University of Rochester Goergen Institute for Data Science


Learn, Discover, Heal, Create—And Make the World Ever Better. This is the University’s mission statement and it is our commitment to all those we encounter.

We intend to use data science to improve medicine and health and our daily lives and we intend to develop new tools to transform 21st century knowledge and discovery.

In the fall of 2013, the University announced it would commit $50 million—on top of more than $50 million in previous investments—to greatly expand our work in data science. To date, we have raised $27 million toward our goals, thanks to the generous support of many, including Robert B. and Pamela M. Goergen, Tim and Robin Wentworth, and the Wegman Family Charitable Foundation. Plans are now underway to construct Wegmans Hall, a new building that will house the Goergen Institute for Data Science and several other academic departments. We have also hired 14 faculty members in fields related to data science.

The remaining funds we raise will support faculty, students, and research. Please consider supporting these programs and being a part of the University’s tradition of excellence.

Transforming data science

Learn more about the University’s Big Data-related initiatives and giving opportunities

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Campaign update

button reads Meliora Challenge: The Campaign for the University of RochesterThe Meliora Challenge, the University of Rochester’s comprehensive fundraising campaign, has surpassed its initial $1.2 billion goal. President Joel Seligman made the Campaign milestone announcement at a Board of Trustees leadership retreat on March 25.

Launched in 2011, TheMeliora Challenge is the largest campaign in the University’s history. Fundraising efforts forThe Meliora Challengewill continue to build on the $1.2 billion mark until its conclusion in June 2016.

“The Campaign has demonstrated remarkable performance to this point, but we have aspirations that go well beyond The Meliora Challenge,” said Tom Farrell, senior vice president and chief advancement officer. “It is with these goals in mind that we need to stay focused and close out the Campaign strong. It’s a race to the finish!”

The Meliora Challenge campaign surpasses $1.2 billion initial goal


For more information on giving opportunities, please contact:

Stephen A. Dare
Senior Associate Vice President and Interim Chief Operating Officer, University Advancement
(585) 275-7530

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Why I give

Mark and Susan Rose

Mark Rose ’64 came to Rochester as an eager freshman focused on increasing his knowledge in both the sciences and the humanities. He and Susan(ne) ’65 met here, on a ski trip, and since then, both have focused their careers on to the field we now refer to as data science. Mark spent 40 years leading analytic groups at Sandoz, Novartis, Dendrite International, and United Healthcare. Susan’s career has also shaped by data analytics. With a background in biology, public health, and paralegal studies, she specialized in health care, hospital administration, and medical malpractice. Mark and Susan recently donated $100,000 to establish the Mark L. and Susanne M. Rose Scholarship in data science. 


“I wish a discipline like this had been available when I was an undergraduate,” added Mark. “When Susan and I learned about the program’s multidisciplinary nature and how it spans business, medicine, and science, we saw an opportunity to support students interested in this important burgeoning field.”