We enjoy generous support from our alumni, and we encourage you to join in that cause. Every dollar donated goes toward making the Department better in some way. In particular, competition for graduate students has really changed over the last ten years. In order to attract the best graduate students, it has become mandatory at most major universities to supplement the university stipend with a departmental source. Much of what we receive from our alumni goes towards that purpose. The Alumni Award for Graduate Excellence is a primary source for these stipends. Also, don't forget to check if your employer offers a matching program! Please join us today in fully funding this award.