Donors and Gifts
Astronomy telescope

Sustained support from generous donors and friends like you ensures that College of Science and Technology students will continue to receive the quality education that best prepares them for meaningful careers in various science-related areas.

Current and future students benefit from all gifts that CST receives from alumni, parents, faculty, staff, students and friends. In addition to helping the college control costs, gifts to CST enhance the college’s efforts to achieve its goals

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You can help the Department of Physics advance its educational and scientific missions by contributing to one or more of the funds described below. Please use the account numbers listed when making a contribution through the Annual Campaign.

Click here to make a gift online and to learn more about how your gift will help sustain the quality of education for CST physics students today and into the future.


66003 - K.P. Brooks Endowment

This endowment honors Kendall P. Brooks, who taught astronomy and physics at CMU from 1910-1947. The endowment provides support for research and teaching activities in astronomy.

66513 - Leon and Frances McDermott Physics Endowment

This endowment was created by former department chair Leon McDermott and his wife, Frances. It provides funds for equipment to support teaching and research in the department.

66585 - Kenneth Wright Physics Scholarship

This endowment provides funds for a scholarship in honor of Kenneth Wright, who taught physics at CMU for over 30 years. The scholarship is given to a junior or senior with a major in Physics or Chemistry-Physics with an overall GPA of at least 2.5, and a GPA in major/minor courses of at least a 3.0.

66736 - Suzanne Rae & Walter James Bisard Endowed Award

This endowment was created to honor Suzanne Rae Bisard’s dedication to teaching science in the elementary school. Thousands of students and dozens of student teachers and interns from CMU have benefitted from her enthusiasm for science and for the art of teaching. The endowment provides funds for a scholarship for an elementary science education student who is at least at the sophomore level and who has an overall GPA of 3.0 or higher.

66884 - David H. Current Endowed Award

Established in 2011 by Diane E. Current and members of the Physics faculty in memory of our late colleague, Professor David H. Current, this endowment provides funds for a scholarship that is given to a full-time junior or senior Physics major with a minimum GPA of 3.0. The student must demonstrate a passion for physics, growth in problem-solving skills, and an interest in experimental physics.

9100047 - Physics Discretionary Fund

Funds contributed to this account support the general needs of the department. In the past, funds from this account have been used to support the activities of our student group, the Society of Physics Students, and student and faculty conference travel expenses.

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