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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 reserved seating at public events to an exclusive celebration of the year’s most exciting findings, discover all the benefits of joining the CIERA Circle!

Kent Family Gift Matching Challenge

Longtime CIERA supporters and Northwestern Alumni Fran (’72) and Paul (’71,’79 MBA) Kent announced a matching challenge ending on December 31, 2023 to further CIERA’s pioneering research in astronomy and innovative programs in STEM education and outreach. Fran and Paul are looking “for ways to not only increase what we give, but to give in ways that generate greater exposure of CIERA and expand its reach by encouraging the support of others too.” 

Learn more about the Kent Challenge and contribute today!

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CIERA Circle





The Center for Interdisciplinary Exploration and Research in Astrophysics was founded at Northwestern University in 2009 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.

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