Over the last decade, student interest and enrollment in STEM fields have surged at Amherst. When the College opens its new Science Center, we aim to make good on our promise of an 8:1 student-faculty ratio by expanding the faculty. Giving opportunities include endowed support for new faculty and post-doctoral positions, and increased funding for faculty research.
Our 8:1 student-faculty ratio is key to the close-knit learning environment for which Amherst has long been known. It is critical that we deliver the same degree of excellence to the increasing numbers of students in the STEM fields and economics. Endowed professorships provide the College with a powerful recruiting tool.
Close colloquy between faculty and students is one of Amherst’s hallmarks. To ensure that it will continue, we need to replace the legendary teachers now retiring with equally talented and promising teacher-scholars. Endowed professorships are a substantial and meaningful way to sustain Amherst’s faculty excellence for future generations of students.
The vitality of Amherst’s science programs is due to an outstanding faculty, comprised of some of the world’s foremost authorities in their fields. Support for start-up and research funds sustains intellectual endeavors across STEM disciplines, and ensures that Amherst continues to attract and retain world-class scientists.
Current-use resources allow new faculty to establish their labs and all faculty to deliver rigorous hands-on learning and mentoring in the course of their research. This creates opportunities for science and mathematics students to get the preparation, training, and guidance they need to thrive in these fields.