When you make a gift to Drake, you make a direct, significant contribution to Drake's vision for the future. Not only can you leave a tangible legacy through your gift, you make a distinct impact on the lives of each and every Drake student.
Whether it’s a gift to a college or school, an endowment to establish a scholarship for a student, a membership in Friends of Drake Arts, or an unrestricted gift to The Drake Fund, giving to Drake University is a rewarding experience on any level.
Even a $20, $50, or $100 donation to the Student Travel and Research (STAR) Fund can have a huge impact, allowing a dedicated student to travel to an academic conference, present his or her first academic paper, or travel to perform scholarly research.
"Overall, attending this conference not only provided a valuable opportunity to present, discuss, and receive feedback on my research, but also provided the opportunity to meet and network with undergraduate students, graduate students, and professionals in the field of AMO physics. Considering that I am currently submitting graduate school applications for PhD-track fellowships in AMO physics, having this opportunity was extremely beneficial."
"Explaining our work, answering pertinent questions, and receiving criticism from a diverse range of sources both helped to enhance my understanding of my research, realize opportunities for further research, and gain a broader understanding of laser physics. While at times it was frustrating to answer criticism, going through that experience definitely better prepared me for future professional presentations."
—Alexander Kramer, 2014 STAR Fund recipient
"I was exposed to new research opportunities that I had not known about before the conference. After speaking with several professors from universities around the world, I learned some of the tricks to writing successful research grant proposals. In the future, this experience is likely to play a very important role in the success of my research in graduate school."
—John Emmons, 2014 STAR Fund recipient
In order to make a gift online to support the Student and Travel Research Fund, simply note that that your donation should be applied to the College of Arts and Sciences restricted STAR Fund.