstanding graduate or post-graduate students helps SU fulfill its goal of becoming a major research institution. Your gift will help our faculty recruit some of the best students in the country. The fellowship will be used to offset the cost of
tuition, in whole or in part.
Meet Scott Constable
Ph.D. candidate Scott Constable is the current recipient of the Wilbur R. LePage Graduate Fellowship fund that supports doctoral students in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science.
Constable works in the Systems Assurance Lab, a part of the Cybersecurity Research Group where he serves as a graduate research assistant, designing the world’s first formally verified secure loader for x86 and ARM architectures. Constable received his master’s degree in computer science from Syracuse University in 2014 where he earned the College’s “Outstanding Graduate Student in Computer Science Award.” He also taught recitations covering probability, statistics, and finite mathematics for business, as well as a lecture course in probability and statistics for SummerStart as a graduate teaching assistant.
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