Giving Opportunities

General Development Fund for Biochemistry 

Contributions to the Department of Biochemistry's general development fund provide essential support for the department's teaching and research missions, postdoctoral and graduate training opportunities, state-of-the-art equipment and emerging technology, and initiation of new programs. Gifts in any amount are welcome.

Leo T. and Barbara K. Samuels Presidential Endowed Chair in Biochemistry 

Named for biochemistry professor and department chair Dr. Leo T. Samuels and his wife Barbara. The Samuels worked side by side in the lab and were a devoted couple; to each other and to the University of Utah. This endowed chair memorializes their commitment and contribution to science, the university, and to the faculty, students, and staff whose lives they touched.

Marjorie Riches Gunn Endowment Fund 

Named for Marjorie Riches Gunn, long-time friend and former biochemistry department secretary during the chairmanship of Dr. Leo Samuels; proceeds from this fund support a wide range of initiatives, programs, and events.

Sidney Velick Memorial Fund for Postdoctoral and Graduate Education 

Named in honor of former department chair Dr. Sidney Velick, this fund supports training opportunities for biochemistry graduate students and postdoctoral fellows with outstanding potential for careers in science. Funds may be used for stipends, travel to scientific meetings and courses, or other activities that enhance the training and education of the individual.

Pace Lectureship

The Pace Lecture is an annual event bringing eminent biochemists to Utah to deliver seminars and interact with faculty and trainees. The Pace Lectureship was established in the names of Bill and Wanda Pace, long-time residents of Utah, by their nephew, Nick Pace, Distinguished Professor of Molecular and Cellular Medicine at Texas A & M University.

Fund for the Eveline Bruenger Postdoctoral Award for Excellence

Named in honor of Eveline Bruenger, an outstanding scientist, dear friend to the Department of Biochemistry, and generous donor to the University of Utah Health Sciences Center.  Eveline worked for many years with Hans Rilling, a former Chair of our Department, and maintained close association with Biochemistry when she transitioned to the Department of Medicinal Chemistry.  She always attended functions such as the Department picnic, and took special delight in the success of trainees.  This annual award honors a postdoc in the Department who has shown outstanding research accomplishments, and who not only strives for excellence in their research, but uses their excellence to positively influence the people around them.

Naming Opportunities

Naming opportunities exist for endowed professorships, graduate and postdoctoral fellowships, and research funds. Deferred gifts and other tax planning approaches can make more substantial gifts possible. Through a planned gift, donors can give assets to the University of Utah Department of Biochemistry while retaining the income. In addition, bequests can be made as a specific gift of cash, property, or a percentage of an estate.

Naming Opportunities
Minimum Amounts
Endowed Chairs: Endowing a chair allows the Department of Biochemistry to recognize extraordinary research achievements of exceptional faculty who might otherwise be recruited elsewhere. $3,000,000
Endowed Professorships: Endowing a professorship in biochemistry is an investment in leadership. The department recruits and retains outstanding investigators who carry out innovative research programs and foster scientific excellence within the institution. $2,000,000
Endowed Postdoctoral Fellowship: Endowing a postdoctoral fellowship in biochemistry is an investment in promising young talent. Postdoctoral researchers collaborate with biochemistry faculty and offer fresh perspectives that enrich the research enterprise. These researchers will become the scientific leaders of tomorrow. $1,000,000
Endowed Graduate Fellowship: Endowing a graduate fellowship in biochemistry is an investment in education and the long-term future of science. Graduate students work under the guidance of biochemistry faculty are vitally important members of the department. The rigorous training they receive sets the stage for their future success and prepares them for scientific careers in a variety of different venues. $600,000
Named Laboratory: Donors can have a direct impact on the quality of research hiring by providing laboratory start-up funds for both junior and senior faculty recruits. Establishing a laboratory fund in your name allows the Department of Biochemistry to successfully compete for the most talented scientists on the job market. $1,000,000

If you would like to discuss a named chair, professorship, fellowship or laboratory fund, please contact Victoria Davison, Health Sciences Development, at (801) 585-0591 or by email.