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In April President Morton Schapiro held two “Conversations With President Schapiro,” an annual chance for him to take questions on a wide range of subjects of interest to students, faculty and staff who work at the University.

 

President Schapiro declared in talks on both the Evanston and Chicago campuses that Northwestern University is excelling in its core mission as a major research university, making discoveries that are “changing people’s lives” and attracting more federal research dollars even in times of economic hardship and budget cuts.

 

He noted that in recent years Northwestern has advanced in the elite Association of American Universities (AAU) from the bottom third to the top third in terms of research dollars earned. He said Northwestern attracted $549.3 million in sponsored research funding last year -- and so far in the current year, funding is up about 11 percent over this time last year and is on track to break $600 million this year if the trend holds.


“The numbers are important, but you’ve got to keep remembering,” he said, “we’re keeping people alive longer, we’re keeping them healthier. It’s really amazing stuff that we’re doing. And that’s just in the STEM fields.


“I’m excited about that progress, excited to be one of the 26 great private research universities in this entire country and very proud that we’re in the top third of this unbelievably prestigious group (AAU).”


Now in his fifth year at Northwestern, Schapiro said he was excited to oversee a University whose stakeholders are engaging more with the world, renovating and building new facilities, expanding opportunities for an increasingly diverse student body and mounting an unprecedented $3.75 billion fundraising campaign to amplify Northwestern’s local and global impact.

 

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President Morton Schapiro declared in talks on both campuses that Northwestern University is excelling in its core mission as a major research university, making discoveries that are “changing people’s lives” and attracting more federal research dollars even in times of economic hardship and budget cuts.

He noted that in recent years Northwestern has advanced in the elite Association of American Universities (AAU) from the bottom third to the top third in terms of research dollars earned. He said Northwestern attracted $549.3 million in sponsored research funding last year -- and so far in the current year, funding is up about 11 percent over this time last year and is on track to break $600 million this year if the trend holds.

“The numbers are important, but you’ve got to keep remembering,” he said, “we’re keeping people alive longer, we’re keeping them healthier. It’s really amazing stuff that we’re doing. And that’s just in the STEM fields.

“I’m excited about that progress, excited to be one of the 26 great private research universities in this entire country and very proud that we’re in the top third of this unbelievably prestigious group (AAU).”

Now in his fifth year at Northwestern, Schapiro said he was excited to oversee a University whose stakeholders are engaging more with the world, renovating and building new facilities, expanding opportunities for an increasingly diverse student body and mounting an unprecedented $3.75 billion fundraising campaign to amplify Northwestern’s local and global impact.

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