Department of Natural Sciences

“An important aspect of training the next generation of scientists is to give our students the opportunity to participate in research projects where new discoveries are being made, outside of a traditional teaching lab.  These opportunities set our students apart whether applying for admission to graduate and professional programs or pursuing employment in research labs.  While the college and department are able to provide a certain level of economic support to make this happen, additional resources to provide funds for consumable materials that makes this research possible would be a tremendous benefit to our students.”

-Dr. Jeffry Thornsberry, Chair of the Department of Natural Sciences


Much of the impressive scientific instrumentation at Northwest is now 25 years old and we sometimes struggle to replace equipment that is no longer economically repairable. Donors willing to support instrumentation repair and replacement allow us to continue our tradition of providing graduates already proficient with industry standard instrumentation, so they are truly career-ready day one. This encompasses everything from basic microscopes to atomic force microscopes, and even the scanning electron microscope.

Natural Sciences students and faculty love their field work. The 12 and 15 passenger vans, along with a full set of camping equipment (tents, sleeping bags, a field kitchen) allow geologists and biologists to take students on multi-week field trips at a very low cost. The department does its best to support these trips but cannot cover all or even most of the costs. Donor dollars (even small amounts) allow us to continue to use the world as our classroom while keeping costs low.  We do our best to ensure the vans are safe and comfortable, but they have over 100,000 miles and will not last forever.

Jamie & Gary Hooyman Winner Takes All Challenge
The Academic school or department with the most donors will receive a $1,000 gift from Dr. Jamie Hooyman, Provost of Northwest Missouri State University, and Gary ('20) Hooyman.
Rank Prize Department Donors
1 $1,000 Melvin D. & Valorie G. Booth School of Business 24
2 Department of Fine and Performing Arts 21
3 Department of Language, Literature and Writing 12
4 School of Education 10
5 School of Communication & Mass Media 9
First-Time Donors Challenge
When 10 people make their first-ever donation to Northwest, a $250 gift from an anonymous donor will be unlocked in support of the Bearcat Food Pantry.
10 / 10 Donors
Timothy Carlyle Academics Challenge
The first 10 donations to Academics will unlock a $500 gift from Timothy Carlyle ('01), Director of Infrastructure Services at Northwest Missouri State University.
10 / 10 Gifts
Professor Carol Miller Academics Challenge
The first 15 donations of $50 or more to Academics will unlock a $2,300 gift from Professor Carol Miller, proud '79 graduate of Northwest.
15 / 15 Gifts
Angela Moskow Academics Challenge
The first 15 donations to Academics will unlock a $1,000 gift to the Melvin D. and Valorie G. Booth School of Business from Angela Moskow, proud Bearcat friend and Northwest Foundation Board Director.
15 / 15 Gifts
Mike & Lori Steiner Academics Challenge
The first $1,000 donated to Academics will unlock a $1,000 donation from Dr. Mike ('85) and Lori ('85) Steiner, proud alumni and employees of Northwest Missouri State University!
$1,000 / $1,000 Raised
Power Hour!
Between 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. CST, all donations will be matched (up to $750)! During this hour, any donation made will be doubled in support to the fund of your choosing.
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