They stoke the passion for learning, provoke discovery, induce epiphanies, and ultimately
lead students to map their individual pathways to success.
Many crucial research projects are underway at NMSU, from searching for alternative sources of energy and new agricultural plant species to feed people in arid climates, to ways of protecting and cleansing our water supply.
Much of the research funding at NMSU comes from government or private grants, but these don’t cover all of the costs. One of the NMSU system's campaign goals is to expand direct research funding, removing research limitations, attracting quality faculty members, and providing more opportunities for students to engage in undergraduate research.
An equally important aspect to attracting top-notch faculty is the number of endowed chairs, professorships and fellowships at the university. NMSU currently has 26 endowed chairs, 38 endowed professorships and 15 endowed fellowships.
The establishment of endowed chairs and professorships (which fund faculty) and fellowships (which fund graduate students) has a direct effect on how much government and private research funding is awarded to the university. Endowed chairs, professorships and fellowships attract top-notch faculty and graduate students. Better faculty attract more outside research funding and talented students—who want to be affiliated with high-quality faculty with abundant working resources. Professors, in turn, need talented graduate students, who contribute directly to research and accelerate results.
With a transformational gift, a donor can establish a named position that supports faculty endeavors consistent with the donor’s interests. An endowment for a new chair is $1 million, and a named professorship is $250,000. Proceeds from these are used not only augment faculty salaries, but to attract both new permanent and visiting faculty, who add depth and freshness to departments. Endowed graduate student fellowships are $100,000, and attract the best students from across the country.
As with scholarship endowments, endowments for chairs, professorships and fellowships exist in perpetuity, with an untouched corpus of funds generating interest each year that funds the position.
Key areas for programmatic research are:
Economic development is a key part of the NMSU land-grant mission, one that extends far beyond teaching and research and other on-campus activities. NMSU fosters a culture of entrepreneurship both on its campuses around the state and throughout the Borderplex, through partnerships, advising, corporate research and the activities of the Arrowhead Center, the regional source for technical innovation and interaction with business and industry.
Arrowhead attracts outside corporate and industry investment, such as the new Hunt Center for Entrepreneurship, funded by the Hunt Family Foundation to allow the synergies of entrepreneurs, faculty members, and students to cross-pollinate, creating opportunities, connections and progress. Continued funding will keep this regional economic engine moving. Transformational naming and other opportunities are available.
Arrowhead serves as an important driver of economic development in New Mexico and the region by:
Through the Arrowhead Center, the Aggie community at NMSU is boldly moving into the new century.