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Faculty, staff, and students of the Department of Biology are committed to excellence in teaching, research, and service. Charitable giving provides critical resources that enhance experiences for the entire Biology community.

Currently, gifts support the Biology community in several ways, including:

  • Student scholarships. In the 2007-2008 academic year, generosity of alumni and friends allowed 42 students to receive academic and research scholarships totaling more than $62,000.
  • Lectures and meetings with eminent scientists. Gifts, including the Asa O. Weese and George Miksch Sutton Lectureships, help support Biology’s very strong visiting lecture program.
  • Student Recognition. Several forms of student recognition are supported through charitable giving, including awards for outstanding student teaching and research, and events such as our annual reception for graduating seniors and their families.

Priorities for gifts
With the recent rapid growth in the number of Biology majors, together with increasing costs, charitable giving has a substantial impact on members of the Biology community.

Priorities for gifts include enhancements to student learning opportunities in the classroom, laboratory, and field and through extracurricular events; student scholarships; student research; visiting speakers; outreach activities for current and former students; and faculty research and teaching.

Your Gift Matters!

Biology graduate Emily Muns and her parents celebrating with faculty, staff, and other students at the Biology Graduation Breakfast. The breakfast and Outstanding Biology Senior awards announced at the breakfast are supported through gifts to Biology.

How to make your gift?

To make a donation to Biology please complete the online donation form. For information about alternative ways to give to Biology, please  Contact Us.


Private giving is used to enhance Biology’s mission of excellence in teaching, research, professional service, and outreach.  Priorities for use of gifts include enhancement of student learning opportunities in the classroom, laboratory, field, and extracurricular activities; student scholarships; funding for student research; and outreach activities for current and former students.