Boosted by major gifts from two great friends of Princeton, funds realized by the University during the Aspire campaign from trusts and estates passed the $100 million mark the summer of 2009.
A $25 million gift from former University Trustee Eric Schmidt ’76 and his wife, Wendy, has created an innovative fund that will power cutting-edge research and technology in the natural sciences and engineering.
R. Kelly Doherty, founder and managing partner of Caymen Advisors, has been named chair of Princeton University’s Annual Giving Committee.
The 2008-09 Annual Giving campaign raised $44,597,633—the third highest total in Princeton's history—with 57.7 percent of undergraduate alumni participating.
When President Shirley M.Tilghman launched Aspire: A Plan for Princeton in 2007, she said,“These campaigns are a testament to the vision and dedication of the far-sighted Princetonians who conceived, led, and supported them.”
Is free will an illusion? How do we make decisions? What is the nature of the mind? These are some of the questions addressed in “The Neural Basis of Free Will and Consciousness,” a freshman seminar that combines philosophy and neuroscience and immerses freshmen in the theory and technology of both disciplines.
The Aspire campaign has provided Princeton with a number of new endowed chairs, which will help the University continue to maintain a world-class faculty in a range of disciplines.
An enterprise as varied and far-reaching as the University requires support from many quarters, in ways both large and small. Princeton’s loyal alumni continue to meet this need with generosity and creativity.
Two Princeton students—Hassen M. Yesuf ’10 and Fatu S. Conteh ’10—have been awarded $10,000 by the Davis Projects for Peace, to build a well and redevelop a spring in Jorit, Ethiopia, during the summer of 2009.