Chemistry and Biochemistry Student Research Awards

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Support Named Awards in Chemical and Biochemical Research

The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry has supported the summer undergraduate research efforts of over 120  students since 2000 when the Chemistry Summer Research Institute (CSRI) was founded with a donation from Roche Biosciences, Palo Alto. Since then, every summer six to eight of our faculty members volunteer their time to work side-by-side with students. Thanks to the pioneering efforts of three distinguished faculty, and the gifts and donations of our alumni, the Department offers three named awards that support our summer research students with a stipend, money for reagents/supplies, and travel to scientific conferences! Because of these funds our students have conducted research in all the major divisions of chemistry and many have worked on cutting-edge cross-disciplinary projects.

The National Science Foundation (NSF) states that undergraduate research “... draws on the integration of research and education to attract a diverse pool of talented students into careers in science and engineering…” Our CSRI program exemplifies the NSF statement as evidenced by the fact that the vast majority of our summer research associates go on to pursue graduate degrees in chemistry or biochemistry! As a result of these efforts, our Department sends several students each year to the National Meeting of the American Chemical Society to present their results to the broader scientific community.

Every dollar of your donation goes directly toward supporting a student. Student recipients of these awards are provided with a stipend, money for reagents and consumables, and covered travel expenses to present their findings at a scientific conference. Help us grow this tradition of excellence by donating to the following Named Awards in Chemical and Biochemical Research that the Department offers:

The David Ball Summer Research Award in Synthetic Chemistry: David 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.

            Goal amount: $5,000

The Larry Kirk Summer Research Award in Biochemistry: 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.

            Goal amount: $5,000

The Don Alger Summer Research Award: 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.

            Goal amount: $5,000

Help us meet key milestones as we support aspiring scientists

$500 pays for student travel to a scientific conference to present their work

$1,000 sends a student to a conference and helps cover the cost of the research

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

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

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