Robert R. and Kay Onstead
Science Center

Construction of the front of the Robert R. and Kay Onstead Science Center, formerly the Foster Science Building, is complete.

Phase two of Onstead, formerly the Foster Science Building, is set for completion in January 2018. That phase includes a much-needed facelift to the 70-year-old building, including a new roof; new paint, flooring and ceilings; additional restrooms; updated mechanical systems and a new sprinkler system; and collaborative areas to make better use of the available space while providing a more inviting atmosphere for students, faculty, staff and visitors.

Opportunities are still available for you to help put our vision in action; you can help provide updated science equipment to outfit these new facilities. Click here to make your gift today! 

Giant screens in the lobby display striking visuals related to the sciences that can be seen through the center’s equally giant windows. Click here for a 360-degree view of the lobby. At night, the light from these screens shines onto the center’s front steps and The Quad, an outdoor common space dedicated in November 2015 in honor of Ray (’49) and Kay (Dollar ’49) McGlothlin.

Classes for most of the sciences have moved next door to the Halbert-Walling Research Center, with the rest spread across campus until Onstead’s 85,000 square feet is renovated.

Named for the late Robert Onstead, longtime trustee and advocate for Abilene Christian students, Onstead will house classrooms, labs and offices for several of ACU’s science departments, primarily mathematics.

This radical transformation is bringing the facility, originally built in 1946 and expanded in 1968, into the 21st century and providing innovative learning facilities and collaboration centers for academic programs from the College of Arts and Sciences.

It also will provide enough space for students and their faculty to learn and fellowship while providing opportunities for future expansion as these world-class programs continue to attract the best and brightest students.

Interior - Onstead Science Center
  • Cynthia Powell

    “When students work alongside a faculty member doing basic research, they learn valuable lessons about how to collect, process and interpret data. Pre-health professions students are learning to be scientists who plan to practice medicine. Research experience heightens their awareness of how medical knowledge is expanded, and many of our students express interest in continuing to participate in research as they move into their professional careers.”

    Dr. Cynthia Powell

    Assistant professor, Chemistry and Biochemistry

  • Soo Hun Yoon

    “Over Spring Break, I went to Thomazeau, Haiti, for a weeklong medical mission trip with seven students and two professors from ACU. The trip to Haiti reinforced my passion – service for the poor .... Someday, I want to live among the poor and use my career in medicine to help them.”

    Soo Hun Yoon (’16)

    Chemistry and Biochemistry major with pre-dental emphasis