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Photo via the College of Science and Mathematics at Fresno State

published on October 24, 2017 - 11:08 AM
Written by The Business Journal Staff

An anonymous $1 gift will benefit two initiatives at Fresno State: student research in genetics and molecular biology and The President’s Circle for Excellence.

President Joseph I. Castro made the announcement on campus today along with Dr. Christopher Meyer, the new dean of the College of Science and Mathematics.

Castro said half of the gift from a donor who wishes to remain anonymous will fund undergraduate, team-based research in biology or chemistry with an emphasis on genetics and molecular biology for students in the College of Science and Mathematics.

The other $500,000 is a donation for The President Circle for Excellence, which is an existing fund maintained by the Fresno State Foundation for private gifts to be distributed at the discretion of the president to meet smaller program needs on campus.

Examples of President’s Circle programs include the DiscoverE student tablet initiative, the Student Cupboard, the Good Samaritan Fund and scholarships.

Castro expressed gratitude for the donor’s generosity to help strengthen the university’s mission and fuel student success.

“By elevating academic experiences and supporting undergraduate research we are opening new opportunities for our students to grow into the next generation of medical professionals and scientists and to be more prepared for the job market after graduation and beyond,” Castro said.

“On behalf of our students, faculty and staff, I’d like to express our deep gratitude to this visionary donor. This investment aligns with Fresno State’s strategic direction to enhance teaching and learning opportunities for our students and to remove barriers towards achieving the dream of a higher education. This act of kindness and compassion for our students is inspiring.”


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