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The Institute for the Science of Origins

Small Magellanic CloudCase Western Reserve University invites you to help establish the Institute for the Science of Origins as a preeminent interdisciplinary nexus for research and education in origins sciences.

Since its founding in 2008, the institute has seeded new research programs and initiated innovative educational programs. It has also brought research science to the community at campus events and throughout Northeast Ohio, as well as through its partnership with ideastream, the local public television and radio affiliate.

Now, the institute has embarked on a $20 million fundraising initiative to create a home in the heart of the Case Western Reserve campus that will provide a focal point for its educational and outreach programs, and become an incubator for its interdisciplinary scientific interactions among CWRU faculty and the scientists and educators of the partner institutions of University Circle.

Your support will help create and support forward-thinking graduate, undergraduate and K-12 programs and courses; stimulate and fund new research teams and projects that integrate traditional disciplines; and bring cutting-edge science to Northeast Ohio and the world.

With your help, the ISO campaign will build on the institute’s success by:

  • Renewing and repurposing a 25,000-square-foot building in the heart of Case Western Reserve’s historic South Quad, home to the university’s science, engineering and mathematics departments, and a short walk from the health sciences departments.
  • Providing developmental workshops and venture capital in origins sciences.
  • Funding interdisciplinary graduate and faculty fellowships, and undergraduate research opportunities.
  • Creating origins educational programs for undergraduates and graduates that integrate the university with University Circle and beyond.
  • Sponsoring and broadcasting public symposia, lecture series and innovative public education programs that connect the campus and world with experts in origins sciences.

To learn more about the Institute for the Science of Origins, please visit

To learn more about contributing to the Institute for the Science of Origins, please contact Brian Sokol, director of national development, at 216.368.0856 or

Page last modified: February 8, 2017