Support Biology (Donate)

The School of Biological Sciences welcomes your financial support. Many of our scholarships and programs for undergraduate and graduate students are supported by your generous donations. Whether you wish to contribute in response to current program or campaign solicitations (such as those detailed below) or desire to support another cause, we truly appreciate your kindness. Donations to Biology can be made by mail or through the Office of Development website.

Biology is the largest academic school at the University of Utah.  When one considers that Biology serves ~1200-1300 undergraduate students, ~80 graduate students and has 50+ faculty members the foundational significance of biological research and education becomes obvious.  For instance, the School of Biological Science's Human Anatomy Lab has provided a solid foundation for over 30,000 thousand professionals throughout Utah, the nation, and the world:

  • Health and medicine: physician, dentist, optometrist, veterinarian, medical technologist, biomedical, biotech & pharmaceutical sales.
  • Federal and State Agencies: National Park Service, Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Forest Service, Environmental Protection Agency, Centers for Disease Control, wildlife & natural resource management, recreation, non-profit agencies.
  • Biology graduates also go on to successful careers in academic research, teaching, business, and the legal profession.

The School contains an extremely broad diversity of faculty and student research interests, covering the full spectrum of modern biology from biochemistry through environmental biology. Even in this age of specialization, many of the most important and exciting discoveries occur at the boundaries between traditional fields of research.  Formal and informal collaborations of many kinds are a major feature of life in the School, and they frequently cut across interest group lines.


The George R. Riser Endowment was established for the Department of Biology in 1998. His endowment funds undergraduate and graduate student field-work and research. George Riser graduated in 1947 with a Science degree, and received the 2017 Distinguished Alumni Award.


Dr. Lark established the department in 1972.  He has had a profound influence in the School of Biological Sciences that is now 50 faculty strong and spans disciplines from biochemistry to genetics to environmental biology.  The tremendous impact of Dr. Lark’s affiliation with the University of Utah can be felt statewide and beyond.  The endowment in his name will go towards funding a visiting lectureship, undergraduate research opportunities and eventually a Presidential Endowed Chair to recruit star faculty.


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.


As part of an effort to prime undergraduate students for success, the School of Biological Sciences is seeking support to increase undergraduate research and lab opportunities. Through the Bioscience Undergraduate Research Program and other undergraduate research scholarships and “mini-grants” we can ensure that young students are provided with ample opportunities to join robust learning communities and cohorts, receive valuable advisement and mentorship from faculty and peers, receive financial assistance and support while pursuing their Biology goals, and enjoy a deeply engaged learning experience. Early access to these resources is proven to increase student and career success.


For over half a century, the late Professor John Legler and Professor Mark Nielsen have revolutionized the field of teaching human anatomy at the University of Utah. Through their tireless efforts, over 30,000 students have gained a detailed understanding of the structure, organization, and function of the human body. Our aim is to grow the Legler Endowment into an endowed professorship. We invite you to participate in this unprecedented opportunity to honor the memory of Dr. Legler, and support the continuing legacy of Dr. Nielsen.


This fund supports our faculty, student and teaching needs.


These graduate students dedicate countless hours in the lab, the classroom, and the field. They are research colleagues to our esteemed faculty, and invaluable mentors to our undergraduate students. Your contribution can provide vital support to these students in the form of graduate scholarships and fellowships.

  • Recruiting excellence
  • New Accelerated Master’s Program