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To ensure a robust scientific program in Comparative Planetary Evolution, Caltech is seeking support for discovery funds, fellowships, and postdoctoral scholars. Named endowments, which are intended to grow and produce annual income, and gifts that can be expended today or over a term of years will have a tremendous impact.

To learn more about these projects, please contact Megan Denison, Senior Director of Development, Geological & Planetary Sciences at (626) 395-1529 or via email mdenison@caltech.edu.

Discovery Funds

Providing the venture capital to jump-start research projects in 3CPE, discovery funds support some of the most innovative and ambitious endeavors at Caltech. Gifts of $250,000 or more will endow a discovery fund in perpetuity, while smaller amounts are made available as expendable research funds for a year or longer.

Graduate Fellowships and Postdoctoral Scholars

Support for graduate students and postdoctoral scholars is essential to 3CPE's creativity and scientific impact, and is an investment in the early careers of promising scientists and engineers. Contributions of any size strengthen existing fellowships, while gifts of $37,500 or more provide a student fellowship for one year. Gifts of $750,000 endow a named graduate fellowship fund in perpetuity. Gifts of $1,000,000 provides complete support for outstanding young PhDs, giving them incomparable early career opportunities to address major challenges.