Patrons Circle

The EAPS Patrons Circle was launched in 2014 to recognize major donors who have supported our endowed or expendable fellowship funds (gifts of $80,000 or more) and those who have made an irrevocable provision for EAPS future graduate students through a life income gift or an estate plan.

Departmental fellowships are critical for EAPS to attract and retain world-class students and faculty. A fellowship allows a student to explore "out of the box" scientific interests, without being tied to an existing research grant, and to focus on coursework without teaching obligations. This support is especially valuable during the first two years at MIT.

EAPS has many endowed fellowship funds that, along with annual expendable fellowship gifts, helped to support EAPS graduate students. For a list of this year’s fellows, see 2020-2021 EAPS FELLOWS.

Our vision is to support all of our first and second year students on fellowships! This would take another ten to fifteen endowed fellowship funds. We also hope to keep building our current funds up to a sustainable level ($1.7M supports a student each year in perpetuity.) You can make your gift to an existing fellowship HERE.

Why and how to join?

By joining our Patrons Circle you are investing in our vibrant learning community, and allowing graduate students to unleash their natural curiosity and discover new and untapped areas of research into the Earth, Planets, Climate and Life!

The Annual EAPS Patrons Circle celebration provides an opportunity for us to express our appreciation to you, and for Patrons and graduate fellows to meet and build lasting friendships.

If you would like to join our Patrons Circle community, please consider naming an expendable fellowship ($80,000 per year) or an endowed fellowship ($1+ million – you can also do this via your estate plan!) Please contact Megan Cokely at 617 253 5796 or to learn more.

Find out more about our Patrons Circle:

Friends of EAPS
EAPS Scope 2017-2018

Driver's Ed. for the Planet

Circle of Friends
EAPS Scope 2015-2016

Inaugural Patrons Circle Celebration


We are grateful to our Patrons Circle members:

Roger J. & Noreen A. Breeding*
Patricia Callahan & David Dee
John H. Carlson
Arthur C. H. Cheng and Winnie W. Wong
Robert C. Cowen
George J. Elbaum & Mimi Jensen
Peter M. & Martha K. Hurley
Breene M. Kerr
Warren G. Klein
Eric Michelman
Frederick A. Middleton Jr.*
Norman F. Ness*
Catherine B. Olkin & Terry Olkin
Donald L. Paul
Chengpin Peng
Peter Puster & Paula J. Waschbusch*
Neil E. Rasmussen & Anna Winter Rasmussen
John S. & Cynthia L. Reed
Peter H. Stone & Paola Rizzoli
M. Nafi Toksöz & Charlotte Johnson
Emily (Paddy) Wade
Jie Zhang

* These members have provided for future EAPS fellows in their estate plan.
† deceased.