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New Fund Will Support Research by Students

Pamela J. Toulopoulos '73 Marks 40th Reunion with $100,000 Gift

(October 3, 2013) -- If Plato were alive today, he might well point to Pam Toulopoulos '73 as an ideal – an ideal volunteer, leader, and philanthropist. The long-time Alumnae Association Executive Board member joined the board of trustees in 2012. And over the years, Toulopoulos has taken a very thoughtful approach to her philanthropy, including her most recent gift.

Toulopoulos says the 15 years she spent as a public school teacher in Billerica, MA help her appreciate the value of enabling students to conduct and present research, often in conjunction with faculty. "Conducting and presenting research can further strengthen students' applications for jobs and graduate school."

Pam Toulopoulos '73 and Georgia Kostopoulos '14, recipient of the John V. and Pauline Toulopoulos Scholarship, at the annual Scholarship Appreciation Brunch.Pam Toulopoulos '73 and Georgia Kostopoulos '14, recipient of the John V. and Pauline Toulopoulos Scholarship, at the annual Scholarship Appreciation Brunch.

"Some of the College's brightest students are doing original research. But often they can't afford to continue their research in the summer because they need to earn money for school," says Toulopoulos. "In addition, travel and registration costs can prevent students from presenting their research at professional conferences, which are golden opportunities for them, their professors, and Simmons."

Promoting student research is a strategic priority for Simmons, part of a broader commitment to enhancing the undergraduate experience. The Toulopoulos Student Research Fund will provide grants of up to $10,000 for undergraduates doing scholarly research in any discipline. The provost's office and a faculty panel will oversee a competitive application process.

"The best part of my on-going connection to Simmons is engaging with students – getting to know them over coffee, staying in touch, and seeing how they progress in their careers," says Toulopoulos. Among the students she gets to know are recipients of the John V. and Pauline Toulopoulos Scholarship she established in honor of her parents.


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