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Matching Funds
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.  Qualifying gifts of $100,000 to $1 million to the UCLA Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry endowments may be matched at 100%. For example, a $500,000 gift will become $1,000,000! Please email about the possibility of matching funds for donations less than $100,000. 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. If your employer offers a matching gifts program, please consider asking to have your donation matched.   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:

Centennial Collaboratory Donor Wall – Donors can take their place among friends and alumni on a highly visible donor wall in the Collaboratory. Gifts will be displayed on hexagonal “molecules”, visually representing those who come together to strengthen the department. Gifts can be paid off over five years, which works out to less than $6/day for the $10k level.

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.

Research Seminars Fund – Gifts to this fund support the department’s four divisional seminar series: Biochemistry & Molecular and Structural Biology (BMSB), 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.

Undergraduate Summer Research Fellowship Program – Thanks to the generous support of our alumni and friends, 25-40 of UCLA’s talented Chemistry & Biochemistry undergraduate students receive a $4,000 fellowship to conduct research in faculty labs during the summer. These life-changing fellowships are made possible thanks to the support of our alumni and friends, and many more deserving students will benefit as this program grows. To contribute to the program or establish a new named fellowship, please contact Brooke Sanders, Executive Director of Development, UCLA Physical Sciences, 310-794-9045, Your gift of any size will directly impact one of our world-class students and aspiring scientists!

Atkinson West Fund – To honor Professors 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.

#BlackinChem Lectureship Fund – UCLA graduate students are hoping to raise $100K to endow an annual UCLA lectureship series to celebrate Black chemists and biochemists. The goal of the annual lectureship is to invite one of the world’s top Black scientists to UCLA each year to give a special lecture. The lecture series would be open to the public, celebrating and learning about the incredible work being done by Black scientists. Read more about the campaign here.

Dafni Amirsakis Fund – To honor to Dr. Dafni Amirsakis and to provide fellowship support to graduate students within the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. Read more about Dafni here.

The Paul Boyer Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship Program -To honor Nobel Laureate and UCLA professor Paul Boyer we are establishing an endowment to permanently fund summer undergraduate research fellowships. Once this endowment is fully-funded, it will provide summer undergraduate research fellowships every year to four UCLA undergraduate biochemistry majors who will perform research in the laboratories of UCLA Chemistry & Biochemistry faculty.

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).

Richard E. Dickerson Biochemistry Seminar Fund – Honoring Professor Emeritus Richard Dickerson, a giant in structural biology, this new fund will provide resources for an enriched biochemistry seminar series at UCLA.

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.

Endowed Chairs – Endowed chairs are a critical resource for our department. These positions attract and retain top-quality faculty for our students to learn from and work alongside on scientific research that addresses the world’s greatest needs and humanity’s drive for exploration. To find out how you can contribute to an endowed chair, please contact Brooke Sanders, Executive Director of Development, UCLA Physical Sciences, 310-794-9045, Click here to see a list of the department’s current endowed chairs.

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.

Houk/Jung Organic Colloquium & Organic Chemistry Named Lectures – Each year, UCLA hosts roughly 25 outside speakers for our Houk/Jung Organic Colloquium. The Houk/Jung Colloquium provides our graduate students and postdoctorals the opportunity to learn science from and interact with distinguished academic and industrial researchers.  Your support would help ensure this tradition continues into the future. In addition to supporting the general Houk/Jung Organic Colloquium Fund, donations can be made to sponsor specific organic chemistry named lectures in honor of prominent UCLA faculty and alumni. To learn more about the named lectures click here.

Physical Chemistry Seminars
Each year, UCLA hosts roughly 25 outside speakers for our Physical Chemistry Seminars. This provides our graduate students and postdoctorals the opportunity to interact with distinguished academic and industrial researchers. UCLA has vibrant training programs in all aspects of physical chemistry and our seminars greatly enrich the experience. Your support would help ensure this tradition continues into the future.

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 & Biochemistry.

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.

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 & 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:
The UCLA Foundation, PO Box 7145, Pasadena, CA 91109-9903
If you are interested in contributing to the department please visit our giving website or contact  Brooke Sanders, Executive Director of Development, Physical Sciences, via email at or 310-794-9045.