General Funding Areas
The Department of Biochemistry General Fund is essential to our success. It allows us the flexibility to meet our many needs and support our students and faculty in numerous ways and allow us to make sure we are able to give our students the best education, resources, and research opportunities possible. For example, we fund scholarships for undergraduate research and fellowships for graduate students, support international experiences for students, host seminars, build community with our annual retreat, and further our research innovation. Fund No. 132151050
Undergraduate Student Support
Gifts help us support awards for undergraduate students that allow them to pursue research and get a jump-start on a career in science. Some awards fund students to work full-time over the summer in the lab, rather than having to take on a second job to cover expenses. Others help students perform research abroad or at another university or present their work at a conference.
Graduate Student Support
Each graduate student in the department receives a stipend and tuition during their time here. This level of support would not be possible without generous gifts used for fellowships and awards. Graduate fellowships help fill gaps left by faculty members’ increasingly competitive grants. Other awards help us honor the contributions graduate students make in teaching and mentoring.
Postdoctoral Scholar Support
Postdoctoral scholars are a highly valued community in the department. These dedicated scientists are tomorrow’s career researchers and faculty members. They are integral to the successful and important research taking place in our laboratories by pursuing independent research and mentoring graduate and undergraduate students. We are able to reward their efforts with awards made possible by gifts.
Endowed professorships and chairships serve as the backbone for faculty research, recruitment and retention. They allow our department to stay competitive and bring in and keep the best faculty researchers possible. These generous programs serve to provide our department and faculty with the resources they need while also memorializing and honoring our greatest champions who give for this purpose.
Study Abroad Support
The Department of Biochemistry hosts several of its own unique study abroad programs for undergraduate students. Our initiatives span many research opportunities across Europe as well as learning about the intersections of agriculture, health and nutrition in Uganda. The department works hard to ensure that cost is not prohibitive for students who want to explore science in our world — and generous gifts are how we are able to reach this goal.
Lecture Series and Symposia Support
The Department of Biochemistry has a strong set of lecture series and symposia, bringing in leading scientists from around the country and the world to share their knowledge with the department and broader campus and Madison community. Named lecture series and symposia wouldn’t be possible without the assistance of generous gifts, and they help us attract leading talent to speak and work on campus.