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.
In the last decade, the volume of students taking science classes at Southwestern, in addition to the number of science majors, has made the Fondren-Jones Science Hall the second-most-used academic building on campus. Recently, many parts of the 60-year-old building underwent much needed renovations to 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. Phase I construction of the Southwestern Science Center, now complete, provided a crucial renovation of laboratory and teaching spaces capable of sustaining this new curricular model. Reconstructive efforts in Phase II will complete a unified, fully integrated Science Center in which our students and faculty think, create and connect across the entire spectrum of math and sciences at Southwestern.
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
- 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.
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