Philanthropy plays a very important role in what we do as an institution. Much of my research in medical informatics is supported by grants, but grants often won’t cover crucial expenses like housing for student researchers at Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center. This is why I’m so grateful for the Raymond G. and Diana L. Tronzo Medical Informatics Endowment. Without that support, I would not be able to do the research I’m doing here at Penn State."

Students and faculty will pioneer new frontiers of knowledge

Few institutions have integrated education, public service, and world-class research as successfully as Penn State. Our students thrive in an atmosphere of intellectual discovery, and both undergraduates and graduate students have the opportunity to participate in some of the most important academic, scientific, and social breakthroughs of our time while learning problem-solving methods that will benefit them in any career. Right now, Penn State faculty and students are racing to solve some of today’s toughest problems, from global terrorism to the environment to economic and educational issues. Private support can fuel these efforts and spark new collaborations with the potential to change our world.

Support for Research

Research Endowments

Research endowments—which can be established through a gift of $50,000—have the potential to yield tangible benefits beyond the University and are particularly vital in nurturing the work of junior faculty—researchers who may hold special promise and vision, but may face difficulty in acquiring funds from conventional sources.

Visit the dedicated endowments page to read more about endowment opportunities at Penn State.

Undergraduate Student Research

Research, traditionally categorized as an area exclusive to faculty and graduate students, is now part of the curriculum for many undergraduate students at Penn State. In many colleges, undergraduate students work in laboratories, field studies, and clinics. However, funding these research opportunities requires additional staff, time, and equipment. Consider a gift that would make a research experience available to more undergraduate students.