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The UCLA Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry has a tradition of excellence and is ranked among the best in the country.

The Department employs approximately 50 world-renowned professors and is home to 1400 undergraduate majors, 350 graduate students, and 130 post-doctoral fellows pursuing cutting edge research in all areas of chemistry and biochemistry. During these tough financial times your support is needed now more than ever to maintain the department’s high quality education and research. 

There are two easy ways to contribute to the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry:

For more information about how to contribute please contact Penny Jennings, Communications Manager, at 310-825-9809 or penny@chem.ucla.edu.

The three funds below are our highest fundraising priorities at this time:

Departmental Discretionary Fund

The Departmental Discretionary Fund provides support to the areas of greatest need, as determined by the Department Chair in consultation with the faculty. These areas include undergraduate research fellowships, graduate student fellowships, much needed instrumentation for research, modernizing research and teaching laboratories, and providing students with travel stipends to attend and present their findings at conferences.

Research Seminar Fund

Gifts to this fund will help support the four divisional seminar series: Biochemistry & Molecular and Structural Biology, Inorganic Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, and Physical Chemistry. These series consist of weekly lectures by world-renowned scientists from around the nation and around the world. Graduate students, post-doctoral fellows, and faculty have the opportunity to learn, network, and exchange ideas with these famous academic and industrial leaders. These seminar series are crucial to continued academic and research excellence in the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry. If you are interested in sponsoring or endowing one of the divisional seminar series or funding all or part of an individual lecture, please contact Penny Jennings at 310-825-9809 or penny@chem.ucla.edu

Graduate Student Recruitment Fund

Outstanding graduate students are at the heart of nearly every aspect of our teaching and research missions. The best way to attract top-notch graduate students is to invite our best applicants to campus giving them first-hand exposure to the cutting edge research and academic excellence that permeate the Department. This is an expensive undertaking, but an extremely important investment in the future of the department. If you are interested in sponsoring or endowing a graduate student recruitment fund, please contact Penny Jennings at 310-825-9809 or penny@chem.ucla.edu

Donations by check made payable to "UCLA Foundation" may be mailed to:

Penny Jennings
Communications Manager
UCLA Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry
Division of Physical Sciences
607 Charles E. Young Drive East
Box 951569
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1569

Special Courtesies - Chancellor's Society

In recognition of the importance of annual gifts to the UCLA’s Chemistry and Biochemistry Department Discretionary Fund, donors become part of the UCLA leadership giving program, the Chancellor’s Society. As a leadership donor at UCLA, our supporters receive special courtesies based on their leadership level annual gift:

  • Chancellor's Student Circle ($100+)
  • Chancellor's Young Alumni Circle (0-4 years post grad. $250+; 5-9 years post grad. $500+)
  • Chancellor's Circle ($1,000 - $2,499)
  • Chancellor's Associates ($2,500 - $4,999)
  • Chancellor's Gold Associates ($5,000 - $9,999)
  • Chancellor's Cabinet ($10,000 - $24,999)
  • Chancellor's Executive Cabinet ($25,000 - $49,999)
  • Chancellor's Senior Executive Cabinet ($50,000+)

Please click here for more information on the special courtesies associated with each giving level.

Donors may also receive communications from the UCLA Fund, UCLA’s annual fund. If an annual leadership gift is directed to Chemistry and Biochemistry through UCLA Fund appeals, the donor still qualifies as a Chancellor’s Society donor and receives these special courtesies.