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Short personal message from the Dean

At the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics (NSM) we engage students in contemporary programs of study that offer innovative learning paired with hands-on experiences in the fields of biological sciences, chemistry, geography, geology, mathematics and statistics, and physics and astronomy.

NSM students graduate well trained for a lifetime of scientific research, either as workforce ready scientists and mathematicians prepared to enter careers in government and industry, or as future scholars who will pursue advanced studies at institutions like UC Davis, Cal Poly, Princeton, UC Berkeley, and Stanford.

We are proud of the diversity of our students – 57 percent of our students are female and 32 percent of our students are from underrepresented communities. Their perspectives add value and create innovation and scientific discovery.

With your support NSM students go on to rewarding careers as future doctors, scientists, teachers, researchers and community leaders. Thank you for your generosity.

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Serving our Students and our Regional Economy

The College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics educates a richly diverse scientific workforce and fosters scientific and mathematical literacy in the greater community. Our degree programs, research opportunities, internships and strong student support programs prepare graduates to achieve lifetime career success, contribute to knowledge and help solve societal problems. Our faculty, students and graduates promote regional progress through professional activity and community collaboration.

Fundraising Priorities

Exposure to undergraduate research is a hallmark of an education from the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics. Collecting and processing data bolsters self-efficacy, presents a more powerful real-world learning experience than studying work of others alone and helps prepare students for future coursework and careers in industry. Research opportunities engage students in their learning and keep them moving forward on the path towards graduation.

Together, NSM faculty and students are discovering new knowledge about real-world issues that we all care about – from autism, to HIV, energy efficiency, and environmental sustainability on the American River. Your support will help continue these collaborations, provide more students with opportunities to engage in research experiences, support student travel to present research with their faculty mentors at professional conferences, and help to equip lab spaces with upgraded equipment.

The Impact of your Donation

Over a lifetime, a student with a STEM degree earns on average 26 percent more than their non-STEM counterparts. For our students, many of whom are first generation college students, a degree from NSM can change their lives and the lives of their families. And for our region, this translates into economic progress. And we know throughout their careers, our faculty and students will discover new knowledge that advances scientific understanding and ultimately improves lives.

Through your support, you are transforming the lives of our students and the future of our community.

For more information about giving to the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, please contact Jennifer Navarro, Director of Development at jennifer.navarro@csus.edu or (916) 278-6288. Giving Tuesday is Nov 28, but your support is always appreciated. Give online anytime.