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The Center for Materials Interfaces in Research and Applications (¡MIRA!) at Northern Arizona University, a leading hub for Materials Science Research and DEIJ in STEM initiatives.  ¡MIRA! is committed to enhancing opportunities for students from all backgrounds to pursue STEM degrees, careers, and to make meaningful impacts in their communities through their achievements. Our mission is to cultivate a supportive and stimulating environment where students and faculty engage in cutting-edge materials science research, empowering our students to develop essential skills and knowledge, thus fostering a highly skilled workforce equipped to meet future demands in Arizona and beyond. 

Diversity is in OUR DNA: ¡MIRA! demographics reflect these commitments, with over 50% of our faculty being historically minoritized or significantly underrepresented (HMURM), such as women, in the fields that encompass materials science. This diversity among faculty ensures that students see themselves reflected in their mentors, making faculty accessible, relatable, and understanding of the pressures that disproportionately impact HMURM and first-generation students. 

By supporting ¡MIRA!, you help us break down barriers for students aspiring to engage in research, and in every way allow ¡MIRA! to function. We can’t thank you enough for your continued support of what makes ¡MIRA! unique. 

¡MIRA! Fund Priorities 

¡MIRA! Scholars Fund -  Support ¡MIRA! Scholars—a paid research internship for undergraduates in ¡MIRA! faculty labs. Your donation directly funds student salaries, providing valuable research experience and fostering a diverse STEM workforce. Students gain valuable “hands-on” research experience and develop educational and professional skills working with supportive ¡MIRA! faculty and their teams. 

¡MIRA! Research Center Fund- With your contribution you directly fund ¡MIRA! Students, empowering their growth through ¡MIRA! student awards, conference travel support, and ¡MIRA! outreach events. 

SparCQS- Sparking Curiosity in Quantum Science is an K-12 educational outreach initiative that brings hands-on quantum science experiences to communities WHERE THEY ARE!  Your contributions will support participating NAU students as they gain confidence, science awareness and build science communication skills. To learn more about ¡MIRA!’s quantum education outreach program, Click here to to visit  the College of Environment, Forestry, and Natural Sciences Giving Day page.

Join us for some NAU Giving Day Fun!

SAVE THE CATS: Quantum computers will revolutionize the world like classical computers did… On giving day, stop by our SparCQS table from 9am-3pm to ‘save the cats’, win prizes, and see first-hand what ‘saving cats’ has to do with quantum computers…  Be ready for the quantum future!

Location: Forestry Building  

#AxeofKindness Legacy Challenge
Swing your #AxeofKindness on NAU Giving Day! Thanks to the generous support of six alumni families, your contribution can unlock $60,000 to assist students with essential needs through Louie Vouchers, Lumberjack Emergency Assistance Fund (LEAF), Louie’s Cupboard, and Blavin Scholars Programmatic Fund and First Scholars. Donating ensures that NAU students receive vital support during challenging times, covering areas such as food insecurity, financial assistance, and wellness resources, carrying on the Lumberjack legacy. Your generosity directly impacts programs providing a safe space and access to essential services. Join the Axe of Kindness Challenge today and make a difference in the lives of NAU students! WE Are Lumberjacks!
Route 66 Challenge Sponsored by Mother Road Brewing Co.
Join the Route 66 Challenge Sponsored by Mother Road Brewing Co.! Between 5-7pm MST, we aim to receive 66 gifts. Once we reach this milestone, Mother Road Brewing Co will generously donate $1001 to the NAU Society of Automotive Engineers student club. Your contribution during this timeframe can make a significant impact on our students' experiences and opportunities. Let's rev up our support and drive towards success together!
66 / 66 Gifts
The Bob Crozier NAU Foundation Board Challenge
We did it, Lumberjack Country! Thanks to your collective generosity, the NAU Foundation Board has committed support to the following areas: Charles R. and Teresa Bartels Scholarship, Lisa Bagwell Engineering Scholarship, Electrical Engineering Experiential Learning Award, Skyjacks, Student groups and Organizations General Fund, Theodore Johnson Lecture Series, Admiral Braun Leadership Endowment, Lumberjack Emergency Assistance Fund, The Fimea Family Endowment for Excellence in Communication, and The Lillian Jane Baker Teacher Education Fund, and Tony Tewelis.
The Staff Advisory Council's Lumberjack Community of Care Challenge
Join The SAC (Staff Advisory Council) Challenge by making a gift to any fund on Giving Day and SAC leadership will donate $603 to the Employee Lumberjack Fund (ELF). For over 25 years, ELF has provided over $50,000 in aid to NAU employees during times of hardship. Your donation, no matter the amount, directly supports NAU staff facing emergencies, demonstrating our Lumberjack community's commitment to care and unity. Let's stand together and make a difference in the lives of our fellow Lumberjacks.
750 / 750 Gifts
NAU Leadership Challenge
Join our NAU campus leaders: Karen Pugliesi, John Georgas, Josh Mackey, Anika Olsen, Ann Marie deWees, Harlan Teller, and Rensu Yang on #NAUGivingDay 2024! Help us reach 1,000 gifts overall and unlock impactful support. Once we hit our goal, these university leaders will release their gifts totaling $5,250. Let's unite as Jacks and make a difference together! WE Are Lumberjacks
1,000 / 1,000 Gifts
Support what you love - top supported funds
Lumberjack country is supporting their favorite funds. Tracking here are the top supported funds by gift.
Rank Areas of Support Gifts
1 Essential Needs Impact Fund 112
2 Early Childhood Education Center 66
3 Women's Swim & Dive 60
4 Wellness Impact Fund 44
5 Education Opportunities Impact Fund 39
The College of Environment, Forestry, and Natural Sciences (CEFNS) Challenge
Elevate your impact on the College of Environment, Forestry, and Natural Sciences (CEFNS) and unlock an additional $30,500 in funding. By donating to any fund within CEFNS, you contribute to our goal of reaching 75 gifts. Once this goal is achieved, the following generous donors: Roy St. Laurent, Terry Damron, Michael Wagner, Bruce Hungate, Dean Roger Haro, The Grand Canyon Trust, and an anonymous donor, will collectively donate $30,500 to various funds including the Math Scholarship Fund, Dr. James Rominger Scholarship (01332), Dr. O Johnson Scholarship in Biology, Wagner Faculty-Led Study Abroad Fund, Monarch Butterfly Conservation Internship, ¡MIRA! SparQS, Ecosystem Science & Society Center, NAU Biology Department, CEFNS Dean's Innovation Fund, and Dr. Thomas D. Sisk Graduate Award
75 / 75 Gifts
True Blue Alumni Challenge sponsored by the NAU Alumni Association Board
Help us start off the day with our first milestone and show the Lumberjack community we are True Blue! When we reach 403 alumni gifts on #NAUGivingDay the following current and former members of the board will release a collective $8,875 in gifts: Blaise Caudill ’13; Kedren Dillard, ’00; Trina George, ’09; Carmelle Malkovich, ’03; Jana Harper, ’90; Melvin Hunter, ’10; Jim Jayne, ’91; Joe Mead, ’83; Maggie Thom, ’12; , Wayne Watson, ’84; Rick Koch, ’72; Janet Sweigart, ’83; Mary O'Driscoll, ’82; Marquitta Rippy, ’15; Eduardo Moreno, '21; Brandon Rivera, '14; Alex Gutierrez, '85 '90; Eduardo "Eddie" Moreno, '21; Nancy Serenbetz, '75; Kari" Kent, '91; and Veronica Hipolito, '97, '02 . WE Are Lumberjacks!
403 / 403 Gifts
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