College of Science and Mathematics receives $300,000 in gifts

The Midwestern State University College of Science and Mathematics recently received two gifts totaling $300,000.

Vicki and Jim McCoy, for whom the McCoy School of Engineering is named, have designated $100,000 to the Department of Physics. The gift is designated for student scholarships and laboratory equipment to expand and enhance the physics degree program. Through the refitting of the physics laboratory, MSU will be better equipped to prepare future engineers, chemists, geologists, and other physical scientists.

"Competitive scholarships will allow the university to recruit outstanding students into our upper level classes. Students who have a keen interest in physics will move that direction with financial support," stated University President Jesse W. Rogers.

Although not a graduate of MSU, McCoy has personal experience in the university's College of Science and Mathematics as he once attended night classes in geophysics to study digital signal processing which enhances the use of computers to optimize oil and gas production from wells.

In addition to the McCoy gift, an anonymous gift of $200,000 has been earmarked to provide scholarships to students majoring in math and science.

"We've historically had a strong College of Science and Mathematics that produces a significant number of graduates," stated Rogers. "These scholarships will not only enable the university to recruit more students, but also to assist current students in completing their degree plans in less time."

The college currently offers degrees in clinical laboratory science, computer science, mathematics, biology, chemistry, geosciences, environmental science, mechanical engineering, and physics.

"I am extremely pleased in the interest of our donors in a college that deserves and needs this assistance," Rogers stated.