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Give $100 or more per year to join the CIERA Circle. Smaller gifts are welcome!

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Fund student travel, support conferences, help with publication charges – and more.

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

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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.

CIERA Circle

About the CIERA Circle

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.

Help us reach our goals.

Choose your tax-deductible commitment level and discover the benefits of joining!

Giving Levels

Planet ($100 – $2,999 annual gift)
  • Receive quarterly e-newsletter with inside information & special features
Supernova ($3,000 – $4,999 annual gift)

Planet benefit plus:

  • Enjoy reserved seating at CIERA events
  • Meet and interact with distinguished visiting scientists speaking at the Annual Public Lecture, and other CIERA events
Universe ($5,000+ annual gift)

Planet & Supernova benefits plus:

  • Discussion of potential interest in joining the CIERA Board of Visitors
  • Enjoy dinner with the CIERA director, other faculty and postdoctoral researchers
  • Contribute ideas for our science education programs, with the potential of bringing a CIERA program to the school district of interest to you
  • Identify specific CIERA activities to support, including naming opportunities

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Tax-deductible Information

All contributions are tax-deductible. The fair market value of the Universe Connection benefits is estimated at $65 per year (one dinner annually). Gifts can be provided on a monthly, quarterly or annual basis.