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CIERA is leading as an international center for astrophysics research, but to continue to propel forward, substantial private funding is needed. From coffee with an astronomer to private observatory tours to CIERA Tee-shirts, discover all the benefits of joining the CIERA Circle!

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The Center for Interdisciplinary Exploration and Research in Astrophysics was founded at Northwestern University in 2007 with the goal of establishing Northwestern as a world leader in astronomy research.

The CIERA Circle is a community of Northwestern alumni and friends who support CIERA’s pioneering research in astronomy and its innovative programs in STEM education and outreach.

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Advancing astronomy research is part of Northwestern’s ambitious goals.

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Curtrice Scott, Director of Development for Research Centers & Initiatives, Alumni Relations and Development Office