The goal of the Cabell Challenge is to raise $1.5 million for new science equipment to 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 from the Cabell Foundation, your gift will have an even bigger impact on student and faculty research that can help address some of society’s most pressing issues.
Your donation will help William & Mary nurture and inspire the next generation of gifted young scientists.
WHY SUPPORT THE CABELL CHALLENGE?
William & Mary’s ability to offer its students and faculty top-notch research opportunties 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.
The new equipment will be housed in a third wing of the Integrated Science Center (ISC), which will open in fall 2016 and feature 66,000 square feet of new labs, classrooms and offices. The expanded ISC complex will support 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 WORKS
The Cabell Foundation has made a generous challenge grant of $500,000 toward our $1.5 million goal. William & Mary is committed to raising $1 million in matching funds pledged by December 31, 2016, so that we can better prepare thousands of students each year for success in graduate and medical education. Funds raised through the Cabell Challenge will allow the university to purchase over 40 pieces of equipment, which can give undergraduates training in the latest techniques of microanalysis, microscopy, gene sequencing and computational modeling.
MAKING THE REMARKABLE
If you have any questions or would like to designate a gift to a certain department or ISC program,
please contact Annie Davis in the Office of University Advancement at firstname.lastname@example.org or 757-221-1604.