Transforming Our World:
With the growing global challenges of health, wellbeing, and sustainability impacting all facets of life, the Texas A&M College of Science is embarking on a major investment to attract top scientific scholars, build premier research facilities, and train the next generation of American scientists.
The time to invest in Texas A&M’s chemical and life sciences is now. Join us in this opportunity to bring the best minds together in a community of transformational researchers and educators capable of transforming the world with Science Now.
Science NowWith the growing global challenges of health, wellbeing, and sustainability impacting all facets of life, the Texas A&M College of Science is embarking on a major investment to attract top scientific scholars, build premier research facilities, and train the next generation of American scientists. The time to invest in Texas A&M’s chemical and life sciences is now. Join us in this opportunity to bring the best minds together in a community of transformational researchers and educators capable of transforming the world with Science Now.
The Time for Science is Now
Through Science Now, the College of Science seeks to expand its leadership role in conducting fundamental scientific research, transferring that knowledge to diverse communities of scholars and translating scientific innovations into technologies that benefit society. To achieve these goals, we will build upon our strengths, expand our institutional and industrial collaborations, and engage our local communities to deliver groundbreaking research in the biological, chemical, and computational sciences.
Our ultimate goal is to establish the Texas A&M College of Science as an international center for scientific scholarship, discovery, education, and innovation in a society where science matters.
Premier sciences, along with liberal arts, are at the heart of every comprehensive research university in the United States. Science Now aspires to attract top scientists that share our vision of leading the basic science world with Texas A&M scholarship and discovery. Our strategic plans aim to create premier biological and chemical research entities and grant young Aggies the opportunity to share in the experiences of scholarship and discovery that will transform the world with science — now.
“We need science, and we need the smartest minds.”
50 new endowed faculty positions
$250 million Chemistry of Life Sciences Complex
500 student scholarships and fellowships
Attracting Top Scientific Scholars ($200 million)
During the past several years, Texas A&M has implemented a strategic plan to attract, recruit, and retain some of the world’s leading scientists. Our top priority under Science Now is to further expand the College of Science and broader university research enterprise with an aggressive 10-year faculty investment aimed at attracting the very best scientists in strategic research areas. With 50 new endowed faculty lines at a cost of $200 million, we will hire faculty in Biology and Chemistry with a primary focus on synthetic biology — a new collaboration that seeks to build novel translational products designed to withstand pestilence, toxins, injury, pathogens, and drought — as well as in complementary areas of scientific computation in Mathematics or Statistics.
Building Premier Facilities ($250 million)
The sciences have long been a traditional strength of university and a key pillar of undergraduate education. Texas A&M recently became the first Texas university to exceed $1 billion in research grants in a single year, primarily from those supporting the life sciences. Because the nature of scientific discovery is inextricably linked to the quality of the research environment, we propose to build a state-of-the-art Chemistry of Life Sciences Complex (CLSC) to give Texas A&M the premier science research facility it currently lacks. We seek $220 million for the research building and $30 million to develop core research technologies to be housed in the complex. Without modern laboratory facilities, the full potential of our scientists will not be realized. With them, $2 billion of annual research funding is just over the horizon.
Training Tomorrow’s Science Leaders ($50 million)
Texas A&M Emeritus Professor and 1986 Nobel Prize in Chemistry recipient Dudley Herschbach put it best in a 2007 PBS interview: “The key role of higher education is producing two things — discoveries and the people who make the discoveries.” We are focused on attracting the brightest scientific minds to Texas A&M at the undergraduate, graduate, and postdoctoral levels. We will accomplish this objective by awarding Endowed Young Investigator Scholarships to 400 Aggies and Scientist Training Fellowships to 100 early career researchers each year. At a cost of $50 million, these endowed research training awards will provide top scholars from Texas and American schools the opportunity to learn from top scientists in premier research facilities at Texas A&M.
Leaders in Scholarship and Discovery
Innovation in Action
Texas A&M Science faculty are leaders in countless collaborative initiatives at state, national, and international levels, including a 2021 NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts project that could pave the way for construction in space using local soils, the first National Science Foundation-funded Center for Chemical Innovation in Texas, an NSF Transdisciplinary Research In Principles of Data Science (TRIPODS) institute, and a $10 million Department of Energy-funded Center for Excellence in Nuclear Training And University-based Research (CENTAUR).Read more about Learn More Learn More
Transforming Education & Research
College of Science faculty played key roles in the programming and planning of Texas A&M’s $100 million Instructional Laboratory and Innovative Learning Building (ILSQ) now under construction, as well as the complementary Innovative Learning Classroom Building (ILCB) that opened in fall 2020. The ILSQ will be focused primarily on undergraduate teaching laboratories for chemistry, whose recent infrastructure gains also include three new nuclear magnetic resonance spectrometers, two X-ray diffractometers, and three mass spectrometers.Read more about Learn More Learn More
Science Leadership Scholars
During Texas A&M’s "Lead by Example" campaign, the College of Science achieved its goal to raise $2.7 million to permanently endow its flagship retention effort, the Science Leadership Scholars (SLS) Program. This elite learning community is designed to financially and academically support high-performing science majors who share common risk factors, including being first-generation students from low-income families. Science Leadership Scholars are twice as likely to graduate in four years with a STEM degree when compared to students from similar backgrounds who do not participate. To date, the program has served more than 100 students, including 16 graduates and counting!Read more about Learn More Learn More
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Learn more about Maureen at: http://tx.ag/MaureenHaydenFeature
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Interested in Supporting Science Now?
Now is the time to invest in Texas A&M’s chemical and life sciences. With the growing global challenges of health and sustainability, expanding scientific knowledge and discovery is more important than ever. Join us in this opportunity to leverage the potential of Texas A&M scientists, bringing together the best minds and modern laboratory facilities to establish a collaborative community for transformative science research, discovery, and education.