Private support gives Georgia Tech the resources to take the lead in new initiatives, to weather cyclical changes in support from government, and to make long-term investments in constantly changing technology, often before needs or opportunities are recognized by others. Support can be directed to BME faculty, students, and facilities.
Endow a chair: Endowed chairs attract, support, and retain eminent teacher/scholars in specialized areas. Senior faculty chair holders attract talented students and faculty, stimulate research, and help leverage funding.
Professorships: Income from these named endowments will be used to support outstanding faculty. Professorships give faculty the resources to remain at the forefront of teaching and research. The funding will be used to seed research projects and for travel, equipment, and student research assistants.
Junior faculty awards: These awards are given to the most promising junior faculty members. They help Georgia Tech retain and attract faculty who are tomorrow's leading teachers/scholars. Five-year grants are awarded to encourage innovation in teaching and research and nurture professional advancement during the critical pre-tenure years.
Named undergraduate scholarships and graduate fellowships: These awards help attract the most promising students to BME.
Support for student organizations: Support for student organizations such as the student chapter of BMES, Biomedical Research Opportunities (BROs) and Women in Engineering enhance the educational experience of BME students and contribute to the quality of student life.
Student awards: Special awards can be given to students in recognition of outstanding scholarship or leadership within BME.
Funding for current operations: Unlike endowments, gifts for current operating funds are available for use in the year received. Unrestricted gifts support core academic and programmatic needs and provide seed funds for new academic initiatives.
Permanent endowments: The Institute encourages school-based unrestricted endowments to provide maximum flexibility in meeting pressing needs and support for new initiatives. There are several opportunities for recognition.
Facility support: Name a laboratory, contribute to the BME Learning Commons, or give an equipment gift.