Southwestern’s highest priority is to create an exemplary undergraduate science facility, which will foster an inclusive and cross-disciplinary community and will enhance Southwestern’s tradition of excellence in science education.
Built 59 years ago, parts of Fondren-Jones Science Center haven’t seen renovation. While Southwestern has renowned science faculty and state-of-the-art equipment — even eager prospective students considering SU over the competition — the building itself is in dire need of an update. More than 40 percent of all Southwestern applicants express interest in our science programs and about one in five students majors in one of the natural sciences, making Fondren-Jones Science Hall the second most used academic building on campus.
Phase I Goal Met
A $1.15 million Brown Foundation gift secures the Mabee Challenge Grant
Additionally, a $1.3 million grant from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) allows Southwestern faculty to implement a broad, inquiry-based curriculum across the sciences and to purchase supplies that will support inquiry-based laboratories in all departments. Phase I construction of the Southwestern Science Center provides a crucial renovation of laboratory and teaching spaces capable of sustaining this new curricular model.
View the HHMI Inquiry Initiative site to see how math and science are being transformed at Southwestern.
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Ben Pierce on the Sciences at Southwestern
Ben Pierce, Professor of Biology, talks about the science program and science center renovations at Southwestern University. Help complete the Southwestern Science Center by making a gift here.