Prospective Donors

The Compass Project is an organization that relies on the hard work and dedication of a large number of graduate and undergraduate students, the vast majority of whom are volunteers. While the Departments of Physics, Astronomy, and Earth and Planetary Sciences provide some financial and administrative support, Compass depends heavily on private donations to fulfill its mission of improving undergraduate physics education and fostering a diverse community of science students. Your tax-deductible gift will ensure that we can continue to provide students with creative teachers, innovative courses, and supportive mentors through our award-winning program.

Our largest expense is the Compass Summer Program, which is offered at no cost to 15-20 incoming freshman from a broad range of socio-economic backgrounds. The cost of the summer program is split about evenly between room and board for the students and modest stipends for the teachers. Your gift of $72 will cover room and board for one student for one night. A full scholarship for the week-long program is about $900.

Your donation extends far beyond the summer. The summer program provides a bridge to a robust support system of peers, teachers, and mentors. Students are automatically enrolled in hands-on courses whose goal is to develop important skills for doing science research that they would not otherwise experience during their freshman year. In addition, students will have access to a mentoring program, office hours, and a lecture series.

How to Donate

You can donate via the web by clicking here:

If you prefer, you may send a paper checks made out to “UC Regents” with “Compass” in the memo line. Please send these to:

Maria Hjelm
Univ of CA, Berkeley
Physics Dept.
366 LeConte Hall, MC 7300
Berkeley, CA 94720