Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

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Last year marked our inaugural “Chico State Giving Day,” and we were completely overwhelmed by your generosity! We set a lofty goal of $15,000 to support students pursuing chemical and biochemical research in the tradition of excellence established by some of our most notable faculty members, Dave Ball, Larry Kirk, and Don Alger. Every dollar of your donations went directly to supporting our students! This year we are asking again for your support to help us continue this tradition of excellence. Our goal is to raise $10,000 to fund student research efforts. You can read below to learn more about each award.

Recent recipients of the David Ball Summer Research Award in Synthetic Chemistry are Mary West, Blake Bewley, William French, Vivien Cherrette, and Amy Nquyen. Prof. Ball joined the Department in 1974, and pioneered our tradition of research. He has mentored over 50 students that have continued on to complete a Ph.D. in chemistry! Prof. Ball is still active in the Department mentoring students during the academic year and during the summer through CSRI.

Recent recipients of the Larry Kirk Summer Research Award in Biochemistry are Connor Hutcherson and Emily Egusa. Prof. Larry Kirk joined the Department in 1981, and has been a model of excellence for collaborative research! He has pursued projects with collaborators in the Department of Biological Sciences, the Department of Mechanical Engineering, local businesses, and the government. Prof. Kirk is still active in the Department mentoring biochemistry students, and supporting this student award.

Recent recipients of the 2018 Don Alger Summer Research Award are Monica Gonzales, Megan Keener, Joshua Gladfelder, Lindsay Quigley, and Michael Smith. Prof. Don Alger joined the Department in 1968, and took the lead on, among many other things, initiating and teaching the Toxicology courses. He served as chair of the Department for three and one-half years, and retired from that position in 2007. He is still actively supporting student awards, and plays a critical role as the Department historian.

Based on last year’s successful campaign we are expanding our efforts by seeking to support our nationally recognized chemistry club, the Student Affiliates of the American Chemical Society (SAACS). The SAACS club wishes to start a new named award for student research! The SAACS Summer Research Award will support an additional research student, but unlike the other awards the recipient will be chosen by the club officers and members. Our goal this year is to raise $5,000 for our amazing club.

In preparation for the move to our new science building ( in the fall of 2020 we are working feverishly to overhaul and expand our instrumentation suite. The center point of our program has always been giving students extensive hands on experience with modern instrumentation. Now, for the first time in our history, we have a discretionary account dedicated to our instrumentation needs! Please help up to equip our state-of-the-art building with state-of-the-art equipment and instrumentation. Help us foster the next generations of scientists! This year we have a target amount for this campaign of $10,000.

Research students need the following personal protective equipment (PPE) and other supplies:

$10 donation provides a pair of safety glasses

$20 donation covers the cost of a research notebook

$25 donation purchases a basic laboratory coat

$50 donation purchases a solvent bottle for reactions

$100 donation covers the cost of a typical biochemical reagent

$150 donation purchases FR/CP (flame resistant/chemical protection) lab coats for students working with hazardous chemicals and reagents

Donation milestones that support our students:

$200 donation covers the hotel stay for one of our students at a scientific conference

$500 donation covers travel for a student to a scientific conference

$4,000 donation pays a research student’s summer stipend

$5,000 donation covers all typical expenses incurred for one student research associate



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