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College of ACES Annual Fund
Student scholarships, beyond the classroom experiences, student recruitment, international travel, internships, and faculty and staff awards are just a few of the many ways in which the College of ACES Annual Fund benefits our students and faculty. Your gift to this fund provides unrestricted support to the Dean to support the most pressing needs of the College.
Academy of Global Engagement
The ACES Academy of Global Engagement, established in 2006, provides junior and mid-career ACES faculty with a structured academic experience focused on international opportunities and engagements that also entails an international immersion experience. This is designed to strengthen the international capacity and promote the international mission of the College.
ACES Faculty Excellence Fund
An unrestricted fund that provides resources to faculty to help them achieve their highest potential. The fund supports faculty needs that might not be met with state funds such as professional development, conference travel, and equipment needs.
ACES Library, Information and Alumni Center
The ACES Library, Information and Alumni Center (LIAC) is home to the ACES Library, a conference center, the ACES Alumni Association, and the Academic Computing Facility.
ACES Scholarship Fund
This fund provides unrestricted scholarship support for students to address the College’s most pressing needs. Funds may be used to fund a variety of needs, including, but not limited to, undergraduate and graduate student tuition assistance, student recruitment and retention, need-based scholarships, and merit-based support to name just a few.
Arboretum
The UI Arboretum is a living laboratory, including plant collections and facilities that support the teaching, research, and public service programs of several units throughout campus.
Feed Mill Project
Gifts to this fund will lead to a modern state-of-the art facility for feed processing and diet preparation in the top-rated Department of Animal Sciences at the University of Illinois. The construction of a modern agricultural animal feed processing and service unit is critical to sustained research and education of world class graduates in animal nutrition.
Friends Fund to Support International Programs
The Friends Fund to Support International Programs will use your gift where it is needed most to promote ACES global leadership and strengthen international opportunities in the college, and position ACES as a global leader.
International Graduate Education Fund
Gifts to this fund help provide opportunities for graduate students in ACES to be involved in research, education, and training experiences in programs and laboratories at international institutions, centers, and organizations.
International Projects Grants Progam
The International Project Grants Program supports faculty and scientists within the College of ACES in pursuing new international collaborations and partnerships in research, education, and outreach.
JBT Scholarship Fund
Jim Evans Endowed Chair in Ag Comm
The key to the long-term success of the Agricultural Communications Program is the establishment of an endowed chair—a faculty position that will provide leadership to the program. In recognition of Jim Evans’ many years of exemplary service, and as a driving force behind the development of the Agricultural Communications Program at the University of Illinois, the endowed chair is being established in his name.
Turner Hall Transformation Fund
Join us in transforming Turner Hall into a state-of-the-art learning environment.
Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering
Your contribution to the 'Ag & Bio Engineering Gift Fund' helps to provide the following departmental needs: Endowed chair professors, capstone design instruction, student recruitment and retention fund, graduate fellowships, undergraduate scholarships, ABE I4 Seminar Series, support for continuous updating of teaching and research facilities and equipment, support for student field instruction and international experience, support for alumni awards.
Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics
Department of Animal Sciences
Department of Crop Sciences
Gifts to this fund support such departmental needs as endowed chairs; capstone design instruction; student recruitment and retention; graduate fellowships; undergraduate scholarships; support for continuous updating of teaching and research facilities and equipment; student field instruction and international experience; and alumni awards.
Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition
The Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition (FSHN) is proud of our reputation for excellence in teaching, research, and outreach programs. We are striving to continue to implement and maintain quality educational experiences for our students and implement programs and projects to provide the public with a safe, nutritious, and affordable food supply that enhances human health. You can assist in maintaining the quality of the programs and facilities in FSHN by contributing gifts to a variety of funds. Outright gifts provide valuable support for current needs, while endowed, planned and deferred gifts provide substantial support for needs both today and in the future.
Department of Human and Community Development
Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences
Gifts to this fund support such departmental needs as endowed chairs; capstone instruction design; student recruitment and retention; graduate fellowships; undergraduate scholarships; support for continuous updating of teaching and research facilities and equipment; student field instruction and international experience; and alumni awards.
Division of Nutritional Sciences Excellence Endowment Fund
In May 2000, the Division of Nutritional Sciences launched its endowment initiative to provide a continuous source of funding to enhance the professional development of our graduate students. Our goal is to create a minimum $1.5 M endowment and to establish a minimum of 5 endowed graduate fellowships.
Food Science & Human Nutrition Pilot Plant
The Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition is planning a $3 million renovation and upgrade of the pilot plant facilities located in the Agriculture Engineering Sciences Building (AESB). These improvements will impact teaching, research and outreach capabilities for decades.
Jesse C. Thompson Scholarship Fund
This fund provides scholarships for former Research Apprentice Program participants who enroll in an ACES major. Students often cite financial assistance as a primary factor in selecting an institution and major. Jesse C. Thompson has worked his entire career to build strong diversity and inclusion programs in the College of ACES and this scholarship program honors his commitment.
4-H Annual Fund
4-H Memorial Camp Dining Hall
Academy of Global Engagement
The ACES Academy of Global Engagement, established in 2006 to strengthen international capacity, offers structured international immersion experiences to junior and mid-career ACES faculty.
ACES Alumni Association Endowment
A high priority for the college is to grow the ACES Alumni Association Endowment Fund to ensure programming efforts. The ACES Alumni Association was founded 50 years ago and continues to operate today by meaningfully engaging our graduates. As we look forward to our next 50 years, the Association faces new challenges as we attempt to retain the vitality of the association and the rich heritage of our college. Knowing that the future is often unknown, the ACES Alumni Association has created an endowment fund which will support our future programs. As our association prepares for the future, it is critical that we be able to respond to the needs of the college, the needs of our fellow graduates, and the needs of our future students. Funding from this endowment will allow us to sustain our existing programs and activities, but also ensures us with an opportunity to create and grow new points of connection for you and other alumni. Our long-term goal is to reach $1 million.
ACES Alumni Gift Membership
Agricultural Accounting Fund
Funds from this account are used to support the agricultural accounting program.
Agricultural Education Program
The Agricultural Education Program conducts numerous educational conferences, events, and professional development workshops for university students and high school FFA programs throughout the year. The program would greatly appreciate any financial assistance you or your organization can provide to help fund these important educational and leadership development activities.
Crops Teaching Lab Renovation Fund
Updated facilities will create a more productive and stimulating learning environment, while positively affecting the department’s ability to attract and retain the best students.
Department of ACE Academic Excellence Fund
The ACE Academic Excellence Fund was established by Dr. Wes Seitz and Austin Apgar, a former student, to enrich the academic environment in the department through support seminars and lectures, student activities, international travel, and private sector interactions.
Department of Crop Sciences JBT Scholarship Fund
Gifts from faculty, staff, alumni and friends to this fund will be pooled to support the Department’s Jonathan Baldwin Turner Scholarships for students in Crop Sciences. These scholarships are awarded to outstanding scholars who might not otherwise have the advantage of a University of Illinois education.
Department of Crop Sciences Scholarship Fund
Attracting the best and brightest students through endowed scholarships is a top priority of the Department of Crops Sciences.
Dr. Philip and Carol Buriak Endowment Fund
Your contribution to the 'Dr. Philip and Carol Buriak Endowment Fund' supports teaching activities in the Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering.
Farmdoc Support Fund
Gifts to this fund support the farmdoc website, which has up-to-the-minute data to help farm businesses make decisions regarding marketing, management, law and taxation, policy and other information vital to today’s farmer.
Graduate Student Travel Fund
The Graduate Student Travel Fund helps ACE graduate students attend and participate in professional conferences pertaining to their field of study. Conference travel plays an essential role in the academic growth and development of graduate students by providing opportunities for training, networking and exposure to the latest academic research.
Illinois Plant Breeding Center
Gifts are unrestricted and are used wherever the need is the greatest.
International Business Immersion Program
Gifts help fund student international travel as part of their out-of-the-classroom experience.
NRES Fund for Excellence
Attracting and retaining the best students is a top priority for NRES. Help us provide more course fee and online M.S. scholarships. Gifts to this fund help keep our programs affordable to a larger pool of bright young scholars.
NRES JBT Scholarship Fund
Gifts from faculty, staff, alumni and friends to this fund will be pooled to support the Department's Jonathan Baldwin Turner Scholarships for students in Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences. These scholarships are awarded to outstanding scholars who might not otherwise have the advantage of a University of Illinois education.
Investing in ACES
Your support makes it possible for College of ACES scientists to play a key role in national and international research initiatives of global importance in the biological, physical, social and economic sciences.
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