Giving Opportunities

Learn, Discover, Heal, Create—And Make the World Ever Better

The University of Rochester intends to be among the world’s leaders in data science. The data science initiative is the centerpiece of the University’s five-year strategic plan, committing $50 million—in addition to more than $50 million it has invested in recent years—to greatly expand its work in this burgeoning field. The data science initiative includes the creation of the Institute for Data Science, the construction of a state-of-the-art building to house it, and up to 20 new faculty in diverse areas.

Gifts in support of the institute will help Rochester researchers harness the potential of data in ways that will transform 21st-century discovery and innovation. Please consider supporting these programs and being a part of the University’s tradition of excellence.

The Institute for Data Science and Related Spaces

Naming opportunities exist for the Institute for Data Science and the building that will house it—a 50,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art data science building immediately adjacent to Hopeman Hall—and for the new Center for Energy and the Environment, which will focus on collaborative research across science, engineering, and health disciplines that investigates human interactions with the Earth system.

  • The Institute for Data Science: $10,000,000
  • Data Science Building: $10,000,000 (reserved)
  • The Center for Energy and the Environment: $5,000,000
  • Classrooms and Labs: $100,000–$200,000 each
  • Conference Rooms: $50,000–$100,000 each
  • Director’s Office: $50,000
  • Faculty Offices: $25,000 each

Faculty and Research

Endowed positions help to attract and retain faculty and staff of exceptional talent and are visible honors recognized across the University and by other top educational institutions. The University seeks endowed funds to recruit and retain tenure track faculty and to support data science research across various areas of inquiry.

  • Endowed Directorship: $3,000,000
  • Distinguished Professorships: $2,000,000 each
  • Endowed Professorships: $1,500,000 each
  • Endowed Research Funds: $50,000–$500,000 each


Supporting students is one of the highest priorities at Rochester. We seek to ensure that all qualified students, regardless of their financial backgrounds, can attend the University. Building our endowment and providing permanent support for scholarships and fellowships will enable us to continue to attract high-performing students, shape a diverse learning community, and educate society’s future leaders. Such support helps build the next generation of data science experts across many fields.

  • Graduate Fellowships: $250,000+ each
  • Undergraduate Scholarships: $50,000+ each

Learn More

The Institute for Data Science
The Center for Energy and the Environment
A Sampling of Data Science Faculty
Data Science Priority: Predictive Health Analytics
Data Science Priority: Cognitive Systems and Artificial Intelligence
Data Science Priority: Analytics on Demand


For more information on giving opportunities, please contact:

Stephen Dare
Senior Associate Vice President, Advancement for Academic Programs
(585) 275-7530 office


“Data science is transforming how the world consumes, uses, applies, and understands information. The University is at the forefront of understanding the vast implications of it, from personalized medicine, to national security and defense, to online commerce, and to nearly every field where data informs discovery.”

Joel Seligman, President, University of Rochester

New York State Supports University Efforts

One of New York State's most innovative and ambitious high technology initiatives is the establishment of "Centers of Excellence" at leading universities. These centers support high technology ventures and encourage the rapid commercialization of scientific breakthroughs.

The institute will also serve as the home for the recently designated New York State Center of Excellence for Data Science, which with support from Governor Andrew Cuomo and our New York State delegation, received $872,333 in the 2014-15 budget. The University will also seek additional capital support for the institute in the budget and through the state’s regional economic development process.