Students in the College of Sciences and Humanities explore cultural and scientific truths that advance our world. The College is the heart of liberal arts education and the University’s largest college, with 16 departments that span the humanities; the natural, mathematical, and computer sciences; and the social sciences.

Your gift can help alleviate financial burdens for deserving students eager to participate in competitions, community projects, and conferences. Your support will also fuel professional development for faculty, supplement community outreach, supply leading equipment, and draw top thought-leaders to engage and inspire students.

"I'm grateful I'm at a University where the alumni are so connected with the people and the infrastructure, and it really shows me that these connections are always going to be here. And the generosity of those donors has really enabled students to have a better experience here at Ball State."

—Viveka Melo
Psychology Major

General Funds

Purpose

Provide support for departmental programs

Examples

  • luncheon for graduate students
  • transfer funds to Ancient Studies to help fund speaker fees
  • reimburse faculty for meals purchased during Chair interviews
  • donation for Midwest Campus Safety Summit

Purpose

Provide support for students in all Biology programs

Examples

This fund supports:

  • students to attend professional meetings
  • student research
  • bringing external scholars to present their research to our students
  • equipment for Biology teaching laboratories
  • environmental Biology field experiences

Fund Purpose

To support the Department of Chemistry by providing funds for needs not covered by the operating budget.

Examples

  • CRISP stipends (summer undergraduate research students)
  • faculty and student travel to present research
  • supplies for faculty and student research
  • seminar speaker travel and meal expense

Fund Purpose

To support Department of Computer Science initiatives, projects and supplies not normally allowed with the taxpayer and tuition supported operating funds.

Examples

  • student travel (reimbursing students or faculty who have paid for the expenses of student travel such as conference registration, overnight lodging, mileage for driving a car, etc.) to present research and creative endeavors
  • refreshments at student-oriented events
  • supplies for student recruiting events

Fund Purpose

Provides funds for the welfare, support and advancement of programs in the Criminal Justice and Criminology Department.

Examples

  • job search expenses for open faculty and staff positions
  • catering for the Annual Awards and Recognitions Ceremony
  • plaques and certificates for the Awards and Recognitions Ceremony
  • catering for the Homecoming Tailgate Event

Fund Purpose

Provides funds for English department programs such as lectures, poetry readings, creative writing contests, achievements and other special awards to students. 

Examples

  • graduate student orientations
  • African American Studies readings and panels
  • student travel to national conferences such as Sigma Tau Delta National Convention, NCTE, CCCC, etc.
  • internal student recognition events such as the Practical Criticism Midwest conference and the Robert Bell Ball Awards Ceremony
  • course film screenings

Geology General Fund

Fund Purpose

Provides funds for Geology Department programs

Examples

Faculty and student professional development including conference travel, professional training and research projects

Natural Resources General Fund

Fund Purpose

Provides funds for the welfare, administration and advancement of the programs of the natural resources and environmental management department

Examples

Faculty and student professional development including conference travel, professional training and research projects

Purpose

Provides funds for Geography Department programs

Examples

  • expenses for events (guest speakers, holiday dinner, spring awards program) within the department for students, faculty and staff
  • job search expenses for open faculty positions

Fund Purpose

To aid in the History Department’s professionalization of students and in engagement with the broader community.

Examples

Funds from our Foundation Account are used to support:

  • the Student History Conference, now in its twenty-third year
  • provide honoraria and travel accommodations for well-published and highly regarded historians
  • bring back to campus alumni to consult with students about career options

Fund Purpose

Provides funds for mathematical sciences programs.

Examples

  • student and faculty travel
  • receptions, and other activities that promote the advancement of the Department.

Purpose

To cover a wide range of needs not covered by the operating budget.

Examples

  • contract faculty moving expenses
  • scholarship funds transfers to aid in scholarship awards
  • student retention events
  • faculty fellowship events
  • scholarship awards dinner for students and parents

Fund Purpose

Provides funds for the welfare, administration, and advancement of programs of the Philosophy Department.

Examples

  • job search expenses for open faculty positions
  • guest speaker honorariums
  • co-sponsoring of campus events
  • reimbursements for faculty expenses

Fund Purpose

To support the department’s needs and supplies that are not covered by the operating budget.

Examples

  • student Recognition Events
  • weekly Colloquium Event
  • SPS Student Organization Events
  • new Contract Faculty Moving Expenses

Fund Purpose

Provides funds for the welfare, support, and advancement of political science programs.

Examples

  • enhance student experiences through assisting with travel expenses to attend conferences and assist with research
  • extended faculty professional development opportunities
  • other expenses not covered within the operating budget

Fund Purpose

To support multiple activities not covered in the operating budget

Examples

  • graduate and undergraduate travel to scientific conferences
  • support for immersive learning initiatives and student recruitment

Fund Purpose

To support Department of Sociology initiatives, projects, and supplies not covered by the operating budget.

Examples

  • student immersive learning, travel, scholarships, and supplemental training
  • job search expenses for open faculty positions
  • faculty professional development

Fund Purpose

Provides funds for guest speakers, expenses, and receptions to bring speakers on women and gender roles to the campus.

Examples

  • speaker fees
  • travel expenses
  • receptions
  • related costs

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Use our secure online giving portal to make a difference today. On the form, use the drop-down menu to select the account you'd like to support, then use your credit or debit card to make your gift.

More Ways to Give

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