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Your donations have direct impact on the science that will
find solutions for climate change, health care, and everyday materials.

Your contributions make a big difference, no matter how small. And this is why we don’t underestimate your generosity. Thank you. Every bit helps. We depend upon the generosity and goodwill of individuals as state and federal funding can’t cover all the costs to support students and their research, retain world-renowned faculty, and maintain sophisticated lab environments.

Our faculty, tenured and associate professors, have recently won over 80 awards in the science community, and have published over 160 peer-reviewed articles. They’re working overtime because this is their passion and they’re at the top of their fields. Their research directly impacts communities locally and globally as we desperately need solutions for greenhouse emissions, antibiotic resistance, and countless problems in the health and environmental sectors. Chemistry is changing our world for the better.

Our students contribute significantly to all of these solutions--faculty member’s labs make the impact they do because these students work tirelessly. Scholarships make a huge difference in their quality of life as they contribute so much to the improvement of our daily lives.

There are many people and areas that you can support:
• undergraduate students & research opportunities
• graduate students & research
• faculty researchers
• women in chemistry
• maintaining and improving lab facilities
• general funding--it takes a village to support excellent research
Scroll down to see short descriptions and find links to funds that you believe will make the best impact. 

Join today by donating to one of Chemistry’s key funding areas:

Student Emergency Fund

With the uncertainty of COVID-19, we have many students particularly undergraduates, who are attempting to weather financial hardship.
For this reason, the College of Science, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, is asking our devoted friends, alumni and past donors to help us reach chemistry's match by Tom and Kathy Thatcher of $10,000 for the College's Student Emergency Fund.
All donations will go directly toward the support of chemistry students who have lost jobs, are struggling to pay tuition, or who need extra monetary support during this singular time.

Gary E. Keck Endowed Graduate Fellowship

The Keck Fellowship, in honor of Distinguished Professor Gary Keck, will provide financial support to one graduate student pursuing a Ph.D. in Chemistry each year.

Jack & Peg Simons Endowed Professorship (SC14897-40165)

The Jack & Peg Simons Endowed Professorship in Theoretical Chemistry will be critical in attracting and retaining world-class researchers to our Department, and will provide resources beyond conventional federal and state funding.

The Campbell Memorial Staff Award

Initiated by a distinguished chemistry department alumnus, Jerry Murry, and other "Kecklings," to honor the memory of Diana Campbell who recently passed away, the staff award acknowledges the important role that our departmental support staff play in the graduate education and careers of our researchers. The award will be given to a staff member who meaningfully and consistently contributes to and supports graduate students in ways that go above and beyond their administrative duties. This is the first award that recognizes and rewards the significant impact our staff members have on the excellent quality of education and research in the department.

To Contribute:
Include in the comments box the name of the award
"The Campbell Staff Award"

Undergraduate Scholarships (SC04635-40165)

Scholarships enable us to offset tuition costs, reward high-achieving students, and improve students’ quality of education.


Chemistry General Development Fund (SC03291-40165) 

All gifts are welcome and will benefit the Department of Chemistry, its programs, and its students.

Curie Club (SC22551-40165)

The Curie Club provides travel awards, workshops, regular community events, and networking opportunities to support women in science.

And, if your passion is not listed here, the UGive website has many more ways to support the Department of Chemistry’s most important initiatives and programs! To discuss other ways you can give to the Department of Chemistry, please contact the development team at 801-585-7896 or


Giving Levels

Crimson Laureate Society members who contribute at higher levels during their membership year are recognized with additional benefits and tokens of appreciation.  There are six levels:

President’s Circle
$10,000 or more
All Tokens of Appreciation
University Recognition
President’s Club
$2,500 to $9,999
All Tokens of Appreciation
University Recognition
Dean’s Circle
$1,500 to $2,499
Slate Coasters
Dean’s Club
$500 to $1,499
License Plate Frame & Pop Socket
Collegiate Club
$250 to $499
Mouse Pad
Century Club
$100 to $249
Luggage Tag


Crimson Laureate Society - College of Science

The Crimson Laureate Society was established in May 2017. The charter of the Society is to build a community of alumni and friends that are passionate about the advancement of scientific research and education at the University of Utah. 

The physical sciences, life sciences, and mathematics have been the fundamental building blocks for the technological and social leaps of the past century. Now, science is needed more than ever to improve lives and to provide innovative solutions for the global challenges we face.

From the microscopic to the cosmic, research in the College of Science supports transformative discoveries in drug development, clean energy, data science, climate change, and astronomy. At the same time, we teach fundamental science to the next generation of scientists, engineers, doctors, and more.

As a Crimson Laureate Society member, you can be an advocate for science in your community, making your voice heard as we work with legislators to create new science programs in Utah. You’ll gain VIP access to events that present cutting-edge research from the U and around the world, while your philanthropic contributions will support science outreach, scholarships, faculty support, and research at the U.

I ask you to support the promotion and further advancement of science at the University of Utah by joining the Crimson Laureate Society. I hope you will join us in ensuring that science continues to drive creativity, critical thinking, and positive change for everyone in our society.



To recognize the importance of your participation, Crimson Laureate Society members are entitled to many exclusive benefits, including:

  • VIP invitations and seating at featured College of Science events 
  • Recognition on our Hall of Fame donor wall and the College of Science website 
  • Opportunities to engage with our talented and accomplished faculty 
  • Recognition in the Notebook magazine (Collegiate Club and up) 
  • Venues for networking with College of Science alumni and friends 
  • Special tokens of appreciation based on your membership level (see below)

As the Crimson Laureate Society grows, we will roll out additional perks and benefits for members.  This may include special, members-only events and special acknowledgements and rewards for returning members.

Note: You will receive all tokens of appreciation at and below your chosen membership level.

Your membership level for the current year is based on your total contributions to any program, fund, department, or center within the College of Science.

Please contact the development team at 801-585-7896 or if you have any questions regarding your donation. To make an online gift to the Department of Chemistry, please click here.

Last Updated: 2/9/22