University of Rochester Institute for Data Science


Learn, Discover, Heal, Create—And Make the World Ever Better. This is the University’s mission statement and it is our commitment to all those we encounter.

We intend to use data science to improve medicine and health and our daily lives and we intend to develop new tools to transform 21st century knowledge and discovery.

In the fall of 2013, the University announced it would commit $50 million—on top of more than $50 million in previous investments—to greatly expand our work in data science. To date, we have raised $27 million toward our goals, thanks to the generous support of many, most notably Robert B. and Pamela M. Goergen, Tim and Robin Wentworth, and the Wegman Family Charitable Foundation. Later this spring, we will break ground on the new building that will house the Goergen Institute for Data Science. We have also hired 14 faculty members in fields related to data science.

The remaining funds we raise will support faculty, students, and research. Please consider supporting these programs and being a part of the University’s tradition of excellence.

Robert and Pamela Goergen commit $11 million to Institute for Data Science

Pamela and Robert Georgen

Trustee Robert B. Goergen and Pamela M. Goergen have committed $11 million to the University of Rochester’s Institute for Data Science. The Goergens' support is the latest multimillion-dollar commitment to the University’s data science initiative, the centerpiece of Rochester’s five-year strategic plan. In recognition of the Goergens’ commitment, the institute will be named the Goergen Institute for Data Science. Read more...

Robin and Tim Wentworth make $3 million commitment to endow directorship of Institute for Data Science

Robin and Time Wentworth with Henry Kautz

Earlier this year, Robin Wentworth and Trustee Tim Wentworth, University of Rochester parents and supporters, committed $3 million to endow the directorship of the Institute for Data Science (IDS). Henry Kautz, current IDS director and computer science professor, is the first to hold the title of Robin and Tim Wentworth Director of the Institute for Data Science. Read more...

Wegman Foundation gives $17 million to University

Danny Wegman at a press conference, speaking in front of a sign that reads Institute for Data Science

In April 2014, the Wegman Family Charitable Foundation committed $10 million to the Institute for Data Science. The new building that will house the institute and serve as the home for the recently designated New York State Center of Excellence for Data Science will bear the Wegman name. Read more...

Learn more about the University’s Big Data-related initiatives and giving opportunities:

For more information on giving opportunities, please contact:

Stephen A. Dare
Senior Associate Vice President and Interim Chief Operating Officer, University Advancement
(585) 275-7530

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Campaign Update

graphic says The Meliora Challenge: Campaign for the University of Rochester

The Meliora Challenge, the University of Rochester’s comprehensive fundraising campaign, has surpassed its initial $1.2 billion goal. President Joel Seligman made the Campaign milestone announcement at a Board of Trustees leadership retreat on March 25.

Launched in 2011, The Meliora Challenge is the largest campaign in the University’s history. Fundraising efforts for The Meliora Challenge will continue to build on the $1.2 billion mark until its conclusion in June 2016.

“The Campaign has demonstrated remarkable performance to this point, but we have aspirations that go well beyond The Meliora Challenge,” said Tom Farrell, senior vice president and chief advancement officer. “It is with these goals in mind that we need to stay focused and close out the Campaign strong. It’s a race to the finish!”