Contributions to the Department of Chemistry provide critical support by way of graduate fellowships and important seeding for new programs. To learn how you can make a difference with a major gift, please contact our Development Officer. An endowed fund at MIT can be established with an entry level gift of $100,000.
“MIT has remained a big part of my life since I enrolled as a graduate student in 1976, and graduated with a PhD in 1980. I credit part of my success professionally and personally to the Institute, so giving back came naturally to me when I had a chance.”
Dr. Judith E. Selwyn, MIT PhD ’71 (V) and her husband, Dr. Lee L. Selwyn, MIT PhD ’69 (XV), as Trustees of the Lee L. and Judith E. Selwyn Foundation, have donated $630,000 to support chemistry’s critical needs.
“MIT gave me the foundation for my professional life and career and with gratitude toward the Chemistry Department my wife and I offer this gift.” Scott Rocklage, PhD ’82.
“Kim and I met at MIT and have long wished to recognize its impact on our careers. It seemed appropriate to give a donation to support undergraduate and graduate research. We’re delighted to give back to the Institute.”
During his 60th Birthday Symposium in 2015, Stephen L. Buchwald, the Camille Dreyfus Professor of Chemistry, and his wife Dr. Susan Haber, announced the establishment of the Buchwald-Haber Family Fund, to support graduate students with a preference for those studying organic chemistry.
“My own generation, who must bear some of the responsibility for our present situation, has an obligation to ‘pay forward’ in order to make the vision of sustainable development a reality.”
“I have always been extremely impressed with the caliber of professors carrying out teaching and research in the Department of Chemistry and this is my way of giving back to the department and enabling other students to have the superior training that I did. Without a doubt, having a MIT PhD was instrumental to my successful career. I know education is expensive and I am pleased to assist.”
In 2007 Daniel Harris, ’68 (Course V) and his wife, Sally Harris, established an endowed graduate fellowship in honor of Professor Daniel S. Kemp.
“My UROP experience in the Sharpless lab, working with Dr. Joel M. Hawkins, was the highlight of my undergraduate experience at MIT,” says Dr. Fu. “Barry was an inspiration to generations of MIT undergraduates, as a UROP mentor and as a teacher in the classroom.”
“MIT, the Chemistry Department, and George Büchi were very good to me,” she says, adding, “they provided me access to a career that I loved. I am happy to, in some way, repay that gift.”
Chemistry Postdoc T.Y. Shen honors his wife Amy with an endowed summer graduate fellowship in her name.
The Paul and Marcia Cook Fund for Innovation is used for multiple purposes, such as providing faculty innovation grants for research, start-ups for new faculty, or education needs or service in the department.
Joe recognizes the need for increased graduate student fellowship funding. As a result, he decided in 2007 to establish two Charitable Remainder Trusts to endow two graduate fellowships in Organic Chemistry.
“Despite nearly losing my life twice in my [own] lab, I made a very good living from chemistry, and I credit my interesting career to MIT. As such, I have arranged a planned gift to the department to use for graduate fellowships. I can’t think of a better way to give back.”