||Carol D. and Samuel C. Wait, Jr. ’53 Undergraduate Research Scholars Fund
In 2005, I was honored as the recipient of the Rensselaer Alumni Association Distinguished Service Award, which meant a great deal to me. In fact, to express our appreciation for the profound role that Rensselaer has played in our lives, my wife, Carol, and I found the occasion the ideal time to present our own gift to the Institute, the Carol D. and Samuel C. Wait, Jr. ’53 Undergraduate Research Scholars endowed fund.
When completed, it will have a direct impact on our outstanding Rensselaer students by providing a stipend each year to an undergraduate student in the School of Science to conduct research during the summer months.
We believe that research is an outstanding opportunity for our undergraduates. In fact, the School of Science wants to have all of our undergraduates participate in research at some time before they graduate. Today we only have funds to provide research stipends for a few students each summer. It is our hope to dramatically increase this number in the next few years.
I invite you to join Carol and me in making a research opportunity available for more deserving Rensselaer students – by joining us in investing in this important fund. I ask you to consider making your own gift to help us raise a total of $100,000. Growing the fund to this size will allow the Institute to provide, each year, approximately $5,000 to directly support undergraduate students.
The best part is, because it is invested in the Rensselaer endowment, the fund will provide a benefit to students in perpetuity. In addition, your gift to the Carol D. and Samuel C. Wait, Jr. ’53 Undergraduate Research Scholars Fund will be counted toward Renaissance at Rensselaer: The Campaign for Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
Samuel C. Wait, Jr. ’53
Professor and Associate Dean of the School of Science
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