A $1 million donation from the Pitzer Family Foundation will support the expansion of science facilities at the W.M. Keck Science Department, a joint program of Pitzer College, Claremont McKenna College and Scripps College, it was announced Thursday.
“With this gift, the Pitzer family is pleased to continue its support for science at the Claremont Colleges,” said Russell M. Pitzer, Pitzer College emeritus trustee.
“Kenneth S. Pitzer, son of the founder of Pitzer College, was not only involved with the original plans for the Keck Joint Science building, but also consulted at various times with Pomona College and Harvey Mudd College about their programs. He and his wife, Jean M. Pitzer, endowed three professorships at Pitzer College related to scientific fields.
The Pitzer family is delighted that interest in science has increased to the point that the Keck Science Center must be expanded and is happy to support that expansion with this gift.”
Since 2002, the number of Pitzer students majoring in sciences at KSD has increased by more than 200 percent, according to school officials. In 2016, biology and human biology were among the 10 top majors within Pitzer’s graduating class.
More Pitzer students now major in one of the biological sciences, which include biochemistry, biology, biophysics, human biology, molecular and organismal biology, than in any other discipline.
The W.M. Keck Science Department focuses exclusively on undergraduate science education and is administered cooperatively by the three colleges taking part.
— City News Service
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