Existing Endowments

Name Description
Unrestricted This fund allows the department the flexibility to apply support to the area of greatest need.
Biochemistry Enrichment Fund Supports departmental activities such as undergraduate and graduate student awards, the BMB Undergraduate Club, and travel costs for graduate students attending professional meetings for which general funds are not available.
Biochemistry Undergraduate Endowed Scholarship Fund Awarded annually on a competitive basis, to support excellent undergraduate students pursuing research in the department.
John A. Boezi Memorial Alumnus Award An award given biannually to a recipient of a B.S., M.S., or Ph.D. degree from this department who has continued on to a distinguished career that reflects the qualities personified by John Boezi. The awardee is determined by the BMB Awards Committee.
Dr. Richard U. and Claire M. Byerrum Endowed Fellowship Fund A fellowship to be awarded to attract or retain outstanding graduate students. This fund is a tribute to Richard U. Byerrum.
Pamela J. Fraker Undergraduate Scholarship Endowment in Biochemistry This annual scholarship, given to Biochemistry undergraduate students, was established by Dr. Pamela J. Fraker, the first female National Academy of Sciences member from MSU. Preference will be given to students who have achieved sophomore status, who demonstrate a financial need and who have earned a 3.0 GPA. The number of awards given per year are dependent on the fund balance.
R. Gaurth Hansen Lecture Fund Biannual lecture by an alumnus who completed undergraduate research training in the laboratory of a Department of BMB faculty member, or graduate research training leading to the Ph.D. in BMB, or graduate training leading to the Ph.D. in a program with which the Department of BMB faculty mentor is affiliated and is currently in the early stages of a promising career. This fund is a tribute to R. Gaurth Hansen.
The awardee is determined by the BMB Awards Committee.
Charles C. Sweeley Lectureship in Biochemistry Annual lecture by a prominent scientist in the field of biochemistry, in tribute to Charles C. Sweeley.
N. Edward Tolbert Endowed Lectureship in Plant Biochemistry Annual lecture by a renowned plant scientist, in tribute to N. Edward Tolbert.
Jack Throck Watson Graduate Fellowship in Biochemistry Endowment Former students and colleagues of Dr. Jack Throck Watson, Professor of Biochemistry and Chemistry, have established this graduate fellowship to honor their teacher, mentor, friend, and colleague. Awards will be made to graduate students majoring in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. Recipients are selected by the Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology. The number of awards given per year are dependent on the fund balance.
William W. Wells Lectureship in Biochemistry Annual lecture by a prominent scientist in the field of biochemistry, in tribute to William W. Wells.