In 2016-2017, CSU campuses received record-breaking gifts to support directed research, including a $110 million commitment to Cal Poly San Luis Obispo.Throughout our history, the CSU has provided unique opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students to work with faculty on meaningful, rigorous and cutting-edge directed research projects. These opportunities for our students – through your generous gifts – allow us to push the boundaries of knowledge and make discoveries that positively impact humanity and the natural world.
Alumnus Bill and Linda Frost announced a historic $110-million commitment to Cal Poly San Luis Obispo to transform undergraduate research at the university. The Frost's gift – the largest in the history of the CSU – will broadly fund undergraduate research in the College of Science and Mathematics, including facilities, student and faculty stipends, and equipment.
A $1.67 million gift commitment from The National College Resources Foundation is supporting the Liquid Rocket Laboratory in Cal Poly Pomona's aerospace engineering program. NCRF's gift will provide funding for lab space and equipment related to an upcoming national student competition to launch a liquid-fueled rocket to 45,000 feet, with the goal of ultimately launching a rocket into space. NCRF promotes diversity and opportunities for underrepresented students and is collaborating to build student interest in STEM fields and space exploration.
John H. Kern, a volunteer at the Romberg Tiburon Center at San Francisco State for more than thirty years, made a gift of over $1 million to build the center's John H. Kern Greenhouse. The greenhouse will provide a high-tech, environmentally-controlled system for sustaining wetland plants and tank-based research.
Sacramento State received a $500,000 gift from the W.M. Keck Foundation for the Sustainable Interdisciplinary Research to Inspire Undergraduate Success (SIRIUS) project, which incorporates course-based undergraduate research experiences into existing laboratory courses. The goal of SIRIUS is to foster collaboration, critical thinking and science technology literacy – all of which will help improve the retention and success of students, especially those underrepresented in the sciences.
Jan and Stuart Bartleson donated their 450-acre avocado and lemon orchard, valued at $11.3 million, to Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. Their gift will enable longer-term research projects, provide numerous internship opportunities for students and facilitate incomeproducing industry partnerships for the college.
Stu and Jan Bartleson were married for twenty years until Stu's recent death in January 2017. Their gift – the Bartleson Ranch – is the largest private land donation within San Luis Obispo County in the university's 115 year history.
Chico State's Valene L. Smith Museum of Anthropology already supports one of the country's premier museum studies programs. Thanks to a new $250,000 donation from Professor Emerita Valene L. Smith, the museum's educational and community impact will now transform more lives through a much-needed museum expansion.
Dr. Smith taught in Chico State's anthropology department from 1967 to 1988, and has been a major supporter of the university's Museum of Anthropology since its inception in 1971. She was nominated Outstanding Professor in 1981.