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Student Support

Undergraduate, graduate and post-doctoral students are an integral part of the team of astronomers, taking part in research leading to the significant discoveries.

Make a Gift to the Astronomy Dept


Friends of Steward Observatory

Every dollar donated goes directly to support the undergraduate and graduate students in the Astronomy Department.

  • Student Scholarships
  • Student attendance at professional conferences
  • Support of summer work projects
  • Astronomy Club activities
  • Tucson Women in Astronomy group
  • Graduate Council group

Enriching the lives of students  Make a Gift


Father George Coyne, SJ, memorial and donation  information


Ruth McCutcheon Steward Observatory Postdoctoral Fellows Research Endowment

The fund has been established to support Steward Observatory Prize Postdoctoral Fellowships and/or augment and provide additional support for postdoctoral fellowships in the Department of Astronomy and Steward Observatory. Receipients of these funds will acknowledge the endowment on their science papers. 

Ruth was an important part of our Steward/Astronomy community since she joined us as Director of Development for Steward Observatory in July of 2015.  During our four years working together, she was a dear friend and passionate supporter of everything we do at Steward. In recent years her efforts included supporting LPL and Planetary Sciences, as well as the College of Science and the Giant Magellan Telescope Organization.  Make a Gift 


Peter Strittmatter Post Doctorate Fellowship in Astronomy and Astrophysics

This fellowship will be awarded to a doctoral candidate to purse whatever research objectives are possible in partnership with the faculty at Steward and its ancillary facilities.

Peter Strittmatter was director of Steward Observatory for 38 years. Under his leadership, the department built the Multiple Mirror Telescope (MMT), the Large Binocular Telescope (LBT), the Submillimeter Telescope (SMT), and the Magellan telescopes, and is playing a major role in the creation of the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST) and the Giant Magellan Telescope (GMT).


Peter Wehinger Fellowship Fund

The Wehinger Fellowship will be awarded to graduate students for the support of education and research activities.

Peter Wehinger (1938-2015), Steward Observatory Astronomer and Development Officer, worked at the University of Arizona from 1995 to 2012. He played a role in establishing the Arizona Astronomy Board, creating the Mt. Lemmon SkyCenter and assisting students in obtaining scholarships funds. HERE is a link to the Wehinger Giving Page.


Academic Excellence

Philanthropic support makes all the difference in the classroom. It gives Steward Observatory the means to maintain small classes, hire and retain a brilliant and dedicated faculty, and sustain a community of learners invigorated by ideas.


Enhancing Public Outreach

Mt. Lemmon SkyCenter and SkySchool, the Richard F. Caris Mirror Lab tours, public lectures and astronomy camp are the four outstanding programs Steward Observatory offers to the public. Gifts for these programs maintain their excellent programming, enhance facilities and increase outreach.