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Engineering offers world-class instruction within a major research university. Forging connections with Columbia’s scientific, business, and policy resources, SEAS faculty members work across disciplines. Engineering’s programs embrace innovative approaches to the world’s most urgent needs, from reversing global climate change to improving the built environment. Participating in breakthrough research and acquiring a broad grasp of societal issues through Columbia’s renowned Core Curriculum, students emerge to become leaders not only in engineering and technology but also in business, economics, and public policy.
Read more about The Columbia Campaign for Engineering.
Gifts from parents enhance the educational opportunities for today's and tomorrow's students.
Gifts to the Parents Fund affect every component of a Columbia Engineering education and go to work immediately to fund the strategic priorities and core needs of the School. A key part of the Parents Fund is the Columbia Engineering Parents Council whose donors provide significant levels of support to the School. The Parents Council engage with our dean and faculty to better understand the unique educational opportunities available to their students during their time at Columbia. Any parents who are interested in joining this group should email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Provide critical funding for new initiatives and ongoing projects.
In recent years, gifts to the Engineering Fund have been used to support need-blind admissions for undergraduates, fellowships for the best graduate students, recruitment and retention of top faculty, enhancements to lab facilities, and breakthrough research.
International Travel for Graduate Students and Faculty
Help broaden perspectives by providing students and faculty with travel stipends for an international exchange program.
The School now offers exchanges with schools in countries including Brazil, Italy, Germany, France, England, Scotland, Switzerland, The Netherlands, South Korea, Thailand, China, India, Japan, Hong Kong, Egypt, and Israel.
Socially Responsible Engineering Projects
Support projects that immerse students in socially responsible engineering design, practice, and philosophy.
Undergraduate or Graduate Scholarships
Support financial aid with a current-use gift.
Almost half of Engineering students receive some form of financial assistance. Help sustain the dynamism and diversity of a Columbia Engineering education by providing a partial scholarship for a student this year.
Make an annual gift to support the immediate needs of Engineering students, faculty, and programs.
Educating the Leaders of Tomorrow
Endow a scholarship to educate the next generation of socially responsible engineering and applied science leaders whose work will result in the betterment of the human condition locally, nationally, and globally.
To train the leaders of tomorrow, we must attract the very y best and brightest undergraduates by providing academic and financial support that will attract them to Columbia Engineering. This gift provides one partial scholarship awarded annually.
Faculty Research Fund
Invest in a research field of your choosing.
Have an impact on both research and instruction by naming and upgrading an existing laboratory.
Endowed Partial Graduate Scholarship
Establish and name a graduate scholarship endowment to attract outstanding students while providing departments with the critical teaching assistants they need to support their faculty.
An endowed scholarship provides one outstanding student per year with vital funding that they may use toward tuition or living expenses. In addition to prestige, this merit-based honor also provides the student with an opportunity to serve as a teaching assistant (TA) in his or her department.
Endowed Partial Undergraduate Scholarship
Help sustain the dynamism and diversity of a Columbia Engineering education.
A gift of $250,000 endows an annual scholarship, providing financial assistance to one deserving undergraduate each year. Consider supporting financial aid with a leadership gift of $1 million, which would provide a partial scholarship for three to five students annually.
Presidential Graduate Fellowship
Support the most prestigious fellowships awarded by the Engineering School.
Full Graduate Fellowship
Endow a full graduate fellowship, named in your honor (or for someone you designate), to help the School attract a top student and to minimize the role debt plays in career choice.
This gift provides one student each year with all the funds for tuition and fees. Graduate fellowships make it possible for departments to
attract the most accomplished graduate students to their Ph.D. programs and have the indirect benefit of supporting faculty research and boosting a department’s prestige.
Endowed Full Undergraduate Scholarship
Provide full support for a worthy student to attend the Columbia Engineering school for one year.
This fund helps talented students, including those from low-income families, to graduate without debt. For a gift of $1 million or more, a donor may establish and
name a scholarship endowment that fully supports one engineering undergraduate each year, funding tuition, room, and board.
Visiting Scholars Fund
Endow one visiting scholar each year from a top engineering school abroad who attends courses, conducts research, and teaches at the Columbia Engineering school.
Visiting scholars bring specialized expertise and new perspectives that enrich the experience of students and research faculty alike. With a minimum gift of $1.5 million, a donor can establish and name an endowment to fund one visiting scholar each year from other top engineering schools.
Community Service Professorship
Endow the Professor of Community Service Learning to support students' work in socially responsible engineering design, practice, and philosophy.
Endowed Retention Professorship
Endow a retention professorship to enable the School to recognize and support talented faculty in an increasingly competitive marketplace.
Of the 163 members of the Engineering faculty (as of 2007), only 16 hold endowed chairs. An endowed retention chair is the best way to honor an accomplished faculty member, invest in a particular area of study, and link the name of a committed donor to an important subject.
Endowed Recruitment Professorship
Help the School recruit the very best faculty in order to grow in both existing and emerging fields.
Endowed recruitment chairs are among the most distinguished, visible, and strategically vital gifts a donor can make to Columbia. They provide resources to invest in new faculty and the state-of-the-art laboratories and equipment those faculty need to conduct advanced research at Columbia.
Endow an interdisciplinary research center in genomics, biomedical engineering, nanotechnology, materials science, or computational learning.
These gifts supplement grant funding for research and can sometimes be used to provide required matching funds for federal and foundation grants. They also help support postdoctoral and visiting scientists, research conferences, and equipment each year.