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Vernier Software & Technology Founders Make $4.5 Million Pledge to Support STEM Education at Portland State University

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Vernier Software & Technology founders Dave and Christine Vernier recently pledged $4.5 million to Portland State University (PSU). The pledge will be used to help renovate a key campus facility for undergraduate students in STEM fields. 

The renovated facility, which will be renamed the Vernier Science Center, will include flexible classrooms, state-of-the-art labs, and collaborative research and teaching spaces for multidisciplinary and interactive learning. The facility will also co-locate PSU’s numerous programs supporting first-generation and historically underrepresented minority students in STEM and health-related fields. 

Throughout their two-decade relationship with PSU, Dave and Christine Vernier have made a lifetime philanthropic contribution of more than $10 million, established the university’s largest outright endowed scholarship for first-generation STEM and social work students, and provided capital support for the College of Education’s STEM classroom. Christine Vernier has been a member of the university’s appointed Board of Trustees since its inception in 2014, and Dave Vernier has advocated for PSU in the business and educational communities. 

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