THE STEM INITIATIVE
An Essential Promise
The University of Vermont’s largest-ever capital project will bring a state-of-the-art complex of labs, classrooms and research facilities to campus starting in 2016 and establish a promising new academic and economic development vision for UVM.
The Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Initiative is a $100 million project that will match employers’ growing need for skilled graduates with the increasing numbers of STEM students attracted to UVM. The STEM project’s new construction and renovation will total more than 250,000 square feet.
“As Vermont’s premier public research university, we have an obligation to step up – and we are both prepared and excited to do so,’’ Provost David Rosowsky told UVM’s Board of Trustees in early 2014, shortly before they granted preliminary approval to issue bonds paying for 75 percent of the project. The remaining 25 percent will be raised through gifts from donors. “We must commit to making UVM a comprehensive, engaging, compelling and impactful public research university.”