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Support Species Exploration


Please consider making a gift to the ASU Foundation to support the Institute’s focus on species exploration. Contributions may be made directly to our Institute’s fund online at  www.asufoundation.org/SpeciesExploration.

If you are interested in discussing opportunities for naming gifts such as the ideas we have outlined below, please contact our College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Advancement staff at 480-965-2617. We have identified these areas as our priorities for investment in species exploration:

  • An endowed professorship designated to assure curatorial support and leadership for an ASU collection. Such professorships bring prestige and recognition to leading faculty and provide to them flexibility for field and museum studies through an unrestricted research account.
  • An endowed student fellowship or scholarship to assist in educating and inspiring the next generation of species explorers.
  • A contribution to our Species Explorers Fund that provides unrestricted support to the IISE’s activities.
  • A visiting fellowship to allow leading experts from around the world to work at the IISE from a few weeks to a year.
  • Funds to expand and improve our collections.
  • Funds to support (a) an annual lecture, (b) a symposium or workshop, (c) an international “knowledge community”, or (d) travel by IISE students, faculty and partners.

In kind gifts from corporate partners are another way to support the IISE and species exploration.

We also encourage you to support your local natural history museums and botanical gardens who are essential partners in exploring and documenting the world’s species. These institutions play an instrumental role in documenting species diversity and in making society aware of its natural heritage. They deserve your patronage.

Get Involved

Another way to support species exploration is to get involved. We welcome volunteers and contributions of specimens from amateurs who engage in exploration with us or on their own. It is essential to comply with all laws and regulations associated with making collections of specimens and to properly prepare such material for a museum or herbarium collection. If in doubt, please contact the curator of one of our collections or that of a partner institution.