A Special Thanks to CMU Donors

Did you know? More than 19,232 alumni, students, parents, faculty, staff and friends chose to give during our 2011 fiscal year and make a real difference.

For that, we’re so grateful!

Financial support this past fiscal year helped CMU:
  • Increase the university's alumni giving rate to 19.3% (from 16.8% last year), an important factor in CMU's ranking in U.S. News & World Report and other leading publications
  • Raise nearly $23 million for scholarships, fellowships and student programs
  • Provide critical financial aid to more than 50% of CMU students
  • Raise nearly $32 million to support our award-winning faculty and pioneering research
Our donors helped make these accomplishments – and so many others – possible.

Thank you to each and every one of our supporters who chose to give to CMU. We couldn’t do it without you!


Rothberg Awards

Ever wonder how the human brain processes thoughts? Learns new things? Or even how it ages?

The answers to these questions are becoming less of a mystery thanks in part to the groundbreaking work of CMU scientists. And now, new research awards will enable scientists to take their research even further.

The Rothberg Research Awards in Human Brain Imaging are made possible by CMU alum and trustee Jonathan M. Rothberg (E’85). The founder of four genetic companies aimed at improving human health, Rothberg wanted to support CMU’s leadership in brain science with the creation of these awards.

The awards allow CMU faculty, post-docs and students to push research boundaries while investigating how the brain thinks, learns and ages.

Seven recipients have been selected to share the $100,000 presented by the inaugural Rothberg Brain Research Awards.

  • James Bursley (HS’12), a psychology major
  • Alona Fyshe (ML’11), a machine learning Ph.D. candidate
  • Amy Hubbard, the A.W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in the Modern Languages Department
  • Guillaume Lematire, a postdoctoral research associate in the Psychology Department
  • Amanda Markey (HS’11), a social and decision sciences Ph.D. candidate
  • Richard Randall, an assistant professor of music theory in the School of Music
  • Leila Wehbe (ML’11), a machine learning Ph.D. candidate
More about Rothberg and the seven Rothberg Awards recipients>>

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The Bajaj Family Chair

Alumnus Kushagra Nayan Bajaj, vice chairman of Bajaj Group - one of India’s top 10 business conglomerates – recently made a gift of $2.5 million to Carnegie Mellon University. The gift will endow a professorship in the Tepper School of Business.

This gift continues to strengthen the university’s important connections to India. Outside of the U.S., the largest concentration of CMU alumni live in India. And of the 30 percent of CMU students from outside the U.S., the majority are from India.

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