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Your private gift can have a big impact

Because of the decline in support from state and federal sources, now more than ever we rely on the generosity of informed benefactors to support the research and teaching missions of the chemistry and biochemistry department. Your gift can make an enormous difference to the education and research careers of our students and faculty. It can help support fellowships for graduate student research and for undergraduate independent research in our labs, help support the seminar series in which internationally-renowned scientists are invited to share their work, and help create Endowed Chairs for Distinguished Chemistry and Biochemistry faculty.

How Can You Help?

You can make a gift directly to Chemistry and Biochemistry, using the UCSC secure on-line giving form provided at the links below.

Chemistry and Biochemistry General Gift Fund: Your gift can help provide scholarships for our students and fund research, travel to scholarly meetings, or areas that require urgent one-time support and other needs not covered by the University. General Gift Funds are used to support student events through the Chemistry Club at UCSC.  In addition, gift funds help sponsor the annual UC Chemical Symposium,  an event that brings together graduate students and postdocs each year to network and share their research. 

Bunnett Lecture: Supports the annual J.F. Bunnett Lecture in organic chemistry and a departmental award for undergraduates named in honor of Professor Bunnnett. Joseph Bunnett is famous both for his esteemed work in the field of organic chemistry and for his dedication to the destruction of chemical weapons. The Bunnett Prize was established in 2001 by the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry to be awarded to outstanding seniors majoring in chemistry or biochemistry and molecular biology (BMB) and who are conducting a research project. 

Sharon Ann Hibdon Undergraduate Opportunities Award:  This fund honors Sharon Ann Hibdon, a research specialist at UC Santa Cruz from 1995 to 2015. Sharon succumbed to mesothelioma, a rare, currently incurable, asbestos-related cancer, in October 2015. Sharon's husband, Christopher Murray, established this scholarship as a memorial for her. It is designed to recognize outstanding UCSC Chemistry and Biochemistry undergraduates through awards to further their research and professional development opportunities. Student support can be used for professional development activities such as travel to a conference, research supplies, summer support, or hourly salary for research or laboratory work

Doug Drexler Chemistry Scholarship: Dr. and Mrs. Jerome Drexler established this scholarship as a memorial for their son, who graduated with a degree in chemistry. It is designed to recognize outstanding upper division UCSC Chemistry and Biochemistry undergraduates who demonstrate academic achievement in chemistry.

Fink Memorial Lecture and Student Award: This biennial event was established in 2010 to honor and celebrate Professor Tony Fink's exceptionally distinguished career in Biomedical Chemistry. His research enhanced our understanding of a multitude of biochemical processes , including antibiotics and Parkinson's disease, with an impact that extends well beyond his specific field. Our goal is to expand the student fellowship and operational funds so the the Fink lecture can be a regular event. The Tony Fink Memorial Student Award supports one or more students studying in the fields related to human health and biological chemistry.

Kenny Ikei Memorial Fund and Annual Lecture: This fund is in memory and  honor of Kenny Ikei, who was a graduate student in the research lab of Professor Ted Holman. Funds help support the cost of the annual research seminar lecture and to establish a student council to help graduate students navigate the difficult path of getting a degree and maintaining a healthy personal life.

Ellen Renard Endowed Memorial Scholarship: in 1988, Mr. Henry Renard established the fund in memory of his daughter. The scholarship is designed to recognize outstanding UCSC chemistry undergraduate students. This is a 4 year scholarship, paid out over 4 years, which is "renewed" each year as long as the student remains in excellent academic progress.

If you would like more information or to discuss ways to maximize your support,please call the Departmental Chair, Ilan Benjamin at (831) 459-3152 or email:

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