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The amount and quality of space that students and faculty share to teach, learn and collaborate is critical to the success of a science program. At universities across the country, science facilities of the highest caliber are inviting hubs of activity, offering spacious classrooms and laboratories with advanced instrumentation. They also have comfortable lounges, gallery spaces for displaying research projects, bright interiors, broad hallways and cozy spaces for small-group study. Stimulated by such an environment, students seek interaction across disciplines, which enriches their learning experiences. That's why St. Edward's University has begun planning for new science facilities.
J.D. Lewis, professor of chemistry says, "St. Edward's already provides an exemplary science curriculum, an accomplished faculty and state-of-the-art equipment. New facilities will enable the School of Natural Sciences to break free of limitations on program activities, attract additional highly qualified faculty members, add new areas of focus, and boost student enrollment."
The new science building facilities will be constructed in two phases the first for biology and chemistry, the second for computer science, mathematics and physics. Together, the facilities will more than quadruple the available space for science at St. Edward's. An auditorium will offer a venue for presentations and conferences, and expanded space will enable St. Edward's to adapt its programs to incorporate emerging fields such as nanoscience.
Groundbreaking for phase one is set for Fall 2004 with completion planned for Fall 2006. For information on how to make a gift to support the facilities, contact the Office of University Advancement at 800-964-7833 or 512-464-8811.