Need for Private Support
With more than half of the nation’s science and engineering degree holders in their 40s or older, the U.S. can expect increased demand for scientifically prepared graduates over the next 20 years.
These national trends—combined with an extraordinary enrollment growth at SIUE in science and health science majors and a 35-year-old Science Building with a deteriorating infrastructure and outdated equipment— have made a new science facility an absolute necessity for the University.
After more than a decade of planning and annual presentations to the state legislature, appropriations were approved for a $54.8 million Science Building Complex at SIUE. The 82,000-square-foot new addition to the existing Science Building broke ground on Dec. 1, 2009. One hundred percent of the building cost has been pledged by the State of Illinois.
The chemistry, biological sciences and environmental sciences departments and academic computer rooms will be housed in the new Science Building. The expanded facility will include:
Technology is at the center of the sciences. Today’s science students need access to the latest technologies, computer programs and instrumentation. Private support is essential to furnishing and equipping the completed facility.
Equipment purchased now will be utilized immediately by students and faculty for teaching and research and relocated to the renovated, expanded science building upon completion. Additional equipment will be purchased through private donations and installed upon completion of the building. The anticipated opening of the new Science Building Complex is summer 2012.
The College has achieved tremendous success in educating a growing number of students, attracting high-caliber faculty, obtaining increased research funding and developing responsive programs to meet the emerging educational needs of the region—in spite of more than a decade of state allocation reductions.