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.