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Feeding that Constant 'I Don't Know'

Sarah Dhalla '08 made valuable discoveries as an undergraduate researcher - about the cosmos and herself.

Since discovering the space program as a child, Sarah has had a passion for astronomy. That passion took her to Agnes Scott, where it turned into a love for astrophysical research. While organizing fast-a-thons during Ramadan as president of the Muslim Student Association and leading the Religious Life Council, Sarah pursued intellectual challenges that produced an impressive research resume—she worked in observatories in West Virginia and Arizona, published findings on blazar microvariability and presented research to the American Astronomical Society. “That wonder, that constant ‘I don’t know,’ that need to figure out why something is—that’s what drives me. Agnes Scott gave me a taste for research, and now I can’t get enough of it.” Agnes Scott also gave her the confidence to pursue her graduate degree at Florida International University, where she’s the only woman in her program. “I’m proud to be a woman in the sciences. Going to Agnes Scott brings out a confidence that you never knew you had in you.”

Innovative Programming

Liberal Arts for the 21st Century

Support for Innovative Programming: $8 Million Total

Agnes Scott’s curricular and co-curricular initiatives help us fulfill our unique mission—to nurture strong women with the knowledge, skills and experiences to engage a wider world. They also raise Agnes Scott’s profile nationally and internationally, encouraging more students to apply and enroll.

[$2 million]

Women's Global Leadership Initiative

Our groundbreaking Women’s Global Leadership Initiative will position Agnes Scott as a resource in the worldwide movement to promote women’s leadership and tackle the challenges facing girls and women at home and abroad. A new certificate program will give students opportunities to interact with women leaders, study abroad and put their knowledge and skills to work through service-learning projects.

[$1 million]

Public Health Program

Agnes Scott’s partnerships with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Emory’s Rollins School of Public Health enable our students to conduct cutting-edge research and pursue master’s-level course work, equipping them to make meaningful contributions to a healthier world. We offer a major and a minor in this exciting interdisciplinary field.

[$1 million]

Campus Sustainability and
Environmental and Sustainability Studies

Agnes Scott’s commitment to sustainability has garnered regional and national attention. Through our environmental and sustainability studies minor and campus-wide efforts to recycle, compost and reduce energy use, we can attract students interested in developing innovative green policies and practices and building a more sustainable world.

[$1 million]

Resource Center for Math and Science

Modeled on the college’s highly successful Center for Writing and Speaking, the Resource Center for Math and Science will promote intellectual engagement beyond the classroom. It will offer peer tutoring and collaborative conferences to improve the math skills and grasp of scientific concepts for students of all abilities and majors.

[$1 million]

Scottie Spirit: Agnes Scott Athletics

Agnes Scott’s NCAA Division III athletic programs have produced championship teams and Player and Coach of the Year award winners. We recently fielded Georgia’s first varsity women’s lacrosse team. Beyond promoting “Scottie Spirit” on campus, our athletic programs attract strong scholar-athletes and build our local, regional and national reputation.


McCain Library

McCain Library remains the heart of the Agnes Scott educational experience. Today’s academic environment poses new challenges for libraries, especially in the area of technology. Keeping McCain Library up to date will provide the foundation for excellence in teaching, learning and research.


Center for Writing and Speaking

At the Center for Writing and Speaking, student-to-student conferences on writing and speaking assignments extend and multiply the intellectual engagement of the classroom and help students of all majors and abilities grow as writers, speakers, teachers and leaders.


Bridge to Business

Agnes Scott, in partnership with the Georgia Institute of Technology’s College of Management, offers a three-week summer program that introduces our students to the world of business. While providing students with the knowledge and technical skills necessary for the modern business world, the program will also whet their appetite for business school and increase their awareness of business opportunities in Atlanta and beyond.


Educational Technology

To prepare young women “to engage the intellectual and social challenges of their times,” the college must provide the technology necessary for digitally innovative teaching and learning. In addition to installing a wireless backbone that will enable high-speed access from all parts of campus, Agnes Scott will renovate select classrooms and learning spaces to support student-centered learning and 21st-century instructional practices