The University of Michigan-Flint is committed to providing our students the tools they need to succeed and earn their Michigan degrees. With plans to expand the William R. Murchie Science Building, we have an exciting opportunity to take educating our students to the next level with a creative transformation, one that provides a state-of-art facility for students and faculty to work together.
This $39 million project plays a key role in UM-Flint’s strategic plan, and will expand the learning space for the next generation of students in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) disciplines, providing enhanced opportunities for all UM-Flint students to fulfill program requirements necessary to earn their degrees.
Demand for STEM professionals is high.
Since its opening in 1988, the William R. Murchie Science Building at the University of Michigan-Flint has been home to thousands of students studying in the STEM disciplines.
Demand for STEM professionals, however, is increasing. The STEM programs on the University of Michigan-Flint campus are growing as well. Over the last decade on campus:
- students majoring in STEM are up over 58%;
- graduate students in STEM are up 350%;
- several new STEM-related degrees and research opportunities were introduced;
- other science-intensive majors such as Nursing and Physical Therapy have grown rapidly; and
- by 2026, UM-Flint is projected to have 700 more STEM students.
Simply put, the Murchie Science Building is well over capacity. Every student at UM-Flint pursuing a degree must take at least one lab-based natural science course. The increased demand and utilization of the existing building has created a bottleneck for students.
What will the expansion include?
The project will greatly expand UM-Flint’s available space by adding more than 61,000 square feet and a third wing to the current Murchie building structure that houses the majority of STEM programs for the campus.
It will be a flexible space to support interactive learning, collaboration across different fields of study, and meet evolving needs. Specifically, the space will consist of:
- 51% labs and lab support;
- 23% classrooms;
- 14% student spaces; and
- 12% faculty spaces.
Examples of exciting new spaces that accommodate multiple disciplines include:
- four new interactive classrooms with flexible seating;
- engineering labs that will include a large bay door to the outside allowing a vehicle to be brought in for hands on learning possibilities;
- a robotics lab that will study modern systems;
- multiple areas for faculty to do research and to engage students in research;
- a dedicated lab for the Genesee Early College students that will launch an early interest in science; and
- multiple spaces to facilitate increased student/faculty interaction.
How much support is needed?
The State of Michigan requires that the University of Michigan-Flint add $10 million to their investment in our campus. Thanks to a generous $8 million gift from the C.S. Mott Foundation, we are now working to raise the remaining $2 million. Donor support is urgently needed.
How to Give:
Donations to the Murchie Science Building expansion project are currently being accepted.
You can make a gift to the fund through the University of Michigan’s secure, encrypted system.
If you prefer to donate by mail, please send a check along with this completed One Time Gift Form to:
University of Michigan-Flint
303 East Kearsley Street
Flint, MI 48502-1950
Please make checks out to "University of Michigan-Flint".
If you have any questions or wish to donate over the phone, please feel free to contact us at (810) 424-5448.