College of Biological Sciences
Support the Life Sciences this Give Day!

From the smallest building blocks of life to the biodiversity of our planet, the College of Biological Sciences explores fundamental questions about life on our planet. Your gift will support more than 6,000 students with an investment in the entire life sciences footprint at UC Davis. Join us and help foster the next generation of scientists dedicated to finding solutions for 21st-century challenges! 

Not sure where to give? The College's Dean's Circle supports top priorities across the College. Take advantage of the generous matching challenge sponsored by alumna Deborah Neff' '76 and join our family of donors. 

Your gift, no matter the amount, creates a positive and meaningful impact. When you support biological sciences, you provide valuable resources that will help foster world-class education, facilitate leading-edge research, and advance discoveries in human and animal health, cancer, neuroscience, genetic and infectious diseases, environmental conservation, food production and more.

Join our generous supporters and make a gift to the UC Davis College of Biological Sciences today!

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Employee Giving Committee Challenge - Davis as UC It!
$5,000
Employee Giving Committee Challenge - Davis as UC It!
The UC Davis Employee Giving Committee is comprised of staff and faculty from across UC Davis and UC Davis Health. They support a wide range of programs, including the new Staff Emergency Fund, and encourage their fellow employees to do the same and support the areas you care the most about this Give Day. When we reach 300 gifts from employees, the committee has given $5,000 that will be activated on Give Day. Thank you Employee Giving Committee for your support of UC Davis! (Employees, please select "employee" on the donation page when you give)
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Planned Giving Challenge - Wayne & Jacque Bartholomew
$105,500
Planned Giving Challenge - Wayne & Jacque Bartholomew
Generosity comes in many forms, and it is often the best way for you to support important causes that matter the most to you. Start here by learning the different gift options available to you. If UC Davis receives 100 planned giving requests, a $105,000 gift from Wayne and Jacque Bartholomew will be unlocked. To participate, when making a gift to any area during Give Day select "yes" to the question about learning more about other smart ways to give during checkout. That is all you need to do to be counted!
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Family Fellows Challenge for Parent Giving
$5,000
Family Fellows Challenge for Parent Giving
Family Fellows, a group of UC Davis families of current students, are committed to creating exceptional collegiate experiences for our students by supporting programs that are meaningful to them. They inspire university leadership, staff and other families to achieve the best for UC Davis students by serving as examples of philanthropic giving and engaged support. One of those families, Rick Adler and Nancy Haekyung Adler, encourage other parents and families to support areas of campus that are important to your student. When 150 parents give this Give Day, $5,000 will go to the area of campus they support, the College of Engineering Student Design Center. Just select “Parent of a UC Davis Student” as your affiliation when you make your gift.
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AvenueB Genentech Challenge
$100,000
AvenueB Genentech Challenge
Help strengthen and support the pathway of transfer students from community colleges to the College of Biological Science. AvenueB is designed to help transfer students smoothly transition to UC Davis, and ultimately, a career in life sciences. The program was developed by UC Davis and supported by founding partner, the Genentech Foundation, in collaboration with regional community college districts. Once 100 gifts are made to this challenge, the Genentech Foundation will donate $100,000 for the AvenueB Program!
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CBS Honors Scholarship Challenge
$150,000
CBS Honors Scholarship Challenge
Join George '92 and Ann Lin in supporting the CBS Honors Scholarship Challenge. The UC Davis University Honors Program admits approximately 200 students into its program each fall. Fifty students are enrolled into majors in the College of Biological Sciences. Your gift will serve to increase the Honors Scholarship packages for students with the greatest financial need. 25 gifts will unlock this challenge!
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CBS Annual Fund Challenge
$5,000
CBS Annual Fund Challenge
Join alumnus Roger Halualani '89, '91 by giving to the College of Biological Sciences Annual Fund in order to provide critical support where it is needed most. Gift of any amount are needed and appreciated. Gifts of $1,000 or more qualify for membership in the Dean's Circle and will be matched with a personal gift of $500 from alumna Deborah Neff '76. Ten gifts will unlock Roger Halualani's '89, '91 generous $5,000 gift!
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CBS Dean's Circle Matching Challenge
$25,000
CBS Dean's Circle Matching Challenge
Join alumna Deborah "Deb" Neff '76 and give to the College of Biological Sciences Dean's Circle to provide critical support where it is needed most. All gifts of any amount are needed and greatly appreciated. For gifts of $1,000 or more, your gift will be matched with a personal gift of $500 from Deb and qualify you for membership in the Dean's Circle. There is no better way to support CBS broadly than a gift to this fund! 40 gifts will unlock Deb Neff's generous $25,000 gift!
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Genome Center Challenge
$12,500
Genome Center Challenge
Support the Genome Center General Support Fund on Give Day. This challenge will provide immediate support to faculty, students and staff as they advance the teaching, research and public service mission of the Genome Center. 10 gifts will unlock this $12,500 challenge.
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Health Professions Advising Challenge
$9,375
Health Professions Advising Challenge
Please join the Khaira family in supporting Health Professions Advising, which serves thousands of UC Davis undergraduates, graduate students, and alumni pursuing any health profession or allied health field. Your gift will be directed to student programming, which funds student trips to professional schools, networking events with health professionals, and much more. 25 gifts will unlock the Khaira Family's generous $9,375 gift.
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Tracy Storer and Marcia Kimes' Challenge for the Center for Neuroscience
$2,500
Tracy Storer and Marcia Kimes' Challenge for the Center for Neuroscience
The Center for Neuroscience is the hub for interdisciplinary research and education at UC Davis. Discoveries made by the Center’s experts reveal how the brain works, provide the foundation for new treatments and potential cures for brain disorders and transform next generation technologies. Your gift provides critical support where the need is greatest. Donors of $1,000 or more each year become members of the CNS Director’s Circle and enjoy a number of special benefits. Ten gifts to the Center for Neuroscience General Support Fund will unlock this challenge.
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Alexis Merydith EVE Department Challenge
$2,500
Alexis Merydith EVE Department Challenge
Faculty in the Department of Evolution and Ecology are working on groundbreaking research in the ecology of populations and species, including looking at the impact of climate change on oceans health and how animals adapt to spreading wildfires. They are not only committed to answering some of the most pressing questions in science, but to quality teaching and mentorship for their students. 20 gifts will hels us unlock a challenge of $2,500 allowing faculty to continue their important work as scientists and educators.
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Alys Hay Travel Award Challenge
$25,000
Alys Hay Travel Award Challenge
Join Alys Hay and the College of Biological Sciences’ Equity Program to empower our most vulnerable students to succeed academically and professionally. With a preference for first-generation students, the Alys Hay Travel Award allows students to participate in unique experiences such as conferences, workshops, and other academic or professional ventures that help advance their skills, knowledge, and/or professional network. 10 gifts will unlock Alys Hay's generous $25,000 for the Alys Travel Award.
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AvenueB Challenge
$2,600
AvenueB Challenge
Help strengthen and support the pathway of transfer students from community colleges to the College of Biological Science. AvenueB is designed to help transfer students smoothly transition to UC Davis, and ultimately, a career in life sciences. The program was developed by UC Davis and supported by founding partner, the Genentech Foundation, in collaboration with regional community college districts. 20 gifts will unlock Carol J. Chandler's generous $2,600 for the AvenueB Program.
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Biochem and Molecular Biology First-Gen Challenge
$2,500
Biochem and Molecular Biology First-Gen Challenge
Join alumnus John Cuppoletti and his wife Danuta Malinowska by supporting first generation students majoring in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. This award provides students the opportunity to carry out research projects in the laboratories of mentors or participate in career experiences that will better prepare them for their professional pathways. 10 gifts unlocks this challenge.
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Barbara Horwitz and John Horowitz Challenge for Neurobiology, Physiology and Behavior
$80,000
Barbara Horwitz and John Horowitz Challenge for Neurobiology, Physiology and Behavior
A sea urchin, a gecko, a horse and a human are very different creatures at first glance. Yet each relies on a few basic functions for survival, such as growth, reproduction, and response to stimuli, that are common to all animals. Neurobiology, Physiology and Behavior’s faculty study and educate students about these vital processes. Students go on to pursue careers in human and veterinary medicine, biotechnology, and other fields. Your gift supports research, education and programs deemed appropriate by the department chair. 10 gifts will unlock this challenge.
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BioLaunch Challenge
$15,000
BioLaunch Challenge
Support the College of Biological Sciences first-year experience program that serves nearly 2,000 freshmen and transfer students annually. This program builds community and prepares students for success in the life sciences. 25 gifts to the College of Biological Sciences will unlock a generous $15,000 gift from Mardi Dier. Join us!
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Charles and Nanci Cooper's Challenge for Undergraduate Research Experience in the Genome Center
$12,500
Charles and Nanci Cooper's Challenge for Undergraduate Research Experience in the Genome Center
The College of Biological Sciences' more than 120 research labs offer hands-on research opportunities for students to gain valuable experience, build skills like interpersonal intelligence, problem solving and strong communication expertise that have lasting influence for their academic and career success. Join Chuck and Nanci Cooper and make a gift to help CBS undergrads gain valuable research experience in the UC Davis Genome Center. 10 gifts will unlock this challenge!
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Dr. Ronald Smith and Diane Smith’s Challenge for the Department of Evolution and Ecology
$7,500
Dr. Ronald Smith and Diane Smith’s Challenge for the Department of Evolution and Ecology
Faculty in the Department of Evolution and Ecology are working on groundbreaking research in the ecology of populations and species, including the impact of climate change on ocean health and how animals adapt to spreading wildfires. They committed to answering some of the most pressing questions in science and to quality teaching and mentorship for their students. Just 20 gifts unlock a generous gift of $7,500 allowing faculty to continue their important work as scientists and educators.
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Edward and Harriet Yu BioLaunch Challenge
$5,000
Edward and Harriet Yu BioLaunch Challenge
Join Edward '88 and Harriet Yu in supporting BioLaunch, the College's first-year experience program which serves over 1,200 freshmen and 400 transfer students each year. This program sets up new students for success by building community, providing each student with a mentor, and exposing all students early to the breadth of academic and career options available in the life sciences. 25 gifts will unlock Edward and Harriet Yu's generous $5,000 gift for the BioLaunch Program.
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Kendra M Chan Bodega Marine Lab Challenge
$10,000
Kendra M Chan Bodega Marine Lab Challenge
In memory of 2015 alumna Kendra Chan, please support undergraduate students in the College of Biological Sciences who aspire to conduct research at the Bodega Marine Laboratory. Students are selected based on academic merit to perform an independent research project while living at the Bodega Marine Laboratory for one summer, with the goal of publishing any relevant findings or results in a scientific journal and presenting these results at an internal or external professional conference. This award is open to undergraduate students in the College of Biological Sciences who hold sophomore or junior standing, with a declared major in evolution, ecology, and biodiversity and/or marine and coastal science. 20 gifts will unlock this challenge
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Lin Weaver and Family CBS Annual Fund and Dean's Circle Challenge
$10,000
Lin Weaver and Family CBS Annual Fund and Dean's Circle Challenge
Your gift to the College of Biological Sciences Annual Fund provides critical support where it is needed most. Gifts of any amount are greatly needed and appreciated. Gifts of $500 or more will be matched by the generosity of alumna Deborah Neff ’76 and qualifies you for membership in the Dean’s Circle. 40 gifts will unlock this challenge.
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Martin L. Privalsky Memorial Lecture Challenge
$2,500
Martin L. Privalsky Memorial Lecture Challenge
Please join us in celebrating the life and career of Professor Martin L. Privalsky by supporting a special memorial lecture that will recognize Marty for his 36 years of groundbreaking research and tireless service at UC Davis. 50 gifts will unlock this challenge!
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Marty Usrey Challenge for Biology Undergraduate Scholars Program
$5,500
Marty Usrey Challenge for Biology Undergraduate Scholars Program
The Biology Undergraduate Scholars Program (BUSP) is an enrichment program aimed at promoting diversity in the life sciences. Sponsored by the College of Biological Sciences, BUSP offers undergraduate students, who are underrepresented, economically and socially disadvantaged or disabled) the academic support, lab skills courses, and faculty-mentored research experience. Your gift will support this vital program and provide students with the support and tools to be successful. 25 gifts will unlock this challenge.
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Nieland Family Challenge in Evolution and Ecology
$10,000
Nieland Family Challenge in Evolution and Ecology
Join the Nieland Family in supporting undergraduate students in the Department of Evolution and Ecology who seek experiential learning opportunities either in the field or in a research lab. 10 gifts will unlock Ken and Nancy Nieland's $10,000 gift for the Nieland Family Award.
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Plant Biology Undergraduate Research Challenge
$6,000
Plant Biology Undergraduate Research Challenge
Join alumna Dr. Maud Hinchee by supporting undergraduate student research experiences for students majoring in Plant Biology. This challenge supports students as they advance their academic growth by working in a lab or in the field during the summer months. 10 gifts will unlock a $6,000 donation from Maud Hinchee for the Maud Wrightson Hinchee, Ph.D. Undergraduate Research Award.
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R.D. Kidd's Challenge for Undergrads Pursuing Biotech, in Memory of Robert Thornton
$2,500
R.D. Kidd's Challenge for Undergrads Pursuing Biotech, in Memory of Robert Thornton
This Challenge honors Prof. Robert Thornton’s distinguished contribution to undergraduate teaching and to encourage and inspire others, who had the opportunity to study under his guidance, to contribute and help create a lasting legacy in his memory. Your gift will provide an annual award to one or more outstanding undergraduate student(s) in the Department of Plant Biology with an interest in pursuing a career in a biotechnology-related field. 10 gifts will unlock this challenge.
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Sandy Kownacki DVM, MPVM Center for Population Biology Challenge
$2,500
Sandy Kownacki DVM, MPVM Center for Population Biology Challenge
The UC Davis Center for Population Biology advances the understanding of fundamental ecological and evolutionary processes that control the origins and maintenance of biological diversity. Gifts to this challenge will help the Center enhance public awareness of its research through events, conferences, videos and projects that spotlight the outstanding interdisciplinary research of faculty, graduate students and postdoctoral scholars. 20 gifts will unlock a generous $2,500 gift from Sandy Kownacki, DVM, MPVM. Join us!
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Steve and Tammy Conston Scholarship Fund
$5,000
Steve and Tammy Conston Scholarship Fund
Gifts to the Steve and Tammy Conston Scholarship supports undergraduates in the College of Biological Sciences who have demonstrated financial need. 10 gifts will unlock this $5,000 challenge
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Steve and Tammy Conston's Challenge for the CBS Dean's Circle
$5,000
Steve and Tammy Conston's Challenge for the CBS Dean's Circle
Your gift to the College of Biological Sciences Annual Fund provides critical support where it is needed most. Gifts of any amount are greatly needed and appreciated. Gifts of $1,000 or more will receive a $500 match by the generosity of alumna Deborah Neff ’76 and qualifies you for membership in the Dean’s Circle. 40 gifts will unlock this challenge
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Synthetic Biology Genome Center Challenge
$12,500
Synthetic Biology Genome Center Challenge
Support the Synthetic Biology Genome Center Endowment on Give Day! Giving to this challenge will provide long-term support to faculty, students and staff as they advance the teaching, research and public service mission of the Genome Center. 10 gifts will unlock this $12,500 challenge.
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The Kwan Hague Family BOG Challenge
$10,000
The Kwan Hague Family BOG Challenge
The Joseph and Emma Lin Biological Orchard and Gardens (BOG) is a collaboration between students, staff and faculty to convert an underutilized landscape in the heart of campus into a living museum which showcases permaculture practices and biodiversity. A quarter of the space features a first-of-its-kind orchard of heirloom California fruit trees threatened with extinction. Visitors to the garden are free to sample the harvests. The remaining space serves as an outdoor ecological classroom, featuring drought-tolerant plants native to South Africa, the Mediterranean, Australia, Chile and California. 10 gifts will unlock a $10,000 gift from the Kwan Hague Family in support of the BOG.
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Tracy Storer and Marcia Kimes CBS Annual Fund and Dean's Circle Challenge
$5,000
Tracy Storer and Marcia Kimes CBS Annual Fund and Dean's Circle Challenge
Your gift to the College of Biological Sciences Annual Fund provides critical support where it is needed most. Gifts of any amount are greatly needed and appreciated. Gifts of $1,000 or more will receive a $500 match by the generosity of alumna Deborah Neff ’76 and qualifies you for membership in the Dean’s Circle. 40 gifts will unlock this challenge
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UC Davis Botanical Conservatory Challenge
$10,000
UC Davis Botanical Conservatory Challenge
The UC Davis Botanical Conservatory houses more than 3,000 plant species from around the world, providing faculty and students with vital plant species for research, teaching and outreach activities. Your gift helps inspire and promote a greater understanding and appreciation for plants, their diversity and the pivotal role they serve in the environments where they grow and thrive. 10 gifts will unlock this challenge.
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Rank Colleges Gifts
1 College of Engineering 64
2 College of Letters and Science 61
3 College of Biological Sciences 58
4 College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences 26
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