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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. 

To learn more, visit https://www.vernier.com/about-us/.