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Science Center

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. 


Susan Stubbs

Executive Administrative Assistant



Susan Stubbs

Executive Administrative Assistant

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.

Science Center InfoGraphicRead more about Phase II developments and Southwestern’s New Spaces for Sciences.

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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Southwestern Officially Breaks Ground on Phase II of Fondren-Jones Science Center

On February 2, 2018, Southwestern University officially broke ground on the second phase of a $37 million-dollar expansion to the Fondren-Jones Science Center. The project is expected to be completed and ready to welcome students in the fall of 2019.