Options for Investing
Giving is a very personal decision and can be matched to your values, wishes, and aspirations. Support an academic scholarship or outreach event, leave an endowment gift in your will, or name a space in the new Gates Complex. There are numerous options to consider within the key priorities of any great university: students, faculty, facilities, programs, and research.
UTCS Capital Campaign, and Major and Outright Gifts
Support the future of computer science in the Southwest!
The new UTCS home, the Bill & Melinda Gates Computer Science Complex and the Dell Computer Science Hall, is a crucial component in our strategy to maintain the vibrancy, innovation and relevance of our research and educational missions. Without adequate facilities, we simply cannot remain competitive. If you are interested in the capital campaign, please contact chair [at] cs [dot] utexas [dot] edu (UTCS Chair Bruce Porter).
Outright, unrestricted gifts are the most flexible gift as they allow the department flexibility in determining the highest priority needs.
Leave a lasting legacy in a name of your choice.
Naming and title opportunities are available for facilities, events, programs, endowments and scholarships. Please contact chair [at] cs [dot] utexas [dot] edu (UTCS Chair Bruce Porter) to further discuss an interest in naming opportunities.
Corporate and Foundation Support
Support collaborative research and recruiting programs linking industry and UTCS talent for mutual benefit and long-term economic security.
- Friends of Computer Science
- Research support
- Matching gifts
- Non-monetary/in-kind (tangible personal property such as equipment, products, technology, collections, etc.)
- Many other forms of corporate and foundation support and collaboration are ongoing in the department.
Invest in recruiting and retaining excellent faculty, ensuring superior teaching and research. Inspirational faculty are the strength of academic/research units and top faculty seek out institutions where they can peer with leading researchers and educators, work in state-of-the-art facilities and reach their professional goals. UTCS faculty have earned significant honors. In order to maintain this high level of talent, UTCS must offer competitive packages and incentives to compete against other top-ten universities.
Endowment Funding Levels
- Tenure track teaching endowments
- Non-tenure track needs such as new course development, career development, and professional conference expenses
- Endowed chairs are awarded to deans, department chairs, and superior faculty to enhance their scholarly efforts
Current Faculty Support
- Inman Centennial Chair
- Centennial Chair in Computing Systems
- Schlumberger Centennial Chair in Computer Science
- Centennial Chair in Computing Theory
- Alfred A. King Centennial Lectureship
- Mike A. Myers Centennial Professorship in Computer Science
- 1983 David Bruton, Jr. Centennial Professorship in Computer Science
- 1984 David Bruton, Jr. Centennial Professorship in Computer Science
- Gottesman Family Centennial Professorship in Computer Science
- Quincy Lee Centennial Professorship in Computer Science
- The John Werth Commemorative Memorial Fund
Support landmark research in a variety of computing disciplines as the future of computer science unfolds. Cutting-edge computing research defines the future, ensures a strong digital economy, and requires a continuing investment. UTCS research support can be given as an endowment, an outright gift to a professor or research area or as sponsored research through the UT Office of Sponsored Projects.
UT’s Office of Technology Commercialization can assist with taking innovations to market.
Student support can be in the form of endowments, annual support, outright gifts, pipeline funding to create an ongoing graduation output, and/or diversity funding to support diversity in computing. The name of the gift may be crafted to the donor's wishes.
Graduate Student Support
Invest in a culture of excellence by recruiting and retaining the best and brightest graduate talent. Competitive fellowships make the difference in whether UTCS captures the best graduate talent. Graduate students play many critical roles including: research investigators who push limits with new ideas and challenges, research managers who run labs and oversee experiments, and serve as educational liaisons and mentors between professors and undergraduate students. endowments or outright gifts.
Undergraduate Student Support and Scholarships
Support students as they grow into the future. Adequate student funding that minimizes the financial obstacles students face ensures solid recruitment, retention and support of tomorrow’s leaders. Be a part of producing a computing workforce trained to solve ever-changing problems - imaginers, innovators, risk-takers, problem solvers, and designers with skills not easily off-shored.
Grant funded opportunities allow UTCS to significantly expand its quality and reach. UTCS continually scans the grant horizon for possible matches with our research, educational and outreach programs.
Outreach and Special Programs Support
Foster student success in an intellectually and scientifically enriched environment by supporting student organizations, scholars programs, student research and funding to recruit and retain underrepresented populations.
- Turing Scholars Student Association (TSSA)
- Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP)
- Association for Computing Machinery, UT Student Chapter (ACM)
- Graduate Representative Association of Computer Science (GRACS)
- Upsilon Pi Epsilon, Honors Society, a SIG of ACM (UPE)
- Women in Computer Sciences (WICS)
- First Bytes Computer Camp for Young Women and Teachers Camp
- Math and science outreach
- Elements Program, computing courses for non-majors
Events and Publications Sponsorship
Support outreach efforts and receive high visibility billing in sponsored publications and events.
|Sponsorship Opportunity||Suggested Amount|
|* UTCS Newsletter||$2500|
|* TGIF- Monthly mixer with faculty, graduate students and staff||$500|
|* GradFest: The Prospective Graduate Student Open House||$5000|
|UTCS Scholarship Recognition Event (for donors and students)||$2500|
|Visions Seminar (faculty recognition event)||$2500|
|* UTCS Commencement Event||$2500|
|* Turings Recruitment Lunch at Explore UT||$2500|
|Student Organization Events||$1500|
|UTCS Roadshow (recruiting high school students)||$2000|
|Grace Hopper Conference (women in computing outreach)||$7500|
|Richard Tapia Diversity in Computing Conference||$7500|
* Reserved for Friends of Computer Science (FoCS) partners
Planned and Estate Giving
Support computer science growth for tomorrow and beyond by leaving legacy funding. Smart philanthropy can advance great causes while minimizing tax burdens and maximizing current income and future inheritances to heirs. There are many mutually beneficial options available for retirement and estate planning that afford flexibility, customization, legacy and make good financial sense.
- Explore the possibilities through UT’s Office of Gift Planning.
- Planned giving donors are eligible to join the Texas Leadership Society with a planned gift of any amount.
Memorial Funds and E-Tribute
Honor a computer scientist, technology leader or loved one than with an E-Tribute or gift to a memorial fund. Personalize your gift to an existing UTCS memorial fund:
or initiate an on-line UTCS etribute memorial in memory of a loved one and share it with family and friends around the world.
Alumni and Annual Fund Giving
Protect the value of your degree by supporting the people and programs that make UTCS a top ten program.
- Alumni programs and outreach
- Support UTCS initiatives as an alumnus
- Hooked on Texas Annual Fund giving supports unrestricted, general initiatives. Please designate UTCS as the recipient under the College of Natural Sciences. Responding to telethon and mail requests with a contribution of any size is an important part of our ability to provide academic excellence funds, research funds, lecture series, outreach and student programs.
Faculty and Staff Giving
Support University endeavors through payroll deduction or outright gifts to your areas of interest.
Charitable contributions can be made with pre-tax dollars using payroll deduction accessible on UT Direct.
Instructions for Using Payroll Deduction
- Log on to UT Direct
- On the right side of the page, scroll down to "Personal Info" and click on the "Giving to UT" link. The page for making gifts to UT through payroll deduction will appear.
- Choose any UT area that you would like to support. If there is a department option for that college, school, or unit, choose that as well. If you want your gift to go to UTCS, you must select it in the menu and type it in the text box for it to be transferred correctly.
- If you wish to make a gift to a special area or a memorial gift, note it in the text box in Section 2.
- Choose any amount for your gift. You can make your gift for one month or choose to have it deducted from your paycheck for up to 24 months.
- Confirm your contact information, which is provided by the employee directory.
- Click on "Submit."
Support an investment in non-monetary needs (equipment, products, technology, collections). Join past non-monetary supporters including Intel, IBM, HP, Cisco, Sun Microsystems and AMD to ensure UTCS has the best equipment and products to support our work.
We stand ready to assist you with information, discussion or initiation of a gift or collaborative effort.
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