Unrestricted annual gifts to Lamont-Doherty provide our directorate much needed flexibility to direct support to research areas most in need or to provide seed funding for an innovative research project in its early stages. Gifts also support our education and outreach initiatives, such as the Observatory's Open House, the Lamont-Doherty Summer Intern Program for college students and our Spring Public Lecture Series.
Endowed funding provides a steady stream of resources that empowers Lamont-Doherty to attract and retain the brightest minds in the field. Our senior research scientists mentor other important beneficiaries of the endowment: our superbly talented graduate students and early career scientists. Naming opportunities for endowing a Lamont Research Professorship range from $1.5 to $2.5 million.