Completed Projects

Completed Projects

  1. Two oscilloscopes donated to the Department of Nuclear Science (Total Cost $1011.44) [September 2022 – November 2022] At the request of Head, Nuclear Science Department CUFSAA purchased a Rigol DS1104ZS Plus 100 MHz Digital Oscilloscope with 4 Channels and 16 Digital Channels + 25 MHz Bandwidth with 2 Signal Source Channels and donated to the Nuclear Science Department. We thank the three CUFSAA members who generously contributed the total cost of this donation plus the shipping cost to send the equipment to Sri Lanka. Along with this oscilloscope, we sent a used oscilloscope donated by Dr. Ranjith Weerasiri to the Nuclear Science Department and a logic analyzer donated by Dr. Upali Jayamaha to the Physics Department. The above expense includes the shipping cost to Sri Lanka for all these equipment.
  2. Ebook Subscription Service to Science Library (Total Cost $4376.00) [September 2022 – October 2022] The Science Faculty library of UofC has developed a plan to implement an e-book subscription service through ELSEVIER to bring the library and information services to the current standards and expand the student access to textbooks through their computer. After receiving a request from the Dean, Science faculty, CUFSAA worked with the ELSEVIER on behalf of the Science Library and was able to work out a more favorable cost structure for the e-book subscription service. With unanimous support from the executive committee, CUFSAA has agreed to pay for the invoice (US $ 4,376) directly to ELSEVIER so that the UofC students and staff can access this critical e-book collection as soon as possible. The list of e-books and their prices are provided for our members to sponsor one or more e-books of their choice. The list includes a total of 29 e-books [consisted of 11 Chemistry books, 5 Mathematics books, 4 Plant science books, 3 Biochemistry books, 2 Physics books, 2 Environmental science books, and 2 Zoology books].
  3. COVID Relief Fund – (Total Cost $160,153.88) [May 2021 – December 2021]
    CUFSAA-NA, in consultation with several Faculty members of the Faculty of Science at the University of Colombo, have initiated and implemented an urgent COVID support for Sri Lanka. Please visit the COVID Relief Fund page for complete information on this project.
  4. Microscopes for Zoology and Environmental Sciences Department – (Total Cost $11,791.81) [November 2020 – March 2021]
    We are pleased to announce that CUFSAA was able to complete the microscopes project for the department of Zoology and Environmental Sciences of the Faculty of Science, University of Colombo very successfully. This was possible due to the generosity of a number of alumni, who helped to raise the required amount to purchase the microscopes within a couple of weeks. Accordingly, ten (10) bright field light microscopes (Olympus CX23) and one (1) dissection microscope (Olympus SZX7) were handed over to the department of Zoology and Environmental Science on April 20th, 2021.
    Your donation will help the education and training of undergraduate and postgraduate students in the of the Department of Zoology & Environmental Sciences, faculty of science for years to come.
  5. High Performance Computers for Plant Sciences Department – (Total Cost $4529.07) [January 2021]
    After reviewing the proposal submitted to the executive committee of CUFSAA by the plant science department, CUFSAA was able to raise funds to purchase the requested two high performance computers to the plant science department at University of Colombo.
  6. Gold Medal for Special Degree Program in Computational Chemistry  (Total Cost $1675) [January 2020]
    The Department of Chemistry (U of C) is of the view that the award of a gold medal for Special Degree in Computational Chemistry would not only motivate these students but would also assist them in securing positions for postgraduate studies. The Colombo University Faculty of Science Alumni Association of North America (CUFSAA-NA), in consultation with the Faculty of Science, has decided to fill this void by sponsoring a gold medal in computational chemistry. The award shall be named the ‘CUFSAA Gold Medal for Computational Chemistry’ and shall be awarded annually from the academic year 2019/2020 for the best performance with either a First or Second Class (Upper Division) in the Honours degree examination in Computational Chemistry.
  7. Telescope Project – (Total Cost $8362.80) [December 2017 – November 2019]
    This project consisted of the donation of the 11-inch Celestron Telescope, Hydrogen-Alpha Solar Telescope, and the associated accessories including multiple CMOS cameras for imaging celestial objects.
    Prof. Chandana Jayaratne of the Department of Physics made the request for the telescopes. The total funds raised by CUFSAA-NA amounted to $10,147.28. We are happy to announce that the donations were completed and, now Science Faculty has tools to conduct successful astronomical outreach events and to carry out undergraduate research projects. The 11-inch Celestron Telescope and accessories were officially handed over to the Faculty in August 2018 while the Hydrogen-Alpha Solar Telescope and accessories were handed over in November 2019 in time for observing the annular solar eclipse of December 26, 2019, which was visible from the northern Sri Lanka.
    CUFSAA-NA wishes to thank the membership for their generous contributions to this Project.
  8. FOS Media Camera Project  – (Total Cost $749.00) [September 2019]
    We received a request from University of Colombo, Faculty of Science, Media unit (FOS Media) for a media camera for the use of science faculty. FOS media request was for a still camera to cover the events and train new students who don’t have personal cameras. CUFSAA donated a Canon t6i camera with a 18-135mm lens (at a cost of $800) to FOS media.
  9. MultispeQ instrument Donation(Total Cost $914.94) [December 2018]
    CUFSAA-NA Joined with PhotosynQ to complete the donation of MultispeQ instruments to the Department of Plant Sciences of the University of Colombo for the benefit of the faculty and the students. Thanks to CUFSAA-NA members, Drs. Priyankara & Kumari Hennayake and Chandrasiri Jayakody, we were able to purchase one MultispeQ instrument. The CEO and Co-founder of the PhotosynQ, the company that manufactures MultispeQ instrument, Mr. Prabode Weebadde and Professor Cholani Weebadde of the Department of Plant, Soil and Microbial Sciences of the Michigan State University also donated another unit at the handover ceremony held at the Deans Office of the University of Colombo on Friday, December 21st, 2018.
  10. A drinking water system for students –  (Total Cost $2336.60) [Feb 2017]
    At the request of the Faculty of Science, CUFSAA has provided a new drinking water system for use by students and staff of the faculty. Four water coolers delivered and installed at to the departments of Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics and Plant sciences. CUFSAA is thankful to Dr. Duminda Wijesekera who solely donated the entire cost of the project amounting to US $2,336.60.
  11. Student Flood assistance – We have given scholarships and financial assistance to students effected by the wide-spread floods that affected many science faculty students.

Completed Fundraiser Events

  1. TAMASHA 2016 – Inaugural get-together was held on September 03, 2016 (Labor Day Weekend) AT New Jersey
    Our Inaugural get-together (Tamasha 2016) was held on September 03, 2016 (Labor Day Weekend) at Akbar Banquet Hall, 21 Cortlandt Street, Edison NJ 08837. (http://www.akbarrestaurant.com/) We also held a brunch/inaugural meeting of CUFSAA on September 04, 2016. The events were a HUGE success! There were over 250 University of Colombo, Science Faculty Graduates, Alumni, Staff, and well-wishers in attendance and they traveled from all over the US and Canada to attend this historic EVENT!
    Please look below for event photos, program, souvenir, and other event related information.

    1. Tamasha 2016 – Official Program
    2. Tamasha 2016 – Event Flyer
    3. Download Tamasha 2016 – Souvenir Issue Warning! This is a LARGE File and is more than 35 MB. Download with caution.
    4. Inaugural Tamasha 2016 – Photos from the Event
    5. Inaugural CUFSAA Brunch/Meeting- Photos from the Event
  2. TAMASHA 2018 – Second get-together was held on May 26-27, 2018 (Memorial Day Weekend) at Cleveland, Ohio
    Our Second get-together (Tamasha 2018) was held on May 26, 2018 (Memorial Day Weekend) at LaCentre Conference and Banquet Facility (http://www.lacentre.com/) We also held a brunch/AGM meeting of CUFSAA on May 27, 2018. The Cultural Show featured Shalika De Silva as guest singer and the Dinner-Dance featured Sri Lankan Live Band (Araliya) with Guest Artist Desmond Rodrigo. On May 27, 2018 a Premier Movie, “The Letter” produced by Sumedha Jayasena was screened The Letter is a movie produced by Sumedha Jayasena and directed by Isuru Weerasinghe Mudali staring Mano Abesiriwardana and Madara Jayasena. It has Sinhala and Tamil dialogue with subtitles in English as well as Sinhala and Tamil. This film was nominated in the Colombo International Film festival in 2014 and was screened once in the festival at the Regal Theater. It also got pre-selected in the Toronto International Film Festival 2018. “The Letter” will be screened in Sri Lanka in late February 2018 in the theater circuit belonging to the National Film Corporation. Logline: An unexplained connection between a soldier and a village girl break barriers of cultural conflict in the midst of a brutal civil war, resulting in unforeseen consequences for everyone involved. Both events were HUGE successes! There were over 200 University of Colombo, Science Faculty Graduates, Alumni, Staff, and well-wishers in attendance and they traveled from all over the US and Canada to attend this reunion EVENT!
    Please look below for event photos, program, souvenir, and other event related information.

    1. Tamasha 2018 – Official Program
    2. Tamasha 2018 – Event Flyer
    3. Download Tamasha 2018 – Souvenir Issue Warning! This is a LARGE File and is more than 68 MB. Download with caution.
    4. Tamasha 2018 – Photos from the Event