President James M. Danko announced today that Butler University has received a $10 million grant from the Richard M. Fairbanks Foundation, Inc. to support Butler’s Expansion for the Sciences effort, an important strategic priority for the University.
This $10 million grant provides Butler with the foundational resources necessary to help launch the planning, renovation, and construction of science facilities at the University. The project includes new construction in addition to major renovations to the Dorothy and Edward Gallahue Science Hall and the Holcomb Building, which will physically connect Butler’s science programs in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences with the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences to create a Life Sciences Corridor.
“On behalf of the students, faculty, and staff of Butler University, I extend my deepest gratitude to the Fairbanks Foundation for this grant and the educational resources it will provide to our campus,” Danko said. “The Foundation’s mission will be continued as we expand our important work in the sciences.”
In addition to offering programs of study in biology, chemistry, computer science and software engineering, physics and astronomy, and psychology, Butler requires all undergraduates to take a minimum of one science laboratory course. The new and renovated facilities will add adaptable student classrooms and laboratories, as well as faculty and staff space to support collaborative learning and interdisciplinary research.
Butler has experienced a significant increase in the total number of students majoring in the sciences, with 200 additional majors—marking a 36 percent increase—over the past 10 years. These numbers are only expected to increase.
“After graduation, many of these students go on to help advance life sciences initiatives in central Indiana,” said Dean Jay Howard of Butler’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
The new science facilities mark a significant step toward the achievement of the University’s Shared Strategic Vision, which emphasizes innovative approaches to support Butler’s academic mission, research capabilities, and program offerings.
“The Fairbanks Foundation is extremely pleased to support Butler University in its efforts to expand and enhance the sciences on campus,” Foundation Chairman and President Leonard J. Betley said. “The University’s efforts will have a very positive impact in our community.”