Thanks to a generous gift made by alumnus Stu Hodgson ’67 (picture here), the Department has established the First Year Graduate Student Research Fund. Whiting School alumni and friends are encouraged to make a donation to support this newly established, and much needed, fund. Our goal is to have at least two thirds of our alumni, or 1,200 alums, join Hodgson in supporting the fund, which aims to provide stipends and cover tuition.
If you would like to donate, please download and complete a pledge form.
The First Year Graduate Student Research Fund allows students to focus fully on research once their classes and graduate board exams are finished. This is particularly critical for the young professors who are still establishing their sources of funding and is particularly important in the current research funding climate.
“In their first year of study, graduate students must take a heavy load of academic courses and prepare for qualifying exams,” says Konstantinos Konstantopoulos, professor and department chair. “As a result, they have limited time and cannot contribute as significantly to faculty research as they will later on. The establishment of the First Year Graduate Research Fund helps alleviate some pressure that is placed on students and faculty during this critical first year of study.”
Jeff Gray, an associate professor, agrees. “It’s a time when students are getting their academics finished. They are not yet delving into research, which is when they begin to publish papers and earn support by federal research grants.”
With a narrower focus than most traditional funds, this program has a clear impact leveraging gifts at all levels. While relatively small compared to more traditional endowed funds, this program is extremely focused, with a clear and immediate impact and where gifts at all levels will make a difference.
Hodgson, who graduated from the department in 1967 and is a visiting committee member, encourages other alumni join him in this effort. He said:
“I have serious aspirations for the Whiting School and the ChemBE department in particular. I think this is one way we can help them achieve their goals. I do believe it is of critical importance to the success of the department.”
As always, the faculty, staff, students, and friends of the ChemBE Department are grateful for your continued support.