Innovative Teaching Produces Well-rounded Students
Lyman Briggs College (LBC) offers a transformative experience that should be accessible to every student, regardless of family resources. We want all students to take part in inquiry-based, scientific research of the highest caliber as well as international courses to build their global perspective. We seek to discover better ways to teach science at the college level, so we can offer the best possible education to our students and share our innovative pedagogy with the world.
Lyman Briggs College seeks to raise $5.0 million in the Empower Extraordinary campaign. We will achieve this goal with a mix of endowment and annual funds.
To date we have raised $4.5 million, but more private support is needed to achieve our full potential and propel this great college forward.
“In 1967, when Lyman Briggs College was founded, we were an experiment in a new approach to teaching science. Today, our work is essential to training scientists who are capable of tackling the world's complex problems.”
LBC is an elite program that is not elitist. We welcome students with a broad range of backgrounds, from those who are still developing their quantitative skills to those who make up over 20 percent of MSU’s Honors College. The LBC difference stems from peer mentoring, small classes designed by dedicated faculty who place a high priority on teaching, and a residential experience that puts students in an environment conducive to deep learning. The great problems of our world cannot be solved by technical knowledge or scientific training alone. We need people with a solid grounding in science who also understand the broader societal issues and can rise to the unexpected challenges of tomorrow. And those people need scholarships.
LBC is an incubator for world-class teacher/scholars passionate about undergraduate education and we need support to continue our innovation. LBC serves as a proving ground for all of MSU—discovering new ways of effectively educating undergraduates and sharing those methods with the university.
Our graduates are ideally suited to help solve global problems. They not only possess a solid scientific background that one would expect a graduate of a STEM program to have, but also a broad, liberal arts-honed way of thinking. This unique combination allows graduates of LBC to understand the reciprocal relationship between science and society and to pose workable solutions to complex global challenges. We want every LBC student to undertake inquiry-based research of the highest quality as a part of his or her coursework.
Lyman Briggs College is a shining example of a vibrant academic community. The fact that our program is carried out in a residential college setting fosters an intense academic and intellectual hotbed where class discussions and arguments continue out of the classroom and into the night to a degree seldom experienced anywhere else. Creating collaborative spaces in our public areas and learning lounges in Holmes Hall supports this lively learning atmosphere.