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Geology Microscope Fundraiser

$79,619
90%
Raised toward our $88,000 Goal
236 Donors
Project has ended
Project ended on September 15, at 11:59 PM PDT
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Geology Microscope Fundraiser

Help Geology purchase new petrographic microscopes for Mineralogy courses! 

Help revitalize our undergraduate geology curriculum by updating our aging fleet of microscopes (purchased in 1967 - 50 years old!) to the new Leica DM750 Polarizing Light Microscopes. These microscopes are specifically designed for the needs of Earth Science instruction, and it has a lot of student-friendly features, including:

  • Superb research-grade optical system
  • *Binocular eye pieces, a huge upgrade from the monocular microscopes now in use
  • *Much larger field of view
  • *Brighter, more vivid colors from the LED light source (with a 20-year life-time)
  • *Great design eliminates cord tangling and easy transport
  • *Onboard storage of accessories prevents loss and damage
  • *Easy switch between basic polarized light mode and the Bertrand lens, which is designed to eliminate dust build up
  • Large diameter stage for easy specimen placement and viewing of calibrations
  • 4x, 10x, and 63x objective lenses

               *Specific issues faculty and students have complained about for years

We currently use the same microscopes in our upper division classes, and they are wonderful. But remember those old monocular microscopes for Mineralogy? They are falling apart and need to be replaced! This campaign presents an opportunity to contribute directly to the teaching mission of the Geology department at Western Washington University. The department has grown to nearly 200 majors and 40-50 mineralogy students will use these microscopes each year. Western Geology students will continue to learn the foundational principles of petrology and petrography, but now while using modern, high-quality equipment.

We have a one-time chance to capitalize on a significant discount from Leica to purchase these microscopes. Please help us replace our microscopes and continue to inspire generations of new geologists.

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Choose a giving level

$5

Zeolite

Low pressure, little heat.

$25

Prehnite/pumpellyite

Low pressure, turning up the heat a little

$50

Greenschist

Some green rocks, and some green money!

$100

Hornfels

Really turning up the heat

$250

Amphibolite

Some serious change is being done here

$500

Granulite

This is a high-grade donation! We would be honored to put your name on a plaque in the mineralogy room, highlighting your contribution to the WWU Geology program!

$1,000

Blueschist

This is kind the of change you can only see in places like WWU! Very important, very impressive. We would be honored to put your name on a plaque in the mineralogy room, highlighting your contribution to the WWU Geology program!

$5,000

Eclogite

This is our highest grade of giving, the equivalent of purchasing a complete microscope! We would be honored to put your name on a plaque in the mineralogy room, highlighting your contribution to the WWU Geology program! If you would like, we can also put your name on a plaque mounted on the microscope you purchased.

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