Donations from alumni support awards for our undergraduate and graduate students, including merit-based awards given at our annual April student awards ceremony. Donations also provide need-based travel grants for graduate students to attend conferences, an essential component of their professional development.
We count on donations to support our French Club and Circolo Italiano extracurricular activities and to help fund visits by guest speakers. Study abroad is also funded by generous friends and alumni of the department: the Hofstadter, Bentley, Valdman, Ragusa, and Gravit funds have all been used to support our students who study or conduct research abroad. Other funds, such as the MacClintock, Cannings, and Hyde funds, support awards for outstanding students.