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Make a Match: The Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry is dedicating resources to inspire others to give by extending its Matching Gift Program aimed at significantly changing the future of UCLA Chemistry & Biochemistry through endowed support during The Centennial Campaign for UCLA. Through June 30, 2019, qualifying gifts of $100,000 to $1 million to the UCLA Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry endowments will be matched at 100%. For example, a $500,000 gift will become $1,000,000! Click here to learn more.

The UCLA Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry is committed to advancing the knowledge of chemistry and biochemistry through research and teaching. Any gift to our department, no matter how small, can help to support the many aspects of our educational mission, such as recruiting faculty, students, and postdocs; inspiring young scientists with research fellowships and awards; attracting and retaining top scientists with endowed lectureships; supporting course development and enhancement; community engagement and outreach; and commencement awards; to name a few.
Gifts can be designated for the following funds using our secure giving websites linked to each fund. Instructions for gifts made by check are below:
  • Paul D. Boyer Teacher-Scholar Fund - In 2016, the UCLA Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry established the Paul D. Boyer Teacher-Scholar position to honor Professor Boyer's contributions to science, UCLA, and the world. Each year, we review applications from around the globe and select one recent Ph.D. graduate as the Paul D. Boyer Teacher-Scholar. Our Boyer Teacher-Scholars conduct cutting-edge postdoctoral research under a faculty member and also teach undergrads who are passionate about chemistry and biochemistry. Donations to this fund will support postdoctoral research of the Boyer Teacher-Scholar and will also allow opportunities for scientific travel (e.g. conferences). 
  • 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.
  • Dafni 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. 
  • Glenn T. Seaborg Symposium and Medal Dinner - This annual event, named in honor of UCLA alumnus and winner of the 1951 Nobel Prize in Chemistry, Glenn T. Seaborg, was established in 1987 by the UCLA Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry to honor exceptional contributions to our field. Since then, nine Nobel Laureates have received the Seaborg medal. Please contact Penny Jennings,, 310-825-9809, for information about how to support the event. 
  • Graduate Student Recruitment Fund - Contributing to our graduate student recruitment fund is an investment in the future of our department. 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 is the hallmark of our department.
  • Research Seminar Fund - Gifts to this fund support the department's 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 the world. The seminar series give our graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and faculty the opportunity to learn, network, and exchange ideas with our invited speakers and are crucial to the continued academic and research excellence of the department. Funding all or part of an individual lecture is also an option.  
  • 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.
  • The Verne Schumaker Student Support 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.
  • Roberts A. Smith Graduate Award for the Study of Biochemistry Fund - To honor the memory of Professor Emeritus Roberts (Bob) Smith and his commitment to research, education, and pharmaceutical advancement and to recognize our outstanding biochemistry students each year.

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 above or by check.

To donate by check please make check payable to "UCLA Foundation" with the fund identified in the memo line of the check. 

Please mail check to:
Penny Jennings
CLA Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry
607 Charles E. Young Drive East
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1569. 

For more information about how to contribute to any of the above funds please contact Penny Jennings, Communications Manager, at 310-825-9809 or