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The Trustee $1.5 Million Challenge

CIS challenge

The Trustee $1.5 Million Challenge

Supporting the Center for Integrated Sciences

You did it! 

Together, you contributed $3.9 million for the Center for Integrated Sciences construction — $900,000 over the original goal. Many thanks to all donors who contributed to this effort.

Thank you to Kal and Pia Das P’18 and Maria and Jerry Markowitz P’13 for their support and this opportunity for members of the Skidmore community. 


  • A $1.5 million challenge, with all gifts and pledges matched dollar for dollar.
  • Funds raised will directly support the new Center for Integrated Sciences (CIS).
  • Whether you majored in biology or studio art, management and business or chemistry, your support can help build CIS, a space for intellectual passion, curiosity and collaboration.
  • Donors of various levels will be recognized on our donor wall.
CIS interior rendering

Creativity and discovery at Skidmore

The single largest academic initiative in Skidmore’s history, the Center for Integrated Sciences (CIS) will bring together more than 90 faculty from cross-disciplines within a 200,000-square-foot, state of the art space, increasing the College’s science space by 43 percent.

square-foot state of the art space
faculty from cross-disciplines
Research and teaching labs
In the last decade the number of Skidmore students majoring in science has doubled. The number of students conducting summer research–in all disciplines–has grown to over 100 annually.
CIS will be a powerful and prominent manifestation of Skidmore’s core commitment to liberal learning.
From its two wings and soaring atrium, to its 51 research and teaching labs, 21 classrooms and state-of-the-art collaborative IdeaLab makerspace, CIS will feature flexible spaces that will boost creativity and discovery.
Students from across campus and among all academic disciplines will partner with one another and with our faculty to explore solutions to the world’s most important problems. Today’s discoveries are happening where biology meets psychology to address mental health crises; where environmental science and economics combine to develop clean affordable sources of energy; and where chemistry intersects with business to produce new treatments for cancer.