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Family Support Donors

To allow visitors to fully participate in its scientific activities, MSRI is pleased to be able to offer childcare grants to researchers with children under the age of 17. One of the objectives of MSRI’s family support program is to contribute toward MSRI’s goal of enabling the participation of women and members of other historically underrepresented groups in its programs, workshops, and summer graduate schools.

These flexible grants may be used for reimbursement of childcare expenses incurred in Berkeley, or at home, including airfare for children and support for companion caregivers or hired childcare providers in Berkeley or to cover the costs of such help at home. Please note that, because these funds are taxable, they are available only to US Citizens and Permanent Residents, and foreign visitors with a visa status that allows for compensation, such as a J1. If you are interested in receiving a child care grant, please fill out this form.

We are deeply grateful to our Family Support Donors, listed below, for their generosity.


Family Support Donors

Vinita Gupta is an Indian-born American businesswoman. She is the founder and chairman of Digital Link Corporation (now Quick Eagle Networks). She is credited with being the first woman of Indian origin to take her company public in the United States. Mrs. Gupta is also a national bridge champion. She earned a bachelor’s degree in electronics and communications from the University of Roorkee, India, and an M.S. from the University of California, Los Angeles. Dr. Naren Gupta was an entrepreneur and venture capitalist with over 20 years of early and early-growth stage investment experience in US and India. He co-founded Integrated Systems Inc (ISI), a leading embedded software company. He took ISI public and subsequently merged it with Wind River Systems. Dr. Gupta held a B. Tech. degree and was a recipient of President's Gold Medal from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Delhi; an MS from the California Institute of Technology; and a PhD from Stanford University.

Margaret Holen, a retired Goldman Sachs partner and private investor, is a member of MSRI’s Board of Trustees. She holds a PhD in mathematics from Princeton, an M.Sc. from Oxford, where she was a Fulbright Scholar, and a B.S. from The University of Chicago. She serves on the Riverside Park Conservancy Board, Investment Committee of the Goldman Sachs Foundation, the Princeton University Operations Research and Financial Engineering Department Advisory Council and the UC Berkeley Haas Masters in Financial Engineering Advisory Committee. Her husband David Coulson is a Managing Director at Goldman Sachs, responsible for Goldman's post-execution derivatives platform. He serves as a director of DTCC Deriv/SERV, a trustee of Collegiate School, an independent school on the Upper West Side in New York City, and as a trustee of Cambridge In America.

Additional funding provided by:

  • Anonymous
  • Ian Agol and Michelle McGuinness
  • Priscilla Chou
  • Ronald Kahn and Julia Rowe
  • Maria Klawe and Nick Pippenger
  • Microsoft Research