Giving Opportunities

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Greetings and thank you for your interest in donating to the School of Molecular Biosciences. As the new director of the School I am very impressed by the history of our School’s research and teaching enterprise. Recently, I met with Dr. Herb Nakata, one of the former chairs of the departments that came together to form our School more than a decade ago.  Herb was chair of Microbiology and I thoroughly enjoyed our conversation where he outlined the successes of our Microbiology alumni. We also have a storied history in Biochemistry and Genetics/Cell Biology and I welcome hearing from alumni who are graduates from all of our degree programs. Today, our faculty are actively undertaking state of the art research in our new building on the WSU campus. We continue to have research focuses in Biochemistry, Cell Biology and Microbiology. The faculty is also busy training the next crop of scientists. Please drop by and visit us. We will be pleased to welcome you!

Microbiology Development Fund

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Microbiology Student Aid Fund

During the national campus unrest of the 1970s, the bacteriology department under the leadership of Dr. Herb Nakata “invited state legislators, campus administrators, and interested faculty to a series of racial workshops. These led to the development of policies against racism and the establishment of the departmental Student Aid Fund. Initially supported by faculty and graduate students and later by alumni, this first departmental fund assisted majors from financially disadvantaged backgrounds.”  From a Mini- history of the Department of Microbiology at Washington State University by H.M. Nakata, 2001.

  • Certified major in SMB
  • Academic Excellence
  • Preference to those students with financial need

Scholarship Recipients: Jessica Harris (2010), Kyla Hills (2011), Tiffany Hylkema (2012), Matthew Bremgartner (2013), Paige Blue (2014), Katie Salmon (2015), Megan Francies (2015), Seth Schneider (2016)

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Herbert M. Nakata Microbiology Fund

This fund was established in 1993 by the Department of Microbiology to honor Professor Emeritus Herbert M. Nakata. Dr. Nakata served as chair of the microbiology department for 24 years. Under his leadership the department became academically and fiscally strong.

  • Certified major in microbiology

Scholarship Recipients: Justin Pieper (2010), Tracy Luu (2011), Marie Smith (2012), Alicia Ocasio (2013), James Bonner (2014), Homa Shaarbaf (2015), Marissa Leupold (2016)

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Robert A. and Winona P. Nilan Graduate Fellowship in Genetics

Dr. Robert Nilan served as the first chair of the Department of Genetics and Cell Biology from 1965-1978 and Dean of the College of Sciences from 1978-1989. His world-wide recognition as a plant geneticist earned him an appointment to the Danish Academy of Science.  He became the first Nilan Distinguished Professor in Barley Research and Education, a position created in his honor by the Washington Barley Commission.

The fund is established to provide fellowships for graduate students in the Department of Genetics and Cell Biology. Major purposes of these fellowships shall be to help attract the most talented students to the Department of Genetics and Cell Biology at WSU and to reward and provide incentive for superior research performance.

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Marvel-Dare Nutting and Audrey D. Dickson Fellowship

Marval-Dare received her Master of Science in Chemistry from Washington State College (now know as WSU) in 1930 before she was 20 years old.  After graduating from WSC, she went on for a Ph.D. in Biochemistry at the University of Rochester. Marval-Dare and her sister Audrey created a legacy at WSU through their wills.

Awarded to Graduate and Undergraduate students in Biochemistry, with a preference going to women.

Scholarship Recipients: Gabby Kahler (2015), Marshall Mitchell (2016)

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John C. Ross, Vera Ross and Avron J. Ross Medical Microbiology Endowment Fund

John Ross enrolled at Washington State College being awarded a B.S. in Microbiology in 1948 and a M.S. in Microbiology in 1953. He was hired as a research microbiology by the Western Fish Disease Laboratory, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior, located in Seattle WA. The lab identified, described and devised treatments for bacterial, viral and parasitological diseases of salmonid fishes, for both hatchery reared and wild stock.

Awarded to Graduate Students pursuing advanced degrees in Microbiology, with a preference to those in the field of Medical Microbiology.

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School of Molecular Biosciences Development Fund

Donations made to the general fund will help support the areas of greatest need as determined by the school’s director. Funds have been used to support travel to meetings, seminar speakers, the annual school retreat, and more.

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James L. Seabrandt Memorial Graduate Fellowship in Environmental Microbiology

This graduate fellowship was established in 1998 in memory of James L. Seabrandt by his wife, Bernadine Flufs Seabrandt.  Both Jim and Beradine are graduates of the Department of Bacteriology and Public Health, which changed to the Department of Microbiology and is now the School of Molecular Biosciences, at the then Washington State College (WSC).

Awarded to a Graduate Student pursuing a degree in environmental microbiology with preference to U.S. citizen.

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Smerdon/Reeves Chromatin-DNA Repair Lecture Fund

The distributions from this fund shall be used to fund a biennial lectureship, the focus of which is concordant with the research areas pioneered by Drs. Smerdon and Reeves.

More information about the lecture fund can be found here.

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School of Molecular Biosciences Fast-Track to PhD(STARS)

Stars students are exceptional students who will be the future leaders in biomedical and other areas of research.

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To make a gift by mail:

Please make check payable to the WSU Foundation and send to:

Anna Wheatley
PO Box 647010
Washington State University
Pullman, WA 99164-7010

For questions about giving, contact:
Anna Wheatley, Assistant Director of Development
509-335-5389 or