From Alumnus George Elliott

My wife, Lissa, and I are very fortunate to be able to provide a planned gift to the School of Biological Sciences at the University of Utah. The education I received while getting my Ph.D. from the Department of Biology was instrumental in providing us with a very enjoyable life together, and we feel it is very important to ensure that the programs that we benefitted from can continue for the benefit of those who follow. We know that one way to do this is to contribute to the creation of a lasting legacy for the School of Biological Sciences. The successful biology department that chair K. Gordon Lark built could not have happened without the vision and resources of alumni and friends who were willing to support his efforts. Lissa and I are grateful that those resources helped give us a life together that allows us now to give back. We hope other alumni and friends of the School will take advantage of this wonderful opportunity to look to the future through the planned giving program at the U. ~George Elliott (PhD'84) To donate, visit biology.utah.edu/giving and become a member of the Crimson Laureate Society Alexandria, VA Gifts in any amount are gratefully received Some planned gifts may yield certain federal tax advantages and can even give you an income throughout your lifetime. The College of Science's Crimson Legacy Society is designed to recognize those who have made a deep commitment to the future of the School of Biological Sciences through cash or planned gifts at the $50,000 level or above. Members will be recognized on the Crimson Legacy donor wall and in the College's annual Discover publication. They will also receive a special token of appreciation in recognition of their support.


The Crimson Laureate Society is a new group dedicated to promoting and advancing science and mathematics at the University of Utah.  Members advocate for science in the community, make their voices heard, and have access to exclusive benefits and recognition opportunities.

If you are passionate about biology, the Crimson Laureate Society is a unique opportunity to share this passion with like-minded individuals and show your dedication to upholding the value that biological science provides to our local, national, and global communities.

Your gift of $100 or more to the School of Biological Sciences will grant you full membership in the Crimson Laureate Society this year, while your contribution will serve to fortify the future of biology education and research at the University of Utah.


Join today by donating to one of Biology’s key funding areas:

K. Gordon Lark Endowment (SC25948-40165)
Dr. Gordon Lark established the Department in 1972. His endowment will fund undergraduate research, a visiting lectureship, and eventually a Presidential Endowed Chair for star faculty.

George R Riser Endowment
The George R. Riser Endowment was established for the School of Biological Sciences in 1998. His endowment funds undergraduate and graduate student field-work and research. George Riser graduated in 1947 and received the 2017 Distinguished Alumni Award.

Undergraduate Research
Undergraduate scholarships provide students with learning experiences, community engagement, and mentorship, resources proven to increase success.

Biology General Support
These funds are used to support students, faculty and teaching throughout the School of Biological Sciences, targeting the areas of greatest need.

Legler Endowed Lecturer in Human Anatomy (SC18635-40165)
Honoring the work of Drs. John Legler and Mark Nielsen, the Legler Lecturer in Human Anatomy ensures that our legacy of excellence in Human Anatomy education continues in perpetuity.

Coley-Kursar Endowment
Coley-Kursar Endowment celebrates the legacy of ecological research and graduate student training by Dr. Thomas Kursar and Dr. Phyllis Coley. Funds will support graduate students conducting field studies. For more info click here.

Fujimoto Memorial Scholarship
This scholarship was established in 2018 by the Fujimoto family to honor the memory of Esther Fujimoto and her career as a research scientist in Molecular Biology at the University of Utah. 


And, if your passion is not listed here, the UGive website has many more ways to support the School of Biological Sciences’ most important initiatives and programs.


To recognize the importance of your participation, Crimson Laureate Society members are entitled to many exclusive benefits, including:

  • VIP invitations and seating at featured College of Science events 
  • Recognition on our Hall of Fame donor wall and the College of Science website 
  • Opportunities to engage with our talented and accomplished faculty 
  • Recognition in the Notebook magazine (Collegiate Club and up) 
  • Venues for networking with College of Science alumni and friends 
  • Special tokens of appreciation based on your membership level (see below)


As the Crimson Laureate Society grows, we will roll out additional perks and benefits for members.  This may include special, members-only events and special acknowledgements and rewards for returning members.

Giving Levels

Crimson Laureate Society members who contribute at higher levels during their membership year are recognized with additional benefits and tokens of appreciation.  There are six levels:

President’s Circle
$10,000 or more
All tokens of appreciation University recognition

President’s Club
$2,500 to $9,999
All tokens of appreciation University recognition

Dean’s Circle
$1,500 to $2,499
Desk Organizer

Dean’s Club
$500 to $1,499
License plate frame

Collegiate Club
$250 to $499
Lapel pin

Century Club
$100 to $249
Window cling and magnet

Note: You will receive all tokens of appreciation at and below your chosen membership level

Your membership level for the current year is based on your total contributions to any program, fund, department, school or center within the College of Science.