Barnard Science Center Renovation

Roy and Diana Vagelos Science Center

Barnard College is thrilled to announce that Diana T. Vagelos ’55 and Dr. P. Roy Vagelos are donating $55 million to fund the renovation and expansion of Altschul Hall, home to the College’s principal science facilities. The new name, effective immediately, is the Roy and Diana Vagelos Science Center.

This gift, more than double the size of any previous single donation in the College’s history, will further elevate Barnard as a leader in preparing young women for careers in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields. 

Lead Donors

Diana T. Vagelos ’55 and Dr. P. Roy Vagelos

The Vagelos family has supported Barnard's continued growth through their multiple generous contributions. 

About the Barnard Year of Science

This academic year, Barnard is celebrating all things related to science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) through the Barnard Year of Science (BYOS). Barnard’s expert faculty, symbiotic relationship with Columbia University, and location in New York City makes it singularly positioned to offer unparalleled opportunities to women who will become tomorrow’s STEM leaders. The College has also increasingly incorporated STEM curricula and programming into its liberal arts education, providing students with interdisciplinary knowledge and skill sets that they can carry beyond Barnard.

The Barnard Year of Science exemplifies the College’s commitment to establishing itself as a leading educational institution in STEM and the arts. The mission continues to be to help students develop the intellectual drive required to excel, with an eye toward the emergence of new fields, new ideas, and new technologies. 

Discover the Barnard Year of Science

The College is also announcing the launch of the Science Center Matching Campaign. Through the generous support of the Vagelos and Milstein families, the campaign offers the opportunity for donors to double the impact of their gift in support of the Roy and Diana Vagelos Science Center renovation. Contributions of $125,000 to $1 million are eligible for a 1:1 match through the program, with a total fundraising goal of $10 million. The College will work with donors to acknowledge their generosity, and the matching campaign will expand the availability of recognition opportunities.

To discuss additional philanthropic options related to the R&D Sci-Center renovation and the Barnard Year of Science, please contact Kate Martinez, Assistant Vice President for Development and Alumnae Relations, at (212) 853-8329 or