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STEM Scholar Laptops

Raised toward our $15,000 Goal
117 Donors
Project has ended
Project ended on March 02, at 06:59 AM EST
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Laptops Deployed!

August 24, 2016

Today is move-in day for most of the First-Year Students at Gettysburg, but our cohort of STEM Scholars has been here since Saturday for a pre-orientation.  We have done many great activities with them over the last few days, including conversations about study skills, introductions to various offices on campus, and an actual lab experience involving cockroaches that made one student say "we all ended up meeting in a room and working together and at that moment we really felt like scholars."   The students even got a sneak preview of the newly renovated Hatter Planetarium on campus, thanks to Professor Milingo!

But without a doubt one of the highlights of the week was when Rod Tosten, Vice-President of Information Technology, and Eric Remy, Director of Instructional Technology, came by to give the new students their laptop computers and help them set them up.  Obviously, we couldn't have done this without your help, so we wanted to share with you a few photos of the day.  

As you all know, these computers will be extremely valuable in helping our cohort of twelve first-generation college students and students from underrepresented minority groups to be successful in their chosen science majors at Gettysburg College, and we want to thank you again for your financial contribution that made it possible. We are very impressed with this first cohort, and excited to see what they will accomplish both here at Gettysburg and beyond! 

Thank you again for your continued support of the STEM Scholar program at Gettysburg College!

- István and Darren

STEM Scholar Laptops: You made it a reality!

March 04, 2016

Thanks to the generosity and participation of 117 individuals like you, we were successful in surpassing our original goal of $15,000 and raised $18,800 towards the purchase of laptops for the STEM Scholar program participants.  We are very excited, and encouraged, by the overwhelming positive response from the Gettysburg College community.  Donors to this record-breaking crowdfunding effort ranged from young science alums, to parents, to Board of Trustees members and other fellow Gettysburgians (including 25 faculty members).  Our sincere thanks go to each and every one of you for making this possible!

It continues to be an exciting time in the development of our program as we are now in the middle of the membership selection process for the first cohort of STEM Scholar students who will arrive later this summer. We can’t wait to welcome them to the Gettysburg College family and your gift will play an important role in these students’ academic career.

Thank you!

István Urcuyo, Associate Professor of Biology

Darren Glass, Associate Professor of Mathematics

Thank you!

February 18, 2016

Thank you.  Thank you.  Thank you!

Last fall, when we first came up with the idea of using crowdsourcing to raise the funds to provide laptops for our STEM Scholar students to use at Gettysburg College, we really did not know what to expect.  Your generosity and participation has been a wonderful example of the giving spirit and community involvement that Gettysburgians pride ourselves in.  Your donations have brought us to the brink of reaching our original goal of $15,000, which would be enough to pay for laptops for the first cohort of STEM Scholars.  This is wonderful, and we are very excited that we are within reach of being able to do this!

At the same time, the STEM Scholar students arriving this Fall will be only the first of three cohorts that the NSF grant will help support, and we hope that the STEM Scholar program is one that we are able to continue for years to come.  If (and when!) we reach our goal for this campaign in the next 12 days, we will use any additional funds to support the purchase of laptops for future student cohorts and to support this scholarship program.  So please continue to help us spread the word, as the more donations we can raise for this project now, the better position we will be in to support the STEM Scholar program students going forward.  

Again, we thank you for your time and continued support. 

- Darren and István

Your gift will make a difference in the education of the STEM Scholar students.

February 11, 2016

Thank you, your generous contribution to the STEM Scholar Laptop crowdfunding initiative has allowed us to reach the “half-way” benchmark today!  Fantastic! We have received all ranges of donations from a broad spectrum of fellow Gettysburgians (alumni, staff, faculty, parents, administrators and many friends) and each and every one of those donations is an important step that moves us closer to meeting our goal of $15,000.  You are making this possible.

Today and tomorrow are particularly exciting days for this fundraising opportunity since we are part of Gettysburg College’s 36-hour challenge (Gettysburgives Challenge website ). You have already played a leadership role by graciously sharing of your resources and now we are asking that you continue to help us by “spreading the word” and sharing with others the news of this crowdfunding opportunity via your social media connections.  Here is a great opportunity to help the STEM Scholar program achieve its fundraising goal and also help the college reach its 36-hour goal.  It’s a win-win opportunity!

On behalf of all the STEM Scholar students who will greatly benefit from your generosity, your support and your time, I would like to once again thank you!

István Urcuyo, Associate Professor of Biology

Two days in...

February 03, 2016

Right now, I am sitting at home at my laptop computer putting together the next few homework assignments for my Calculus class.  If you don't know, all of the Calculus courses at Gettysburg now use an online homework system, which lets students get instant feedback on their work and gives different students different problem sets to work on.  While all students have access to this system in the computer labs on campus, I consistently have students tell me how much easier it is to do their Calculus homework if they have their own computers so that they can move between the dorm room, the coffeeshop in the CUB, the library, and anywhere else they study.  In fact, I have so many students bringing their laptops to my office hours that I recently rearranged my office to move the table closer to an outlet!

The goal of our project is to make sure that, even if they come from a financial background that would make it difficult on their own, all of the STEM Scholars have the same kind of access to laptop computers that many Gettysburg students take for granted.  In just over two days, we have raised almost enough money to pay for computers for two members of our cohort!  This is great, but we still have a way to go before we meet our goal!  Please keep telling people about this project -- Gettysburgians and non-Gettysburgians alike can help us help these students thrive in their STEM majors and diversify the STEM workforce!


- Darren Glass, Associate Professor of Mathematics

Our way
of Thanking You


Student thank you note

A thank you note from a STEM laptop recipient.

31 of 50 Claimed
Estimated Delivery: October 2016


Signed Photo

We will send you a class photo of the first cohort of STEM Scholars, with personalized thank yous from each of them.

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Estimated Delivery: October 2016


Phone call from Dean Stuempfle

Dr. Kris Stuempfle, Professor of Health Sciences and Dean of Natural Sciences, Computer Science, and Mathematics, will personally call you to thank you for your generous gift.

2 of 10 Claimed
Estimated Delivery: October 2016


Meet with STEM Scholar cohort

If you come to campus, you will be invited to meet with our STEM Scholar cohort and hear from them about some of the exciting things happening in the STEM fields on campus. Your gift also qualifies you for Gettysburg College Cupola Society Membership.

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Estimated Delivery: December 2016