How Can You Be Involved?

Donations provide the means to compensate student fellows as they conduct impactful research with The George W. Bush Institute and SMU faculty, Centers, and Institutes. New endowments provide the primary means of expansion for the Niemi Center by allowing us to keep up with the increased demand for student research opportunities and creating research hubs to conduct world-changing research.

There are several ways to financially support The Niemi Center.

  • Named Fellowship Endowment – You can fund a student research fellowship through The Niemi Center which can be named for the donor, in memory of a loved one, or as a tribute to a family member, colleague or beloved professor.  Endowing a semester-long fellowship is $100,000 and a year-long fellowship is $200,000. 
  • The Niemi Center Endowment – Contributions of all levels will strengthen the The Niemi Center endowment and ensure permanent funding for our student research fellows.
  • The Niemi Center Operating Fund – These contributions enhance our annual budget which provides enrichment activities for our student fellows.

If you have any questions or would like to be involved with The Niemi Center in other ways, feel free to contact Maribeth Kuenzi, Director of The Niemi Center, at 214-768-3096 or email her.

On behalf of current and future student research fellows, The Niemi Center, SMU, the George W. Bush Institute, and Dean Al Niemi, thank you very much for your interest and support!