The Department of Behavioral Sciences receives many types of support from its alumni and friends. Some are generous with their time, offering to mentor students who are conducting research, applying to graduate school, and seeking employment. Others volunteer to provide presentations to student groups and classes. If you are interested in providing these forms of support, please contact the department chair, Dr. Vickie Luttrell at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The department also benefits from monetary gifts that support faculty and student work. If you are interested in providing this type of assistance, you may forward a check to Alumni Development or our department chair. Alumni development also accepts credit card gifts on-line. In any case, you will need to note that your contribution is for the Department of Behavioral Sciences. Although most donors elect to contribute to our department’s general fund, you may designate a funding interest.
General support is typically utilized to support student research and conference travel, areas where costs, along with student involvement, are constantly rising. We also use these funds to enhance and maintain our department’s new computer laboratory, which has improved instruction across our classes and has allowed for greater student-faculty interaction on research projects.
Given Drury’s emphasis on global engagement, we hope to develop support for student and faculty studies abroad. We would also enjoy opportunities to provide stipends for students who wish to participate in internships and research in non-local settings. Members of our department are working to develop partnerships with a variety of agencies and institutions outside Missouri that students will find attractive. Stipends will ensure that students will not be prohibited from participating in these activities for financial reasons. Finally, we would like to develop a distinguished lecture/speaker series that would allow us to recruit six individuals annually who could inform and inspire our students. Our goal is to procure funding for two speakers per discipline each year.
While there are additional department needs, we hope this overview appropriately highlights our department’s priorities. We thank you for continuing to provide us with the resources necessary to create a premium educational experience for students in the Department of Behavioral Sciences.