Success!! Through the Cabell Challenge, William & Mary raised $1.5 million for new science equipment that will enhance the education of over 2,000 students annually and maintain our standing as one of the best undergraduate science programs in the country. Thanks to a generous match opportunity from the Cabell Foundation, individual gifts had an even bigger impact on student and faculty research that can help address some of society’s most pressing issues.
The Cabell Challenge allowed us to purchase a methylmercury analyzer, a spectroradiometer, a confocal microscope, and 20 other pieces of advanced equipment.
The successful Cabell Challenge gets us only part-way toward a goal of raising a total of $4 million to fund the purchase of new, top-notch science equipment.
It’s not too late! Your donation will help William & Mary nurture and inspire the next generation of gifted young scientists.
WHY SUPPORT STATE OF THE ART SCIENCE EQUIPMENT?
William & Mary’s ability to offer its students and faculty top-notch research opportunities hinges on access to state-of-the-art science equipment. For this reason, it is essential to update equipment for neuroscience, molecular biology, environmental sciences and other exciting interdisciplinary programs that face increasing demands on teaching and research.
New equipment will be housed in the expanded Integrated Science Center (ISC). The expanded ISC complex supports teaching excellence and research conducted by students and faculty in the departments of chemistry, biology, psychology and applied science.
Natural philosophy was included in our first curriculum in 1694. Its modern equivalents, the STEM disciplines, remain a fundamental part of a William & Mary education. New equipment is critical to sustaining the powerful interdisciplinary teaching and research that distinguish science education at William & Mary.
As proud parents of Andy, a W&M double major in biology and mathematical biology, Erin and I have personally made a gift toward the Cabell Challenge. We did so because we’ve seen firsthand how putting state-of-the-art equipment into the hands of motivated and talented undergraduates enables them to do extraordinary research and be prepared for admission to the world’s preeminent graduate programs.
My lab has trained dozens of gifted undergraduates who have made vital contributions to our understanding of neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and ALS. Updating our facilities is essential to attracting outstanding students.
Together, William & Mary’s faculty continue to expand the frontiers of innovative research. Private support can make a tremendous difference in maintaining the excellence of our science programs.
As former president and CEO of Human Genome Sciences, I know the value of William & Mary’s rigorous training of undergraduates who go on to excel in the types of innovative research that drive biotech and other STEM industries.
I had no research experience when I entered my freshman biology class at William & Mary. My success in the lab gave me confidence to pursue graduate school.
HOW THE CABELL CHALLENGE WORKED
The Cabell Foundation offered a generous challenge grant of $500,000 when William & Mary secured $1 million in matching funds pledged by December 31, 2016. With the $1.5 million raised, we now can better prepare thousands of students each year for success in graduate and medical education.
MAKING THE REMARKABLE
If you have any questions or would like to designate a gift to a certain department or ISC program,
please contact Executive Director of Development Gerald Bullock in Arts and Sciences at firstname.lastname@example.org or 757-221-1023.