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Giving Opportunities

Your support helps assure that the Division of Physical Sciences can continue to fulfill its mission of innovation and excellence. Every gift—no matter the size—will make a real, significant impact.  Specific giving opportunities include:

Supporting Undergraduate Scholarships

Gifts to undergraduate scholarships help support UC San Diego’s bright and promising students—who will go on to become tomorrow’s leaders.  For students with financial need, scholarships help bridge the gap between college expenses and financial aid, and can be the deciding factor on whether a student attends UC San Diego, or even if he or she will attend college at all.

You can transform a talented student's life by making a scholarship gift of any size.  Endowed scholarship opportunities are also available.  Named at your request, this scholarship will exist in perpetuity; annual payments from the endowment support the scholarship while the value of the fund continues to grow. 

Fueling Graduate Fellowships

Graduate students are essential to the success of any research university, bringing new perspectives, energy and enthusiasm. Fellowships provide support for promising graduate students, who will become the next generation of leaders, innovators and educators.  Private gifts are essential to recruiting and retaining the best and brightest students and enabling them to conduct physical sciences research which will have a positive impact around the world.

Annual Giving

Annual gifts are a vital source of support for UC San Diego Division of Physical Sciences. When you make your annual gift you can choose to support vital programs to the Division of Physical Sciences like the Dean's Awards for Undergraduate Excellence, alumni outreach, student research and mentorship opportunities.

Providing Funds for the Greatest Needs

Endowed discretionary funds are essential to the Division’s success.  Such funds allow the Division to respond to its most urgent needs and unexpected opportunities that would not otherwise be possible. Such funds ensure that the Division of Physical Sciences will meet the challenges of today and tomorrow.

Creating a Lecture Series

An endowed lecture series enables the Division of Physical Sciences to bring distinguished speakers to campus, giving students and faculty the opportunity to interact with important leaders, scholars and professionals in various fields. Guest lecturers not only bring a new dimension to the academic environment, but also frequently provide stimulus for innovations in research and education.

Establishing an Endowed Chair

An endowed faculty chair provides the resources to fund a distinguished faculty member's research and teaching.  They are also a key factor in attracting and retaining the finest scholars to UC San Diego.  Being appointed to a professorship is one of the highest honors an academician may receive, and those so honored are recognized around the world as leaders in their fields.  A gift of an endowed chair links a donor's name in perpetuity to the accomplishments of the succession of scholars whose discoveries and advancements the gift ultimately will support.


Melanie Cruz
Senior Director
(858) 822-3258

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