Giving Opportunities

When you make a gift to the Jacobs School of Engineering, you can choose to support the department, program or initiative of your choice. Following are a few of our current priorities for strengthening education and research that will drive innovation for the 21st century. Learn more »

Jacobs School embarks on an aggressive path of forging partnerships with campus leaders to launch key initiatives centered on education, research and service. Engineering is a force for social good - the impact of its three part mission (Educate tomorrow's technology leaders, Conduct leading edge Research and Drive technologies) will transfer discoveries for the Benefit of Society. Our Contextual Robotics Institute, EnVision Maker Studio, Institute for the Global Entrepreneur and more will bring fundamental solutions to challenges in medicine, global policy, energy, natural resources and beyond.

From day one of their undergraduate career, Jacobs School students are treated as engineers. Learn how you can support hands-on project courses that bridge engineering principles and real-world contexts.

The Jacobs School is transforming its undergraduate curriculum to ensure that hands-on engineering is a core component of every student’s training. From freshman through senior year, students will participate in progressively challenging projects that teach prototyping, project planning, systems-level thinking, team engineering and communication—in both research lab and real-world settings.

Your support provided state-of-the-art equipment, mentors and tutors, and additional resources to help our students discover the excitement of engineering while gaining valuable hands-on experience in our EnVision Maker Studio.

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Endowed faculty chairs and endowed lectureships are vital to the Jacobs School’s efforts to attract and retain top researchers and educators.

Investments in faculty and lecturer endowments enable the Jacobs School to compete for the very best in engineering. Once established, endowed faculty chairs provide a dedicated source of funds, in perpetuity, for the chair holder’s scholarly activities as well as support for faculty salaries and graduate fellowships. Similarly, endowed lectureships support outstanding teaching professors, allowing them to engage more with students, mentor them and develop new courses and programs.

To learn more about supporting our professors and lecturers, call Kelly Briggs, Executive Director of Development, at (858) 246-2722.

The Jacobs School is committed to educating engineering leaders who bring the diverse perspectives and experiences required to solve tomorrow's greatest challenges.

The Student Success Initiative is a comprehensive effort to support the academic success of undergraduate and graduate students. The initiative connects existing resources—such as the IDEA (Inclusion, Diversity, Excellence and Advancement) Student Center—with new programs for outreach, student engagement, academic enrichment and professional development. From outreach in K-12 classrooms to graduate student mentorship, these programs support all of our diverse students, at every stage of their engineering education.

Your gift will help build and maintain programs to prepare the next generation of engineering leaders—leaders who have the skills to engage effectively with an increasingly diverse society.

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A scholarship can be the deciding factor in whether or not an outstanding student chooses to attend the Jacobs School of Engineering.

Scholarships are an important recruiting tool to attract top students to the Jacobs School. At UC San Diego, nearly 65 percent of undergraduates need financial aid. The Jacobs School provides a world-class education that offers social mobility through opportunity and hard work—and our students are ready to do the work. A scholarship will give them the opportunity.

Your contribution to undergraduate scholarships will support the next generation of technology leaders, those who will drive innovation for our region and the world.

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Graduate students are vital to the Jacobs School. They fuel research, teach and mentor undergraduates and help attract top professors.

Increasing the number of graduate students is a strategic priority for UC San Diego. Graduate students conduct original research in pursuit of solutions to some of today’s most pressing challenges. They mentor undergraduates, collaborate with faculty and go on to launch start-ups and new technologies. Fellowships (graduate-level scholarships) strengthen the Jacobs School’s ability to compete with peer institutions for the best graduate students.

When you invest in graduate fellowships, your contribution achieves far more than supporting the education of an individual. It helps raise the caliber of research, education and innovation across the Jacobs School of Engineering.

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Looking for another area to support?

Simply key in "Jacobs School of Engineering" on the UC San Diego Giving website to find other giving opportunities.

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Want to give back in other ways?

From college fairs to commencement, there are many opportunities to volunteer and engage with the Jacobs School of Engineering.