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Giving to Physical Sciences


Since UC San Diego’s founding, the Division of Physical Sciences has played a vital role in driving the innovation and discovery that has led the university to become one of the top research institutions in the world.

With your philanthropic support of the Division of Physical Sciences—which contributes to the Campaign for UC San Diego—we can continue to build a diverse pipeline of student and faculty talent ready to blaze new trails to advance scientific understanding for global good.

Support for our students and faculty underpins our ability to achieve research excellence and educational innovation. Explore our giving priorities below and make a gift today.

Giving Priorities

Enhancing the student experience

Our grand vision demands the vitality of a diverse community of faculty and students whose experiences inspire novel, creative exploration. With your support of scholarships and fellowships, we can attract and retain top students and improve student outcomes through immersive learning experiences, mentorships and conferences.

Give to Physical Sciences Scholarships

Give to Physical Sciences Graduate Fellowships

Enriching our campus community

Inherently interdisciplinary, we usher fundamental discoveries into practical applications in partnership with our colleagues in life sciences and engineering. New named endowed chairs and faculty fellowships create sustained resources for our leading faculty, honoring their vital role on our campus and in the field.

Sparking research and innovation

Your philanthropy helps enhance boundary-breaking research as we drive foundational knowledge about the environment; leverage data to predict human behavior and natural systems; explore the engines of life in the fields of biology and medicine; seek solutions for energy generation and storage; explore the origins of the cosmos; and more.

Division of Physical Sciences Greatest Needs

Center for Aerosol Impacts on Climate and the Environment (CAICE)

Chemistry Climate Research

Biophysics Research Fund

The Campaign for UC San Diego: Continue the nontradition

At the University of California San Diego, challenging convention is our most cherished tradition. The Campaign for UC San Diego is a university-wide comprehensive fundraising effort to transform the student experience, our campus, and ultimately the way humanity approaches problems and develops solutions. Learn more at campaign.ucsd.edu.

Can’t find the area that you would like to support? Visit Give Now, or contact us to learn about additional giving opportunities.

Giving Contacts

Peter K. Sanders
Senior Director of Development
(858) 221-3763

John Sawyer
Director of Development
(858) 246-3295