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Connecticut College receives $1 million gift to support the sciences

09/1/2009

NEW LONDON, Conn. - Connecticut College has received a $1 million gift to support science education. The gift, from an anonymous donor who is an alumna of the college, will be used to enhance science facilities on campus.

"Our alumni recognize the value of a Connecticut College education, especially in today's rapidly changing, global marketplace," Connecticut College President Leo I. Higdon Jr. said. "We are grateful to this generous alumna for her support of the sciences at Connecticut College. Her gift will have a tremendous impact on our students as they pursue cutting-edge research, develop important analytical skills and collaborate with faculty and peers."

Within the context of a liberal arts curriculum, science students at Connecticut College take classes taught by award-winning professors who excel as teachers, mentors and partners in student-faculty research. Students have unique opportunities to co-author articles for academic journals, present at national and international conferences and get hands-on experience with state-of-the art equipment typically found only at large research universities.

"I believe a liberal arts education is important for everyone - regardless of field of interest," the donor said. "The sciences hold answers to problems of medicine, environment and quality of life in our society, and giving students the best education and experiences in that area creates individuals who may solve these problems."

About Connecticut College

Situated on the coast of southern New England, Connecticut College is a highly selective private liberal arts college with 1900 students from all across the country and throughout the world. On the college's 750-acre arboretum campus overlooking Long Island Sound, students and faculty create a vibrant social, cultural and intellectual community enriched by diverse perspectives. The college, founded in 1911, is known for its unique combination of interdisciplinary studies, international programs, funded internships, student-faculty research and service learning.

For more information, visit www.conncoll.edu.

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