Support Us

There are two easy ways to contribute to the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry: either on-line by credit card using our secure giving websites linked below or, by check made payable to "UCLA Foundation" with the fund identified in the memo line of the check. Mail check to Penny Jennings, UCLA Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry, 607 Charles E. Young Drive East, Los Angeles, CA 90095-1569. For more information about how to contribute please contact Penny Jennings, Communications Manager, at 310-825-9809 or  

Department Discretionary Fund - The Department Discretionary Fund (also known as the Chemistry Advisory Council 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.

If you prefer, you can direct your gift to the specific graduate student recruitment fund, or the research seminar fund on the drop down menu on the giving website.  Please see below for the description of these two latter funds.

Amirsakis Fund To honor to Dafni Amirsakis and to provide fellowship support to graduate students within the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. 

Atkinson West Fund - To honor Daniel E. Atkinson & Charles A. West and to support prizes and fellowships in Metabolic Biochemistry presented to undergraduate and graduate students within the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry to recognize their excellence in this area.

Educational Innovation Fund - On the occasion of Professor Neil Garg’s Robert Foster Cherry Award Finalist Lecture at UCLA, an Educational Innovation Fund has been established to enable UCLA Chemistry and Biochemistry faculty and students to launch transformative educational initiatives that will have a lasting impact on undergraduate education at UCLA. 

Schumaker Fund - To honor the memory of Professor Verne N. Schumaker and to support undergraduate and graduate student research fellowships within the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry.

John D. Roberts Fund - To honor John D. "Jack" Roberts, the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry and UCLA have established the John D. Roberts Endowed Term Chair in Chemistry, for which we are currently fundraising.

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  

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