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¡MIRA! - Materials Research & Diversity Center
¡MIRA! - Join us and enable work ready science and engineering students


Be a part of changing the face of Materials Science this Giving Day!


DIVERSITY and DISCOVERY through revolutionary MATERIALS SCIENCE

¡MIRA! conducts world-class research and creates a world-class workforce that reflects the multicultural diversity of the Southwest and the emerging demographics of our Nation.

Diversity is in OUR DNA: ¡MIRA! is nationally unique with over 50% URM and female faculty, allowing diverse students to see themselves reflected in their mentors.  We provide an opportunity to train diverse students in the emerging field of materials science, which according to industry analysts may be the most important technology of the next decade.  By vastly accelerating our ability to create advanced materials to power industries from energy to medicine to manufacturing, revolutionary materials research has already had a significant impact- from saving the environment to bringing renewable energy technologies to market, to creating materials for new bone and cartilage implants- and there’s no limit to what we can achieve in the future.

Our center is unlike any center in the nation. We bring our whole selves to ¡MIRA! and we hope you will also. Learn more about ¡MIRA!.

Let’s double your money and meet our giving matches!!  Your gift, no matter the amount, creates a positive and meaningful impact. When you support ¡MIRA!, you provide the ability for us to further lower barriers for students. 

Join our supporters and make a gift to ¡MIRA! today!

 




¡MIRA! fund priorities 

¡MIRA! Scholars Fund 



¡MIRA! Scholars creates work-ready students, by providing them a competitive salary to work in a ¡MIRA! faculty laboratory where they gain hands-on research experience. All funds go directly to supporting students and enable ALL students to gain valuable working skills in an interdisciplinary field- while earning a living wage. ¡MIRA! Scholar internships are competitively awarded and the award process was created to reduce barriers for students who do not have research experience or come from a research background. As ¡MIRA! is a high-impact materials science and diversity center, students join a team and learn how to increase diversity in STEM.


The ¡MIRA! Scholars program provides students opportunities to build hands-on skills to develop our Nation’s highly skilled workforce.  It is a materials science research internship for undergraduate students that is competitively awarded, gets students into labs, and pays them for it!!  We understand that not all students can accept a non-paid research internship, so ¡MIRA! Scholars removes and equalizes that barrier.

¡MIRA! Scholars allows a student to:

          • join a ¡MIRA! research group and get job-ready!

          • get PAID to do research (15-20 hrs/week @ a Flagstaff living wage)

All donations go directly to supporting student salaries.  We support students through the application and research process, offering hands-on help in identifying and connecting the student with mentors that enable their success now and in the future.

            “It was really nice being able to see other people succeeding in the sciences who look like me.” –Victoria Girgis, Spring 2021 ¡MIRA! Scholar


¡MIRA! SPARQS

Create SPARQs of interest in science



Quantum technology will change our world! ¡MIRA! is proud to be a partner in the new Center for Quantum Networks (CQN)). CQN aims to lay the foundation of the quantum internet, which will revolutionize how humankind computes, communicates and senses the world. As a means to introduce a broader audience to the fascinating and mind-boggling world of quantum science, CQN recently implemented SPARQS!

SPARQS - Sparking Curiosity in Quantum Science - brings the world of science to our communities’ front doors. SPARQS takes ‘hand’s on’ quantum science experiences to schools and communities, providing students with the opportunity to observe engaging demonstrations, perform experiments, learn about career opportunities in STEM, and most importantly – have fun with quantum science! 

The idea behind SPARQS is to facilitate meaningful outreach that does exactly that—it reaches OUT! Mobile STEM laboratories have been shown to successfully promote active engagement with hands-on learning by providing students and communities alike with access to sophisticated laboratory tools and research.  We are doing just that for Northern Arizona!

All donations will directly support SPARQS activities. Currently on our wish list are a quantum eraser demo, add-ons to our BB84 demo to allow more students to experience the principle of quantum key distribution, and an ID Card Printer/Photo ID bundle to create Quantum Scientist IDs for participants.


$7,050
Alumni Association Board We are Lumberjacks Challenge
Thank you Jacks for your support on Giving Day! 222 alumni made a gift and unlocked the Alumni Association Board Challenge. Your current Alumni Association Board and Past Presidents have made their gifts: Art Atonna; Kedren Dillard; Trina George; Alex Gutierrez; Heidi Hansen; Jana Harper; Melvin Hunter; Jimmy Jayne; Marquitta Lambert; Carmelle Malkovich; Joe Mead; Mary O'Driscoll; Kim Ott; Brandon Rivera; Nancy Serenbetz; Janet Sweigart; Maggie Thom; Wayne Watson; and Cathy Wylet. WE ARE LUMBERJACKS
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CAPCOT Staff Match
Senior Vice President, Bjorn Flugstad, will match all gifts from CAPCOT staff up to $500. Give to any fund and see your impact double!
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HR Staff Match
Senior Vice President, Bjorn Flugstad, will match all gifts from HR staff up to $500. Give to any fund and see your impact double!
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ITS Staff Match
Senior Vice President, Bjorn Flugstad, will match all gifts from ITS staff up to $500. Give to any fund and see your impact double!
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President’s Staff Challenge
President José Luis Cruz Rivera is challenging faculty and staff to get involved on Giving Day. He will personally deliver donuts and coffee to the department that has the highest percentage of participation. Give now and help your department win this special treat! (Results will be tallied Friday 4/15 to account for payroll deductions.)
Your gift may help unlock a match or challenge, please select your department below:
Rank Answer Gifts
1 Student Affairs 61
2 COE 55
3 SBS 54
4 CEFNS 38
5 Advancement and Foundation 35
6 ITS 33
7 HR 30
8 CAPCOT 28
9 CHHS 27
10 Enrollment Management 27
11 CEIAS 23
12 University Marketing 21
13 UFBS (FIPA) 19
14 FCB 16
15 CAL 14
16 Athletics 8
17 ONAI/OISS 4
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UFBS (FIPA) Staff Match
Senior Vice President, Bjorn Flugstad, will match all gifts from UFBS (FIPA) staff up to $500. Give to any fund and see your impact double!
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¡MIRA! Scholars Match
Materials Science is a transdisciplinary field spanning medicine, physics, chemistry, to engineering. Materials Science makes an impact: from saving the environment, bringing renewable energy technologies to market, to creating new materials for medicine. Make your gift now to support ¡MIRA! Scholars and help provide students practical training in world-class materials science. Your gift will be matched by the ¡MIRA! Director Dr. Jennifer Martinez up to $500. Give now and have twice the impact!
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Alumni Chapter Leaderboard
Are you a member of a NAU Alumni Chapter? Be sure to let us know during checkout so we can add your gift to the leaderboard tally. WE ARE LUMBERJACKS!
If you are a member of an NAU Alumni Chapter, please select your Chapter below:
Rank Answer Gifts
1 Flagstaff Chapter 61
2 Phoenix Chapter 24
3 Washington D.C. Chapter 6
4 Denver Chapter 5
5 Portland Chapter 5
6 Native American Chapter 5
7 San Diego Chapter 4
8 Boise Area (*not a chapter) 3
9 Yuma Chapter 2
10 Prescott Chapter 1
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Enrollment Management Staff Match
Vice President of Enrollment Management, Anika Olsen, will match all Enrollment Management staff gifts up to $1,000 to any fund. Make a gift now and have twice the impact. We are Lumberjacks!
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Human Resources Challenge
Do you work in Human Resources at NAU? If so, Vice President of Human Resources, Josh Mackey, challenges you. After 20 donors make a gift of any amount to any fund on campus, he will release his gift of $500 to support the Lumberjack Emergency Assistance Fund. And if 30 HR staff make a donation, he will release a second gift of $500 to support the Staff Book Scholarship. Make a gift now and help unlock Josh’s gifts!
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NAU Foundation Board Challenge
Senior Vice President, Christy Farley, challenges the NAU Foundation Board! Once each member of the board makes a gift for NAU Giving Day, Christy will release her gift.
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The Harrison Batey Lumberjack Challenge
Hey Lumberjacks, make a gift to support the fund that matters most to you at NAU and watch your donation go further! Rebecca Harrison Batey, ’73, challenges you to show your Lumberjack spirit. As soon as the Giving Day thermometer hits $50,000, Rebecca will release her $50,000 gift to support the College of Education. Give now and show the world the impact Jacks can have together.
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University Marketing Staff Match
Do you work in University Marketing? If so, Chief Marketing Officer, Harlan Teller, will match your gift up to $500! Give now to the cause at NAU most important to you and Harlan will help you double your impact. We are Lumberjacks!
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¡MIRA! SparQS Match
Quantum technology will change our world! SparQS - Sparking Curiosity in Quantum Science - brings the world of science to our communities’ front doors. SparQS takes ‘hand’s on’ quantum science experiences to schools and communities, providing students with the opportunity to observe engaging demonstrations, perform experiments, learn about career opportunities in STEM, and most importantly – have fun with quantum science! Give now and your gift will be matched $1,000.
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