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Why I give to Colorado State

April 24, 2013
by Ellen R. Fisher, Ph.D.

Whether gifts are made once annually, or through payroll deduction, it's a great way to ensure resources will be available - in the lab, on the stage, in the field, or wherever - for future students to find their joy.

Ellen R. FisherAs a scientist, there are few things that rival the joy I find in making a new material, measuring a previously undetected physical phenomenon, developing a new analytical approach - in effect, solving a puzzle that no one else has seen or been able to decipher before. It's in sharing that experience, and encouraging students to find their joy, that I was first inspired to become a professor. It's also one of the reasons I give annually to Colorado State University.

 I am incredibly proud of the accomplishments of my department, including the cutting-edge research and teaching efforts of our world-renowned faculty, the efficient and effective work of our dedicated staff, and the academic achievements of our students. As department chair, I see firsthand how many of these are the direct result of giving from our faculty and staff.

Two new endowments

For example, two new endowments were established this year in the Department of Chemistry, both of which are being funded largely by faculty and staff: the Dissertation Award in Chemistry and the Professor Leslie DiVerdi Scholarship. The DiVerdi Scholarship will be awarded for the first time in Fall 2013 to Ryan Whitcomb, an exceptional junior chemistry major with a second major in physics and an overall GPA of 3.83.

The Dissertation Award will be awarded this spring to two outstanding Ph.D. students, Daniel DiRocco and Megan Lazorski. Dan's research with Professor Tom Rovis focused on synthesizing novel catalysts to produce new pharmaceuticals, and Megan's research in Professor Mike Elliott's group centers on developing inexpensive solar cell materials from earth-abundant elements.

As a donor, I recognize that I am taking an active role in the success of my department. I know that my individual support, combined with that from YOU - my colleagues - can effect a collective change and, together, we support the overall mission of our departments (and University) through giving.

Whether gifts are made once annually, or through payroll deduction, it's a great way to ensure resources will be available - in the lab, on the stage, in the field, or wherever - for future students to find their joy. I encourage you to consider making a gift to your department or program through the Faculty and Staff Drive.