Directed research is a high-impact practice that challenges California State University students to attain top levels of academic achievement as they develop and test hypotheses, participate in cutting-edge research and engage with course content.Pairing undergraduates with faculty scholars allows them to work on meaningful, rigorous and innovative research projects, while developing critical skills and promoting meaningful career choices to effectively support the state's economy and its future.
The naming of the Shiley CSU Institute for Palliative Care recognizes the generous support of Darlene Marcos Shiley. The prominent philanthropist announced that she had donated an additional $2.6 million to the institute in June, during California State University San Marcos’ annual fundraising gala. This latest donation brings Shiley’s total gifts to the CSUSM Foundation to $6 million, making her the most generous donor in the university’s history, with the majority of her donations going to the institute.
Palliative care addresses each patient as a whole person, including his or her physical comfort, confidence, emotional well-being, spirituality and dignity.
Shiley became interested in palliative care as she cared for her husband, renowned artificial heart valve inventor Donald Shiley, before he died of a difficult illness in 2010.
“To have watched my late husband Donald decline over four years was truly devastating,” she said. “But we both personally experienced the benefits of palliative care during the period, and as I quickly learned, palliative care isn’t just for those who are afflicted. It’s also for the loved ones and caregivers of people dealing with serious or chronic illness.”
The President’s Associates program at California State University, Bakersfield raised more than $150,000 to double the number of research scholarships over the previous year. As part of the Student Research Scholars Program, the donations will ensure that 50 students receive financial support to conduct in-depth research projects in a wide range of scientific disciplines.
Lockheed Martin recently donated $150,000 to the College of Engineering at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona to support the college’s unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) energy technology program. For more than four decades, Lockheed Martin has provided leadership gifts totaling over $1.3 million in support to College of Engineering initiatives, including scholarships for underrepresented students, faculty and student research collaborations and programmatic support.