College of Science

Where accomplished faculty and next-generation scientists engage side-by-side in groundbreaking research

Thanks to donors like you, the College of Science is among the most prolific academic research centers in the world, recognized for the unparalleled caliber of our achievements. Our mission is to encourage the aggressive pursuit of research excellence, and to support novel teaching and outreach programs. A nexus of award-winning programs and centers that encourage both independent and collaborative-driven research, our academic departments, schools and research units encompass the range of physical, mathematical, environmental and life sciences.

Our scientists and students also share their knowledge with the local and broader community through extensive outreach and public service initiatives, such as working with local Tucson libraries to provide STEM activities for kids. Your support helps make our outreach efforts possible. Donors also help us empower faculty to pursue the research they’re passionate about and make educational opportunities available for our brightest students.

The department of astronomy is a world leader in research and home to one of the top academic programs in the world. The department is directly associated with Steward Observatory, an internationally renowned astronomical research center that has led the development of new light detectors, giant telescope mirrors, and much more.

Your support helps us retain and recruit some of the best faculty in the country. Our distinguished faculty include 3 MacArthur Fellows, 2 Royal Society Fellows, 1 Howard Hughes Medical Institute Professor, 7 Packard Science and Engineering Fellowships, 14 Guggenheim Fellows, 10 National Academy of Science Members, 7 American Academy of Arts and Sciences Members, 30 American Association for the Advancement of Science Fellows, 36 UA Regents’ Professors and 13 UA Distinguished Professors.

Some of Our Top Priorities

Dean's Fund for Excellence

Your unrestricted support will help recruit and retain the best faculty and student talent available and provides the facilities and equipment to encourage breakthrough research.

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Scholarship Support

Help support the creativity of our students by providing critical financial support to make their education more accessible and to increase opportunities for research involvement.

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Faculty Support

The College of Science has earned an international reputation for its strong research and academic programs. Your support carries this tradition of excellence and will help us recruit and retain the best faculty talent available to encourage breakthrough research. 

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Science Community Outreach

Your gift will help expand access to a wide range of programs like our Science Lecture Series, designed to inform and engage the public in scientific research while also supporting our community.

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