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You play a vital role in providing support that enriches student experience at the School of Biological Science at the University of Utah. Giving opportunities are available at all levels and can be directed to a number of bio-initiatives. Gifts in any amount are gratefully received.

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A Deep Commitment to U Biology

. . . Through a Legacy Gift

The Şekercioğlus

My wife Tanya Williams and I are happy to be able to provide a planned gift to the School of Biological Sciences at the University of Utah. We moved to Utah in 2010 to establish my Biodiversity and Conservation Ecology laboratory.  I am thankful for the research, teaching and service opportunities provided to me by the University of Utah’s School of Biological Sciences, and Tanya is grateful to be able to serve her patients at the U’s School of Medicine.

Our work has benefited greatly from the generosity, resources and collegiality provided by the U, its faculty, alumni and other benefactors. This support has enabled me to study, conserve and teach about the world's endangered biodiversity and helped Tanya provide healthcare to some of the underserved populations in this beautiful state.

We hope to “pay it forward” by providing a modest legacy gift for SBS. Planned gifts of this kind will help SBS continue to attract and support the best PhD students in biodiversity research, conservation biology, environmental science, ornithology and wildlife ecology during this time of rapid and devastating global change that requires all hands on deck.

We hope you will join us in making a legacy gift to the School of Biological Sciences.

~Çağan H. Şekercioğlu, PhD and Tanya M. Williams, MD

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Legacy Giving

For many alumni, parents, and friends, Legacy Gifts offer creative and flexible strategies that cost nothing now and enable you to support the programs that matter most to you. At the same time, they may also enable you to make more significant support than you thought possible while at the same time allowing you to achieve your financial, philanthropic, and real estate planning goals. A Legacy Gift can be as simple as including a bequest provision in your will or trust or naming U Biology as a beneficiary of your life insurance policy or retirement plan. Options are available that can pay income to you during your lifetime or pass assets to your heirs with little or no tax penalty. Regardless of its size, your gift will make a difference in the lives of students and faculty at the School of Biological Sciences. For more information, please visit or contact the Legacy Giving team at 801-581-6824 or

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We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.

~Winston Churchill