Help students apply science and technologies to social problems and realize solutions that are embraced by society.

ISAT’s place in the engaged university is focusing on applying science and technology to solving cutting-edge problems. It’s concerned with where the rubber of theory hits the road of the real world. ISAT students and faculty find ways to solve a variety of problems and understand how those solutions fit into human systems.

ISAT students and professors think about more than just science and technology—their focus is on application. They consider how real people will use their solutions and why they won’t use others. JMU’s unique Integrated Science and Technology department—which includes the integrated science and technology, geography, and intelligence analysis majors —recognizes that with science and technology also comes a human component that cannot be ignored. 

That’s where your financial contributions come into play. In ISAT, theory meets pragmatism—and students discover solutions to real-life issues that affect all of us.

“ISAT encourages students and professors to think differently. We work with people who are curious, who are interested in science and technology, and who come from a wide array of backgrounds,” said Dr. Bob Kolvoord, Dean of the College of Integrated Science and Engineering. “We want to foster students who are hands-on, active learners and faculty members who want to guide them along the way.”

ISAT students model just the type of engaged, critical thinking that JMU seeks to produce. And, with your contribution, the ISAT Department can:

  • Provide materials and support for students wanting to tackle tough problems, often by designing their own research projects
  • Finance the building and production of prototypes
  • Provide an avenue for high-impact educational practices such as undergraduate research, internships, study abroad, collaborative assignments and projects, and capstone courses and projects
  • Fund ISAT senior projects, which are required for all students
  • Maintain its position at the forefront of research and technology

With science and technology changing every second, your financial support can ensure that JMU’s ISAT Department continues to expand its capabilities and remains at the leading edge of technology, which means continually acquiring new equipment and resources.

Support 21st century problem solving, assist the people who make it happen, and become a part of the solution.

That’s how the national model of the Engaged University operates. Your gift makes it possible.

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