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Giving Priorities

Student Support

Undergraduate, graduate and post-doctoral students are an integral part of the team of astronomers, taking part in research leading to the significant discoveries.


Friends of Steward Observatory

The Friends of Steward Observatory gives members exclusive access to telescopes and tours, faculty and students. Learn about the search for life on other planets. See the first images of the birth of a new planet.

Friends of Steward is $250 for an individual and $400 for a household. For your membership, you will be invited to a Friends’ only on campus telescope viewing night with the Astronomy Club (made up of undergraduate and graduate astronomy students) each semester and receive 2 free tickets for a Richard F. Caris Mirror Lab tour (value $40). 


Peter Strittmatter Post Doctorate Fellowship in Astronomy and Astrophysics

This fellowship will be awarded to a doctoral candidate to purse whatever research objectives are possible in partnership with the faculty at Steward and its ancillary facilities.

Peter Strittmatter was director of Steward Observatory for 38 years. Under his leadership, the department built the Multiple Mirror Telescope (MMT), the Large Binocular Telescope (LBT), the Submillimeter Telescope (SMT), and the Magellan telescopes, and is playing a major role in the creation of the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST) and the Giant Magellan Telescope (GMT).


Peter Wehinger Fellowship Fund

The Wehinger Fellowship will be awarded to graduate students for the support of education and research activities.

Peter Wehinger (1938-2015), Steward Observatory Astronomer and Development Officer, worked at the University of Arizona from 1995 to 2012. He played a role in establishing the Arizona Astronomy Board, creating the Mt. Lemmon SkyCenter and assisting students in obtaining scholarships funds. HERE is a link to the Wehinger Giving Page.


Academic Excellence

Philanthropic support makes all the difference in the classroom. It gives Steward Observatory the means to maintain small classes, hire and retain a brilliant and dedicated faculty, and sustain a community of learners invigorated by ideas.


Enhancing Public Outreach

Mt. Lemmon SkyCenter and SkySchool, the Richard F. Caris Mirror Lab tours, public lectures and astronomy camp are the four outstanding programs Steward Observatory offers to the public. Gifts for these programs maintain their excellent programming, enhance facilities and increase outreach.