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“My Whitworth science classes provided me with the skills necessary for a career in research, while the liberal-arts framework allowed me to integrate my learning. As a result, I feel more comfortable engaging in interdisciplinary research, especially in the realms of physics, chemistry and biology.”
– Dennis Goulet, ’13, Earning a Ph.D. in Medicinal Chemistry at the University of Washington

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Whitworth’s innovative science education equips students to use technology and scientific knowledge responsibly and ethically, to solve real-world problems, and to serve the needs of humanity. Whitworth’s support of the sciences is evidenced in unprecedented growth in our science program: Since 2004, Whitworth has seen a 69 percent increase in biology, chemistry, physics, health sciences and math & computer science majors, which now number more than 820 students – 36 percent of the student body.

Our professors view their scholarly work as being essential to great teaching, and they engage students fully in the process of discovering new knowledge and creating original contributions to their fields. Science students collaborate with faculty on research ranging from plasma propulsion for spacecraft and creating a specialized analytical software application that screens for autism, to therapeutic treatments for celiac disease and the role enzymes play in memory function for treating Alzheimer’s patients.

Whitworth’s science students win prestigious national scholarships and are selected for summer internships with notable institutions, including the NASA Ames Research Center and the Stanford Research Institute; they succeed in industry careers; and they receive fellowships for competitive graduate programs at institutions including Harvard University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Columbia University.

Your Gift Makes a Difference

In recent years, Whitworth has made a significant investment in its science program through the construction of the new Robinson Science Hall, which contains state-of-the-art laboratory equipment. While Whitworth’s science facilities are now greatly improved, the funding necessary to acquire and maintain cutting-edge equipment and to conduct important research is lacking. Such resources are needed to serve our science majors; they are also crucial to attracting and retaining talented science faculty.

Whitworth places a premium on teaching and pedagogy, and our professors carry heavy teaching loads, which limit their time to apply for much-needed grant funding to support the faculty/student scholarship that is essential to Whitworth’s success in the sciences.

Your gift to science research will help sustain and enhance Whitworth’s science program by providing:

  • Funding to purchase and maintain state-of-the-art laboratory equipment and technology
  • Matching funds for critical research grants
  • Training to increase the level and integration of front-line research in the sciences
  • Ongoing, up-to-date science curriculum and pedagogy
  • Research and internship opportunities for students

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