Exploring the boundaries of human knowledge
Exploring the boundaries of human knowledge
The College of Arts & Sciences is passionately committed to creativity, critical analysis and discovery. Our imaginations inspire us to look beyond our current knowledge to ask questions about the world around us. We are driven to understand and solve problems that matter to society, in areas such as human health, technology development, the environment, political governance, economic innovation and literature.
With your support, we will expand our ability to lead and foster discovery in key areas of the arts, humanities, sciences and social sciences. In devoting our intellectual energy to probing these challenges, we will cultivate our students to become thoughtful problem-solvers in their respective industries and communities.
“We scientists, scholars, artists and thinkers are a curious bunch, driven for excellence in our disciplines and driven to mentor the next generation of leaders, thinkers and creators. The Campaign for Stony Brook will enable us to support students and faculty engaged in important challenges of our times, from drug discovery, ecological sustainability, criminal justice, economic growth, global migration, bioethics, gender equality, the creative arts, music performance, politics and race, and discoveries about the origins of the universe.”
Sacha Kopp, PhD, Dean
Catapult the Physical Sciences into the Top 10
We are proud of the strength of our physics and mathematics departments, with their strong ties to geosciences and chemistry. Coupled with our ongoing Brookhaven National Laboratory partnership, Stony Brook is poised to bring our physical sciences programs into the top ten nationally. We seek to add endowed professorships and graduate fellowships, as well as establish seed grants for collaborations and research, to achieve this status.
Leadership in Social Sciences
Building off of our internationally-renowned programs in political science and psychology and our proximity to the global economic and political capital of New York City, Stony Brook seeks to become a leader in behavioral political economics, decision making and economic game theory. We plan to invest in endowed professorships and establish funds for research innovation seed grants and collaborative seminars and workshops.
Frontiers in Biological Imaging
Stony Brook University is home to the Nobel-prize winning imaging technique of MRI and two members of the National Academies of Science. In the new century, we will leverage our ties with the Stony Brook’s Medical Campus and our strong fundamental science departments in chemistry, biochemistry and neuroscience to launch the next generation of diagnostic techniques and to pioneer new therapeutic approaches through funding core instrumentation facilities and research innovation seed grants.
At Stony Brook, our history and strength in the sciences has fueled a pragmatic passion for solving problems and positively impacting society. In the Humanities Institute, scholars from across history, culture, sociology, languages, and other areas come to investigate and expand our ideas on class, race, gender and politics. We will invest in hiring faculty, funding research, and supporting seminars and workshops that advance these efforts.
Inspiration through the Arts
Our internationally acclaimed faculty in Music, Art and Theatre attract aspiring students from around the world, who go on to be leading scholars, performers and artists in major arts and educational centers. Stony Brook is home to one of the premier Music departments in the nation, with performance, scholar and composition faculty spanning the classical, baroque, opera and jazz repertoire. The Art department leads the way in the study and practice of modern and contemporary art. The Theatre Arts department is using its young and exciting faculty to provide experiential learning opportunities for the diverse population at Stony Brook. With renovated studios and classrooms, as well as funding for graduate fellowships and undergraduate scholarships, our arts programs can shine even more brightly.
Enrich the Student Experience
Our students have the opportunity to explore new fields and acquire skills which will serve them professionally and personally for a lifetime. We prepare students for the yet-uninvented jobs of twenty years from now by cultivating an interdisciplinary perspective and a lifelong love of learning.
We recognize our students come from diverse backgrounds and for many the opportunity cost of a college education is the greatest barrier to a degree. We are committed to a supportive climate for students to explore their passions, irrespective of family background. With your support, we can fund expanded undergraduate scholarships, the College honors program and experiential learning fellowships.
While the processes that formed Long Island as we know it today happened over millennia, in geologic terms, they happened yesterday. Now, a new lab at Stony Brook University, the Laboratory for the Analysis and Dating of Sediments, will help us understand how it happened, and what it might mean for the future.
Thanks to a $1 million grant from the National Science Foundation, researchers from the Psychology, Linguistics, and Asian and Asian-American Studies Departments will study communication between native English-speaking undergraduates and non-native English-speaking international PhD students newly arrived in the US, who serve as international teaching assistants.
Thanks to a major gift from the Robert David Lion Gardiner Foundation, Stony Brook University will establish an endowed chair in the Department of History known as the Robert David Lion Gardiner Chair in American History. Named in honor of the late Robert D. L. Gardiner, the gift makes it possible for Stony Brook to appoint a prominent scholar in the College of Arts and Sciences, who will foster an increase in public interest in the history of Long Island and its place in American history, creating a robust intellectual resource available to wider audiences.
Alicja K. Malecka ’72
Anita Hill ’83
Barry N. Seidel ’75
Belina Anderson ’85
Christine F. Holloway ’94
Craig A. Weiner ’79
David A. Glazer ’70, ’74
David R. Walt ’79
Gary A. DeWaal ’76
Gregg G. Seibert ’78
James M. Keneally ’79
Jerry Canada ’94
John M. Lizzul ’75
John T. Lau ’70, ’73
Leonard A. Spivak ’64
Leslie H. Kaminoff ’77
Louise Guarneri ’76
Marc D. Tishfield ’87
Michael Manoussos ’89, ’93
Michael Y. Liu ’78
Myrna S. Chao ’77, ’80
Peter J. Remch ’72, ’74
Robert J. deBrauwere ’87
Steven I. Traum ’80
Steven J. Shulman ’73, ’75
Steven L. Bochner ’75
Errol A. Cockfield ’94
Vito A. Cannavo ’75