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New Spaces for Sciences

One of Southwestern’s highest fundraising priorities is to create an exemplary undergraduate science facility, which will foster an inclusive and cross-disciplinary community and enhance Southwestern’s tradition of excellence in science education. 

The volume of students taking science classes at Southwestern, in addition to the number of science majors, makes the Fondren-Jones Science Hall the second-most-used academic building on campus. But many parts of the 60-year-old building are undergoing much needed renovations that will modernize and expand teaching and research laboratories, classrooms, offices and multidisciplinary gathering spaces.

 A $1.15 million Brown Foundation gift matched by the Mabee Challenge Grant, plus a $1.3 million grant from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) allowed the Southwestern math and science faculty to implement a broad, inquiry-based curriculum across the sciences and to purchase supplies to support inquiry-based laboratories in all departments. Phase I construction of the Southwestern Science Center, now underway, provides a crucial renovation of laboratory and teaching spaces capable of sustaining this new curricular model.

Read more about Phase II developments and Southwestern’s 
New Spaces for Sciences.
Science Center Phase II Architectural Rendering
Science Center Phase II Architectural Rendering (nighttime)
Science Center Phase II Floor Plans
Science Center Construction Photo Gallery
Naming Gift Opportunities in the new science center
See who’s on the Science Advisory Board


Visit the HHMI Inquiry Initiative site to see how math and science are being transformed at Southwestern.

Phase II construction will reconstruct the older, original portions of the building to allow for:

  • Public spaces that encourage shared investigation
  • Concentration of all the STEM disciplines in one area to promote interdisciplinary study
  • Full integration of the sciences into the campus topography

This comprehensive approach will require additional funding to complete the unified, state-of-the-art facility.

SU Science News

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    Southwestern’s new science center is “moving right along,” according to Ben Pierce, professor of biology and coordinator of faculty planning for the facility. “It’s really exciting to drive by on University Ave. and see how quickly the construction is coming together.”
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    Growing number of faculty members are using a new teaching technique