Supporting Rockefeller College

Below is a list of the current Rockefeller College Funding Priorities

1) Supporting the Rockefeller College Annual Fund.  These funds provide the College with the flexibility required to meet immediate teaching, research and service needs.

    •      $500 gift
    •   $1,000 gift
    •   $5,000 gift
    • $10,000 gift
    • A gift in the amount of your choice

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2) Increasing Student Scholarships

    • One year tuition and fees for a MPA student (in-state) -- ($10,065)
    • One year tuition and fees for an undergraduate student (in-state) – ($7,172)
    • One semester of support for an undergraduate student in the Washington Semester Program – ($3,586)
    • Scholarships for undergraduate and graduate students participating in study abroad programs (Estimated budget $2,000 per student)

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3) Broadening Undergraduate Student Research Opportunities. Students learn to think critically by engaging real world problems under the guidance of faculty mentors in the classroom and the community.  Undergraduate student grants are given by the Dean’s office on a competitive basis in the fall, spring and summer terms.

    • $1,500 (for a semester length project)
    • $3,000 (for a summer length project)

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4) Augmenting Dissertation Research Support

    • Graduate students completing their dissertations often require small grants in order conduct research (e.g., traveling for interviews, purchasing data, paying subject fees, visiting archives).  (Estimated budget $1,000 per student)

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5) Increasing Internship Opportunities

    • Nonprofit internship support for students working in organizations focused on socially important issues (e.g., homeless shelters, domestic violence shelters, food pantries/kitchens) which typically cannot afford to pay interns. (Estimated budget $3,000 per student)
    • International internship support for students working abroad for the summer. (Estimated budget $3,000 per student)
    • Internship support for students working in New York City or Washington DC during the summer. (Estimated budget $3,000 per student)

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6) Expanding Center and Institute Fellowships

    • Center for International Development Summer Fellowship ($3,000 per student)
    • Rockefeller Institute of Government Summer Fellowship ($3,000 per student)
    • Professional Development Program Summer Fellowship ($3,000 per student)
    • Center for Technology in Government Summer Fellowship ($3,000 per student)
    • Center for Women in Government & Civil Society Summer Fellowship ($3,000 per student)
    • National Center for Security Preparedness Summer Fellowship ($3,000 per student)

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7) Improving Teaching

    Teaching and Learning Conferences:  Rockefeller College is dedicated to placing the best possible teachers in our undergraduate and graduate classrooms.  In order to do this, our faculty must be continually exposed to the new and innovative teaching techniques and research.  Therefore, we would like to provide 3-5 faculty members with an opportunity to attend a teaching and learning conference each year.  (Estimated budget $7,500 per year)

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8) Program and Event Support

    Undergraduate Model EU and Model UN Programs
    Rockefeller College has recently initiated a program to support sending students to the SUNY Model EU and the Harvard Model UN programs each spring (in alternating years).  Support for this program would pay for student registration fees, student housing, and student transportation.  We would like to send a team of 5 to 10 students each year.  (Estimated budget $3,000 per year)

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    Undergraduate Honors Program
    Rockefeller College has a large and long standing departmental honors program.  However, most activities for the honors program are academic and individual (e.g., the honors thesis).  We are seeking to invigorate the honors program by providing a small annual budget for cohort building activities (e.g., guest speakers, annual Tri-City ValleyCats game, biannual potluck dinner, campus movie nights).  (Estimated budget $2,000 per year)

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    Innovation and Entrepreneurship Speaker Series
    The University at Albany has identified innovation and entrepreneurship as one of six strategic initiatives for transforming the University and the Capital Region.  Rockefeller College will be teaming with the School of Business and the School of Social Welfare to bring in panels of speakers to compare and contrast innovation in the government sector, the non-profit sector and the private sector.  The target audience is both undergraduate and graduate students.  The budget would cover the cost of speaker fees, dinner, transportation and lodging (if necessary). (Estimated budget $10,000 per year)

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    Service Learning Program
    The University at Albany has placed community engagement at the center of its strategic plan.  Although extensive engagement exists in several areas (e.g., number of students volunteering each semester), the University lags its peers in providing Service Learning opportunities.  Service Learning involves having students in a course participate in a significant project with an external organization and then bring back that experience back into the classroom.  Our long term goal is to have 5 to 10 service learning courses per year.  In order to achieve this, we need to have staff support for identifying external partners, developing meaningful projects, coordinating student participation, evaluating outcomes, and writing grants to support the effort.  (Estimated budget $25,000 per year)

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    Rockefeller College International Programs
    Rockefeller College is dedicated to globalizing its curriculum, expanding study abroad opportunities, and increasing the percentage of international students.  In order to achieve these goals, we need to be able to identify international partners, establish formal institutional ties (e.g., dual degree programs), and promote exchanges (e.g., an annual faculty speaker series at the partner institutions).  (Estimated budget $10,000 per year)