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Giving to Astronomy

Research at AstronomyAlumni and friends of Astronomy have a lot to be proud of...

The Department of Astronomy at the University of Illinois takes pride in its students - courses taken for fun or credit, undergraduate astronomy majors and minors, UIAS members, graduate students, and astronomy enthusiasts. You have gone on to pursue a wide range of careers and have enjoyed an impressive range of personal and professional accomplishments.

The gift you make today will...

  • Support Department research by faculty, staff, graduate and undergraduate students
  • Encourage excellence in teaching and outreach
  • Support the University of Illinois Observatory

Give Online

Invest in the future of the Department of Astronomy! You can do it all at once or set up a schedule of payments. Choose how you want your gift used:

To make a gift, select the amount for the fund(s) you wish to support, then click the “Continue” button below. You will be directed to the University of Illinois Foundation’s secure online giving site for your personal and credit card information. To clear all inputs and selections click "Start over."

Department of Astronomy Annual Fund

Gifts to the general fund support the core missions of the department: teaching, research, and outreach.

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James B. Kaler Astronomy Classroom Fund

Help us honor Professor Emeritus Jim Kaler and upgrade the astronomy classroom to a state-of-the-art learning facility. Read more about the Kaler Classroom

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Friends of the University of Illinois Observatory Fund

Gifts to support the preservation of our historic campus observatory via the Friends of the Observatory.

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Icko Iben Jr. Distinguished Lectureship Series Fund

Gifts to support the Iben Lecture series bring top researchers to campus to give public talks on their work.

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Stanley Wyatt Memorial Award Fund

Gifts to support graduating Astronomy majors/minors with outstanding GPAs and track records of undergraduate research with this award.

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Layla Suzanne Ryan Scholarship Fund

Gifts to support Junior or Senior majors/minors in Astronomy who exhibit community service or outreach participation with this award.

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Mr. & Mrs. Hsiang Pai & Wen-Hua Chu Department of Astronomy Excellence in Research Grad Student Award Fund

Gifts to support graduate student scientists who exhibit excellence in their research with this award.

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Lew Snyder Memorial Fund

Gifts will fund graduate student travel scholarships in the Department of Astronomy.

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