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Giving. Department of Geography and Environmental Studies

Sustained support from generous donors and friends like you ensures that College of Science & Engineering students will continue to receive the quality education that best prepares them for a meaningful career.

Current and future students benefit from all gifts that we receive from alumni, parents, faculty, staff, students, and friends. In addition to helping us control costs, gifts enhance our efforts to achieve our goals which include:
  • Increasing the number and value of student scholarships
  • Attracting the best and brightest students
  • Recruiting the retaining top-ranked faculty
  • Establishing distinguished professorships
  • Developing and strengthening academic programs
  • Purchasing advanced equipment
  • Improving academic and research facilities

Support the College

Generous support from alumni and friends helps provide educational opportunities for the next class of students.

Whether it's through gifts for specific giving societies, or donations that fund scholarships, equipment or other areas, there are many areas and ways in which you can support College of Science and Engineering students, faculty, and programs.

Ways to Give

The Richardson Fund is established by Norma Richardson and Michael Libbee in memory of the late Dr. Howard Richardson, Professor Emeritus, to help students explore places and cultures outside of Michigan.

The Richardson Endowment will support travel for students with majors or minors in geography or social studies with a geography concentration. Travel can include support for international travel, geography groups to attend national meetings, and student teaching experiences outside of Michigan.

To provide awards to incoming freshmen who intend to major in biology and who have outstanding high school academic backgrounds.

Established in 1966 by Rodney J. Rogers, a former student, and contributed to by many other students, faculty, family and friends to commemorate her 37 years of service (1923 – 1960) to CMU. Irene was an ornithologist, author of the booklet “Guide for Young Naturalists”, dedicated teacher, friend, and counselor who served 24 years as head of the Biology Department. This scholarship is awarded to outstanding incoming freshmen planning to major in Biology.

To provide awards to incoming freshmen who intend to major in biology and who have outstanding high school academic backgrounds.

The Nicholas and Mabel Cuthbert Biology Scholarship was established by their daughter, Dr. Francesca Cuthbert (currently Professor and Department Head, Department of Fisheries, Wildlife and Conservation Biology at the University of Minnesota) to provide an award to an incoming freshman who intends to major in biology and who has an outstanding high school academic background. Dr. Nicholas Cuthbert was hired in 1947 as a young assistant professor trained in genetics. He taught many courses, including those in the area of ornithology, and served as interim Chair of the Biology Department. Mabel Cuthbert taught intermittently in the Biology department and was the author of two books on wildflower identification. Nicholas and Mabel Cuthbert were very active at the university and in the community. Nicholas retired in 1976.

To provide an award to a transfer student majoring in biology and who has an university, college, or community college background.

A fairly unique aspect to our departmental scholarships is the recognition of transfer students. The Biology Department Transfer Student Scholarship is designed to acknowledge the outstanding academic background of a student majoring in biology who is transferring here from another university, college or community college. The award is based on previous college or community college transcripts, letters of recommendation, and participation in extracurricular activities.

This scholarship is awarded to a CMU junior, or senior biology major planning to attend medical school (MD or DO only).

Established in 2007 by Dr. Maurice H. Chapin, CMU class of 1951, a retired family practice physician in the Millington area.

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