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Photo Caption: Ron and Teresa Sit and their son Andrew ’19 with President Dr. Shirley Ann Jackson.

Students are at the center of all we do at Rensselaer. As a Rensselaer parent, you see first-hand the impact a Rensselaer education has on your student, and the value of that education. The educational opportunities available to our students will serve them not only during their years at Rensselaer but throughout their careers.

The Rensselaer Annual Fund gives parents the opportunity to participate in the success of all Rensselaer students and in the entire university. When families—whether it is parents, grandparents, or other family members—make a gift in support of students, the impact of these gifts can be felt throughout our campus. You are part of a community of people not only committed to the success of your student, but to all students, and to Rensselaer.

Parents Karen and Bob May with sons David May '20 and Andrew May '22

Support Our Students

Your gift today to the Annual Fund will ensure that our current generation of students has the resources available to graduate and change the world alongside so many of our community who are contributing to the global efforts in fighting COVID-19.

Ms. Natalie Walters-Casey P'20 Society of Families Leadership Committee

The Society of Families

Since 1824, Rensselaer has been dedicated to instructing our students in “the application of science to the common purposes of life.” Our historic mission and our core academic strengths are what make a Rensselaer education so relevant today.

Gifts to the Rensselaer Annual Fund are essential to this mission. Each year more than 1,400 families of Rensselaer students support the Rensselaer Annual Fund. These dollars directly impact your student’s time on campus.

Your annual gift of $2,500 or more to the Rensselaer Annual Fund qualifies you for membership in the Society of Families, and gives you a stake in the future of our students and in the future of Rensselaer. To learn about how you can honor your student with a lasting mark on campus, visit our ECAV paver page.

Please join us and make a difference today. Membership in the Society of Families provides the opportunity to connect with faculty, campus leaders, and other parents at special receptions and events.

Areas to Support

Thanks to the generosity of our community, we continue to provide exceptional support and a safe environment for our students during this period of uncertainty. Over the past few weeks, we have assisted our students with unexpected expenses such as travel, lodging, storage of personal items, and technology essential for remote learning. We also continue to ensure that scholarship and other financial resources are available.

This assistance is a result of generosity from donors like you who give to the Annual Fund throughout the year.

Your help is needed – now more than ever – as we continue to prepare our students to join the global network of successful alumni and alumnae after completing their education.

The Rensselaer COVID-19 Testing Initiative Fund

The Rensselaer COVID-19 Testing Center Fund will support efforts to keep our community safe and will contribute toward an unprecedented effort in the history of Rensselaer.

Senior Class Giving

Giving back is a time-honored tradition at Rensselaer, culminating in the class gift during senior year.

The Rensselaer Fund for Diversity and Inclusion in the School of Architecture

The School of Architecture Diversity Fund was established to assist underrepresented minorities in Architecture.

Rensselaer Annual Fund

The Rensselaer Annual Fund helps to provide a world-class educational experience to our students, helping to prepare them to meet the demands and challenges of the 21st century.

Undergraduate Student Relief Fund

The Student Relief Fund is an emergency fund for Rensselaer students who face financial hardship that threatens their academic progress during their time at Rensselaer.

Graduate Student Relief Fund

The Graduate Student Relief Fund is an emergency fund for Rensselaer graduate students who face financial hardship that threatens their academic progress during their time at Rensselaer.

Annual Fund Scholars Program

One of the most personal and lasting ways to make a difference in the lives of Rensselaer students is with a gift of scholarship.

Memorial and Tribute Scholarship Fund

Honor the memory of a loved one or commemorate a special occasion through a gift to the Rensselaer Memorial and Tribute Scholarship Fund.

Annual Fund Assistance Grant

The Rensselaer Annual Fund Assistance Grant was established to provide emergency financial aid to an upperclassman with financial hardship.

Rensselaer Research Fund

This fund, recently established in order to support the efforts in fighting the COVID-19 pandemic, supports the continued advancement of ongoing research initiatives.

How Your Gift Makes an Impact

The CARES Act Charitable Giving Incentives

To encourage more charitable giving in 2020, the recently enacted Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (“CARES Act”) provides some additional tax relief for donors.

Rensselaer In the News

Select Coverage Related to the Rensselaer Response to COVID-19

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CNBC – IBM and White House to deploy supercomputer power to fight coronavirus outbreak

The Daily GazetteRPI supercomputer helps crunch COVID-19 data in fight against pandemic

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Everyday HealthHow Coronavirus May Affect U.S. Businesses and Schools

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Forbes – The U.S. Is Opening Up Access To Its Supercomputers To Beat COVID-19

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Health IT AnalyticsRPI Offers Artificial Intelligence Resource to Aid COVID-19 Research

Health IT Analytics Understanding the COVID-19 Pandemic as a Big Data Analytics Issue

HPC WireRensselaer Offers AiMOS Supercomputing Capabilities to Battle COVID-19

Inside HPCAiMOS Supercomputer at Rensselaer to Battle COVID-19

International Business Times Coronavirus Aftermath: Telecommuting To Become More The Norm For Businesses, Schools?

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Mashable IBM, MIT, and others to use supercomputers to study coronavirus

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News 10RPI supercomputer to aid development of coronavirus vaccine

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NewsweekCoronavirus is having a major impact on the environment, with reduced CO2, better air quality and animals roaming city streets

Newsweek – COVID-19 Pandemic Could Lead to Fall in CO2 Not Seen Since the End of WWII

NextGovWhite House Launches Supercomputing Consortium to Fight COVID-19

The Next PlatformBringing 330 Petaflops Of Supercomputing To Bear On The Outbreak

NBC NewsSupercomputers rallied to combat coronavirus – Trying to make sense of market volatility? 5 big questions answered

The SaratogianRPI offers AiMOS supercomputing capabilities to battle COVID-19

Spectrum Capital RegionCan This RPI Supercomputer Help Beat Coronavirus?

USA TodayIBM and Honeywell sign on with White House to help fight COVID-19

TechCrunchIBM, Amazon, Google and Microsoft partner with White House to provide compute resources for COVID-19 research

TechRepublicHow supercomputers are helping speed up coronavirus research

VentureBeatIBM, White House, Department of Energy, and others launch consortium to give coronavirus researchers access to supercomputers

VICE America’s Supercomputers Are Now Helping Scientists Fight Coronavirus

Vox Home delivery has helped China through its coronavirus crisis. The US needs to catch up.

WAMC RPI Supercomputer Joins The Fight Against COVID-19

The Washington TimesTrump admin using nation’s supercomputers to fight coronavirus in partnership with private sector

WNYT – RPI offers supercomputer help during coronavirus pandemic

WNYT RPI research team working on way to stop coronavirus

WRGBRPI to unleash supercomputing resources to help fight spread of coronavirus

WRGBFinancial Advisers analyze virus’ impact on stock markets, recommend don’t sell stock yet

ZDNetIBM and White House to provide supercomputing power for COVID-19 efforts

Additional Resources For Parents


COVID-19 resources page
(includes communications, updates, and key info)


The Arch at Rensselear


Family Weekend

“Joining the Society of Families is our pleasure and honor. Our family truly appreciates what RPI has done for me. We want to say thank you to RPI and all the faculty and staff here.”

Guanyu (Gary) Chen P'17

“As a legacy family, we are happy to become a society of family’s member. It is a great pleasure to help contributing to my Alma Mater Rensselaer, as well as connecting students to IBM, where I have worked for 39 years.”

Dr. Barry Edward Willner '72,'73,'75 PhD Sci. P'17

It is a privilege to join the Rensselaer Parent Leadership Council, a group of truly engaged parents. My child is benefiting significantly through the network of Rensselaer’s leadership team and industry connections.

Jiaping Liu - Parent Leadership Council P'19
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