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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!

Michael D. Griswold Fellowship in Reproductive Biology

In 1976, Dr. Griswold joined Washington State University, where he has had a long and productive career studying male reproductive biology, particularly in the function of Sertoli cells in spermatogenesis.  While at WSU, Dr. Griswold has received the Edward R. Meyer Professorship in Sciences, been Director of the School of Molecular Biosciencesa and Dean of the College of Sciences.  Few scientists have had such an impact on the field of male reproductive biology as a visionary researcher, mentor, and administrator. His mentorship is to be admired, and the respect students show him is to be envied.

Funds provide fellowship stipends to one or more students within MBioS who are studying Reproductive Biology.

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Elizabeth R. Hall Endowment Scholarship

The Elizabeth Hall Scholarship is a way for alumni and friends to make meaningful contributions to Microbiology education at WSU's School of Molecular Bioscience.

The Elizabeth Hall Scholarship was established in 1972 by many friends, colleagues, and former students to honor Dr. Elizabeth Hall (1914-2001), a member of the WSU faculty from 1944 to 1976. Dr. Hall was a researcher and instructor in bacteriology and public health for 32 years. She was a noted teacher and received the Carski Foundation Distinguished Teaching Award from the American Society of Microbiology in 1976.

  • Certified major in microbiology
  • Potential for a successful career in a medical aspect of microbiology

Scholarship Recipients: Adriana Lippy (2010), Andrea Bonner (2010), Lon Kwan Lam (2010), Bhim Thapa (2011), Kyle Nelson (2011), Marie Smith (2011), Van Nguyen (2011), Abigail Moody (2012), Bhim Thapa (2012), Cristal Reyna (2012), Marie Smith (2012), Sam McInally (2013), Anjelica Ludwig (2013), Alicia Ocasio (2013), Kari Mitchell (2014), Homa Shaarbaf (2014), Preston Dehan (2014), Nathan Cherzan (2014), Manik Malla (2014), James Bonner (2014), Scott Blaine (2014), Floricel Gonzalez (2015), Jenna Gregory (2015), Jaslyn Erickson (2015), Zachary Taylor (2016), Kayla Keppler (2016), Tenzin Lama (2016), Grace Carrell (2017), Jeanie O'Donnell (2018), Darby Fox (2019, Alyssa Eliopulos (2019), Courtney Klappenbach (2019), Madilyn Barrett (2020), Anna Elder (2020) 

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Walter L. & Pauline W. Harris Microbiology Endowment Fund

This scholarship was created in recognition of Walter and Pauline Harris, both graduates of the Department of Bacteriology and Public Health. Walter received a Master’s degree in 1949 and Pauline received a bachelor’s degree in 1947. Pauline died in 2008.

  • Certified major in microbiology
  • Junior or Senior standing

Scholarship Recipients: Erin Feller (2010), Elizabeth Laws (2011), Mayumi Holly (2012), Kari Mitchell (2013), Joseph Lawhead (2013), Samantha McInally (2014), James Volz (2014), Athena Lemon (2014), Jesse Nelson (2016), Jaslyn Erikson (2016), Janey Beumeler (2016), Jesse Nelson (2015), James Volz (2015), Nathan Cherzan (2015), Grace Carrell (2016), Keesha Matz (2017), Zach Taylor (2017), Hayley Masterson (2017), Abbigail Kuck (2017), Estifanos Kassa (2017), Rory Nordquist (2017), Janey Beumeler (2017), Nicholas Hanson (2018), Chris Taylor (2018), Michael Knight (2018), Marissa Watanabe (2018), Melissa Gallardo (2018), Evan Currin (2019), Allie Donnell (2019), Kelly Kennedy (2019), Andrew Stewart (2019), Sofia Galindo (2020), Joseph Peterson (2020)

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Charles Glen King Fellowship & Lectureship in Biochemistry

Dr. Charles Glen King was awarded a B.S. Chemistry in 1918 from Washington State College. He was honored in 1964 as being recognized as the first to isolate pure crystals of Vitamin C. A leading authority on nutrition, he also identified Vitamin C as the anti-scurvy substance in citrus fruit, enrichment of wheat flour with B vitamins and iron, did distinguished research on obesity, and training of numerous outstanding scientists.  A professor at the University of Pittsburgh and Columbia University, he also served as executive director and president of National Nutrition Foundation and was a member of the National Academy of Science and received numerous awards in biochemistry and nutrition.

Awarded to Graduate Students in Biochemistry, with a preference to students working in nutrition and a special lectureship.

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Dr. Nancy Magnuson Immunology Scholarship

The distributions from this fund shall be used to award scholarships to female undergraduate or graduate students pursuing degrees in the immunology field with a focus on infectious disease research or understanding basic immunological mechanisms.

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Louis Mallavia Memorial Endowment in Microbiology

This endowment in memory of Dr. Louis Mallavia is established by friends, colleagues, and former students of his to remember and honor all that he did for the Department of Microbiology as its Chair for five years (1993-98) and as a faculty member, teacher and researcher for 33 years. He mentored more than 30 graduate students and postdoctoral researchers. He was cited by the College of Sciences for his role in undergraduate instruction and named 1998 Mortar Board Faculty Member of the Year.

Used for summer support for Microbiology Graduate Students (including travel, equipment, living expenses, research, etc.) and at the discretion of the Chair for the highest of priorities within the department.

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McFadden/Yount Undergraduate Scholarship in Biochemistry and Chemical Biology

Bruce McFadden and Ralph Yount established this scholarship in 2003 as a reflection of their research efforts and the development of biochemistry at Washington State University. As former chairs and professors in the in the Departments of Chemistry and Biochemistry they taught hundreds of students and wanted to support them through scholarships.

Scholarship Recipients: Brianna Stanley (2015), Kyle Romine (2015), Denali Kagel(2015), Mitchell Go (2015), Chase Teigen (2016), Celeste Lee (2016), Rachel Crowther (2016), Spencer Wheeler (2016), Chris Collins (2017), Steve Scott (2017), Mikayla Engstrom (2018), Karen Vo (2018), Blake Cohoe (2019, Natalie Sanchez (2019), Cassidy Peru (2019), Ony Chigozie (2019), Owen Canterbury (2019), Amanda Antoch (2019), Alexander Phung (2019), Nathan Michellys (2020), Owen Canterbury (2020), Megan Johnsen (2020), Brianna Lindgren (2020)

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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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Anna Wheatley
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Washington State University
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