The Vision of the Watson School
On a typical day, Watson School students work on some of the most daunting problems facing the world. Through their ingenuity and intellectual acumen, our students and faculty demonstrate a profound commitment to improving humanity. Their commitment needs your support.
Supporting Resources of Innovation
With a new building on the way, we seek funding to update labs, purchase essential equipment and renovate spaces being vacated in the current Engineering Building to ensure they remain state-of-the-art. We are offering several naming opportunities to support Watson School facilities, where creativity and collaboration are key to producing the world’s next great engineers and computer scientists.
Talented teachers, ambitious researchers and leaders in their fields come to Binghamton University for the opportunity to work with brilliant colleagues and exceptional students. Competition for top-notch faculty, especially in science and engineering, however, is at an all time high. We seek funding to create endowments for professors and chairs, to provide start-up packages to attract up-and-coming faculty stars and to retain the world-class faculty members who already lead our classrooms and labs. Additional funding will also help us support faculty development by encouraging more faculty members to present at national and international venues and to publish the findings of their important research.
Promoting Excellence and Diversity through Scholarships and Fellowships
Attracting talented students to join the ranks of our bright engineers and computer scientists continues to be of utmost importance. The Watson School seeks funding both for merit-based scholarships to draw promising students, as well as for scholarships and graduate fellowships to increase the number of women in the school and to attract students from underrepresented cultures and backgrounds. These funds will help support the Watson School’s mission to create engineers and scientists who are global citizens by promoting a diverse environment and offering our education to underrepresented populations.
Supporting Students through Experiential Learning
Students and faculty members roll up their sleeves and work together, seeking solutions as collaborative partners. To improve the educational experience beyond the lab and classroom, we seek funding to enhance and expand experiential learning opportunities for both undergraduate and graduate students. Corporate-sponsored design projects for our seniors and graduate projects with Strategic Partnership for Industrial Resurgence (SPIR) provide valuable opportunities to work with industry partners on real solutions to real problems. Additional funding will also help us establish an endowment to create more opportunities for our students to have hands-on industrial experience and to experience firsthand instructional applications in a real-world environment.
Points of Pride
- 50% of our nearly 9,000 alumni live in New York state, 92% in the United States
- More than 1,700 undergraduates and 700 graduate students
- Undergraduate class: 15% women, 6% under-represented minority, 14% international
- Graduate class: 18% women, 3% underrepresented minorities, 68% international
- Faculty research awards have nearly doubled in the past 10 years, from $7.75 million in 2001 to more than $13.5 million prior to fiscal year-end in 2010