Thank you for your interest in supporting the Astronomy Department. The department has made breakthrough discoveries in recent years, including the first giant void in the universe, half of all known black holes, and the edge of the solar system. We were ranked in the top 10 in research quality in the Kinney Study of the Science Impact of US PhD-Granting Astronomy Departments, and we want to maintain this momentum. To do this, we need to continue recruiting exceptional faculty and students — and to support them vigorously while they’re here.
Collaborating on Astronomy’s Big Questions:
A gift to this fund supports a variety of activities that enhance the research impact and intellectual vitality of the department, such as cross-departmental collaboration, speaker series, visiting lecturers, outreach, and seed funding for faculty research. Undesignated gifts are placed here.
A gift to one of these funds supports graduate students in their academic and research pursuits. It can help cover a student’s annual tuition and stipend; provide computing resources for advanced data analysis and simulations; and fund travel to Magellan, MDM, American Astronomical Society meetings, and summer programs for telescope and software training.
This fund supports a range of undergraduate activities, including summer research experiences, distinguished speakers, student clubs and outreach, and student travel to scientific meetings or observatories like Magellan.
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- By credit card: Click on Michigan Online Giving and designate an Astronomy fund (such as “Astronomy Strategic Fund”) in the Other Area comments box in Step 1.
- Faculty and staff payroll deductions: Just complete the Payroll Deduction Form and forward it to the Astronomy Main Office in 830 Dennison for processing.
- By check: Send a check payable to The University of Michigan with your fund designation on the memo line to:
University of Michigan
500 Church Street
830 Dennison Building
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1042
Donors are eligible for Presidential Society Recognition, such as the President's Club ($15,000), the Tappan Society ($50,000) and the Hutchins Society ($100,000). In addition, your gift may provide you with federal and state income tax benefits. Please check with your tax advisor.
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