The Department of Physics, through the University of Illinois Foundation, offers its alumni and friends a number of current and deferred gift options to help maintain the excellence that is the tradition of Illinois Physics.

These options include the following types of gifts, which are typically established through permanent endowment funds:

Endowed Faculty Chair

  • Enables the Department to attract and retain professors of proven brilliance
  • Income may be used to provide salary support and much of the professor's specific teaching and research expenses
  • Minimum required gift: $2 million

Endowed Professorship

  • Helps the Department attract and retain promising professors early in their careers. This is one way to ensure the continued quality of the Department's faculty
  • The income may be used to augment the professor's salary or support the professor's scholarly and research needs
  • Minimum required gift: $500,000

Endowed Fellow

  • Enables the Department to invite scholars and others who have distinguished themselves in their fields to visit campus and share their expertise with students and faculty for variable periods of time. Income will be used to provide stipends to visiting fellows
  • Minimum required gift: $250,000

Endowed Research

  • Support research activities in the department
  • Income may be used to purchase such things as laboratory equipment, research materials, computer equipment, or pay for staff support
  • Minimum required gift: $200,000

Endowed Graduate Fellowship/Assistantship

  • Provides a crucial means of attracting some of the best and brightest graduate students in the world to the Department
  • Income will be applied toward the support of selected students
  • Minimum required gift: $250,000

Endowed Lecture Series

  • Allow faculty and students to interact with distinguished leaders who are influencing disciplines, society, the nation, or the world
  • Income from the fund is used to provide the resources to cover the expenses of bringing such speakers to campus
  • Minimum required gift: $100,000

Endowed Undergraduate Scholarships

  • Helps the Department to attract the finest undergraduate students
  • Income will be applied toward the selected student's tuition
  • Minimum required gift: $25,000

Alumni and Advancement Contact

Jana Zollinger
Jana Zollinger
Jana Zollinger
Director of Advancement


310 Engineering Hall


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