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A Commitment to Students, Research & Community

Created in January 2004, the College of Science continues to earn accolades for its strong research and academic programs.

Bringing together the pure and applied physical sciences, earth sciences & engineering, life sciences, and mathematics, the College of Science is unwavering in its commitment to better educate our students, conduct cutting edge research relevant to society, and reach out to our surrounding communities to promote literacy in these subject fields.

To continue building upon the longstanding tradition begun by the University in 1874, we must attract the very best undergraduate and graduate students possible, provide exceptional facilities and equipment to encourage breakthrough research, and we must recruit and retain the finest faculty talent available.

You and your gift creates brilliant futures

The College of Science is dedicated to this mission of excellence, even as traditional funding sources continue to decline. Investments of time, talent and treasure from our alumni and friends are needed now more than ever before. Your partnership with us in the pursuit of academic excellence and scientific breakthrough, will serve to support the brilliant futures of our students, faculty, and scientists.

Investment opportunities

  • Dean's No Boundaries Excellence Fund
  • Mackay Fund for Excellence
  • Scholarships and Fellowships
  • Faculty Support
  • Capital Projects and Equipment
  • Program Support

If you would like to know more about the College of Science or Mackay School of Earth Sciences and Engineering, or just wish to inquire about specific opportunities for support, please contact Donna Knotek, Director of Development at (775)682-5952 or

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The College of Science Distinguished Alumni Award

This award honors the University of Nevada, Reno College of Science or Mackay School of Earth Sciences and Engineering graduates and former students who have made significant contributions to society, the University or whose accomplishments and career have brought credit to the University.