Giving to Biochemistry

Thank you for considering a gift to the department to support our students, faculty, and research. Gifts of any amount make a difference. You can help us ready our students for successful futures and keep UW–Madison and the Department of Biochemistry at the forefront of education and research. The UW Foundation and Alumni Association (WFAA) receives gifts on behalf of the department.

How to make a gift to the Department of Biochemistry Fund

Our general fund is essential to the success of the department. It allows us the flexibility to meet our many needs and support our students and faculty in numerous ways.

  • To make a gift online: Click this link to the UW Foundation giving page
  • To make a gift via mail:
    • Make the check out to University of Wisconsin Foundation
    • Include a note with the fund name and number, or include it in the memo line: Department of Biochemistry Fund - 132151050
    • Consider using the printable giving form
    • Mail your check to:
               University of Wisconsin Foundation
               U.S. Bank Lockbox
               Box 78807
               Milwaukee, WI 53278-0807
  • To contact WFAA for help with giving:
             Brandi Funk
             Director of Development

More information on ways to give, such as matching gifts and planned gifts like estate gifts, can be found at

Photos of students, researchers, and professors in the Department of Biochemistry

More areas of support

In addition to our general fund, there are multiple areas where supporters can make an impact. Explore the areas and funds below. If you are interested in supporting any of these areas, please contact Catherine Steffel at or 608-265-4002.

Undergraduate Research
Gifts help us support awards for undergraduate students that allow them to pursue research and get a jumpstart 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 Students
Each graduate student in the department receives a stipend and tuition during their time here. This level of support isn’t 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 grad students make in teaching and mentoring.

Postdoctoral Scholars
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.

Faculty Support
Endowed professorships 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 — but also memorialize and honor our greatest champions who selflessly give for this purpose.

Study Abroad
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
The Department of Biochemistry has long been known to have one of the strongest sets 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 come speak on campus.