Victors Campaign

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Vision and Value of UM Chemistry

Building on a history of landmark research and innovation, Chemistry faculty are discovering and testing new medical treatments; developing the next generation of imaging and sensor technologies; and making advances in catalysis, energy storage, and energy harvesting that will lead to much-needed energy efficient technologies.

Excellence in research and education is costly. To become first in the nation for both teaching and research, the Department must continue to attract and retain superb faculty, provide competitive financial support or fellowship packages for outstanding graduate and undergraduate students, continue to enhance the curriculum, and generate funding to seed new initiatives.

Priorities for Chemistry in UM's largest-ever fund raising campaign include:

Catalysis Center +

$8M endowed, $100,000 annually for 5 years to launch

The center will unite diverse groups of UM undergraduates, graduate students, post-doctoral fellows, and faculty to address grand challenges in the field.

• Address challenges including sustainable food production, alternative fuels, and affordable medicines by leveraging catalysis expertise throughout the UM campus and providing seed funds for high risk/high reward projects

• Recruit and support talented undergraduates, graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and faculty.

• Create a state-of-the-art facility with equipment and staff focused on accelerating advances in chemical and biological catalysis at UM. This would position UM as a nucleus for state, national, and global progress in catalysis.

• Move innovative ideas to viable technologies more quickly.

• Provide a mechanism for attracting productive collaborations with the chemical, pharmaceutical, biocatalysis, energy, automotive, and other relevant industries to solve critical challenges. Options include matching funds and strategic partnerships.

Directorship: $2.5M endowed

Program research support:
$100,000 to $200,000 annually/$3.5M endowed

Operational support and equipment:
$25,000 to $50,000 annually/ $1M endowed

Student fellowships:
$50,000 annually/ $1M endowed

Named Undergraduate Student Lounge +

$125,000 expendable

When it’s time to hit the books (or plug in the laptop) students will be able to use this specially-outfitted space, where they can work on projects without having to disrupt their schedules by leaving the Chemistry Building

Innovation Fund +

$1M to $5M endowed

An endowment would ensure a guaranteed flow of discretionary resources to be used as seed money for innovative research projects and for development and integration of new technologies in our teaching labs.

Junior Faculty Support Fund +

$1M endowed;    $50,000 annual for 5 years

Awarded for a term of five years, these positions will enable the Chemistry Department to recruit and retain the finest emerging talent at Michigan. Awards will be made to junior faculty to support their research efforts as they build their careers at Michigan.

Summer Undergraduate Fellowships +

$200,000 endowed; $7,500 annually per student

An undergraduate research experience is essential for students to compete for elite graduate programs and jobs in the chemical and biotechnology industries. Gifts to this fund will enable one or more undergraduate research students to travel to international conferences, or to collaborate in a laboratory in another country. Contributions will be matched by a pledge made by an alumnus to support summer undergraduate fellowships. All funds go directly to support LSA Chemistry and Biochemistry majors taking part in summer research opportunities.

Future Faculty Program +

$10,000 to $50,000 annually

The Department of Chemistry has developed a comprehensive program for preparing our chemistry and biochemistry undergraduates, graduate students, and postdoctoral associates to become faculty members by providing mentored teaching experiences and engagement in curricular development. Funding for this program helps to support students with (a) programming (seminars, brown bag sessions, workshops, special speakers), and (b) contributes toward the cost of attending professional meetings and symposia related to teaching and learning.

International Student Fellowships +

$10,000 to $50,000 annually

Proceeds from this fund would provide support to international students entering the graduate program in Chemistry. Contributions would support opportunities for international students to integrate into the department culture by coming to the department in the summer prior to their first year for an intensive research experience.

Chemistry Strategic Fund +

$10,000 to $50,000 annually

Undesignated, expendable gifts are extremely important to the continuing success and growth of the Department.  Contributions to the Department’s Strategic Fund make it possible to meet unexpected needs and challenges such as:
• Seed funding for new faculty research and innovative research projects
• Curriculum development
• Research lab maintenance and upgrades
• Purchase or repair of major instruments for the research and teaching labs

Give today because the world needs Victors. 

-- Access for bright minds regardless of their financial circumstances. 

-- Real-world, global experiences

-- Frontline research with bold ideas to solve the most challenging problems in our changing world

Contact Information +

Michele Siegal, Regional Director
LSA Development, Marketing, & Communications
5000 LSA
500 S. State Street
Ann Arbor, Michigan 48190-1382
phone: 734.615.6457

University of Michigan Office of Development
3003 South State Street, Suite 9000
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1288
phone: 734.647.6000

Department of Chemistry
University of Michigan
930 N. University
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1055