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Sarah Lawrence Alum Donates $2M To Establish Science Program In Bronxville

Sarah Lawrence College alum Suzanne Salter Arkin has donated $2 million to her alma mater.
Sarah Lawrence College alum Suzanne Salter Arkin has donated $2 million to her alma mater. Photo Credit: Sarah Lawrence College

BRONXVILLE, N.Y. - A Sarah Lawrence College alumni has donated $2 million to help create a new endowment that will support local students studying the sciences.

Just in time for the new academic year, Sarah Lawrence College announced the creation of the Suzanne Salter Arkin Science Endowment - which is dedicated to “attracting outstanding science students who want to pursue serious individual study of science while engaging in the arts.”

The fund seeks to expand both internal and external research opportunity for undergraduate students at Sarah Lawrence. The main focus of the endowment will be a new program that provides stipends for summer externship opportunities for students that have started “significant” research on campus.

“The gift is transformational for Sarah Lawrence,” Dean Kanwal Singh said. “While the college is well known for the arts and humanities, our pedagogy, which gives students research experience from day one, is also particularly well suited for the sciences.

“The new program will allow us to fund more students to do research on campus and progress into the externships in laboratories at major hospitals, research organizations, educational institutions and companies that are concentrated in New York.”

As an Alum of Sarah Lawrence College, Arkin said that it was important for her to help improve the educational opportunities for students at her alma mater.

“What is so exciting about creating this endowment is that it will make it even more likely that someday a Sarah Lawrence graduate will want he Nobel Prize in science,” she said in a statement announcing the program," she said.

Singh added that with the funds from Arkin’s donation, students will be able to better make use of their proximity to Manhattan and several major organizations.

“Taking advantage of our location and these research opportunities will enable our program to grow and to become more competitive with other liberal arts colleges known for the sciences,” she said. “One of the features that distinguishes our research program from those offered at most universities is the fact that students are directly engaged with faculty members on their projects instead of shadowing a post-doc or grad student, so our undergraduate students are an integral part of the research process.”

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