A new anonymous gift of $1 million will allow students in UMass Boston’s biology graduate programs to achieve their research goals. This gift will launch the new Biology Graduate Research Endowment, which will support stipends for graduate students, travel to conferences, and graduate research projects for years to come. The gift was announced this week.
The Biology Department currently has more than 80 graduate students, with plans to recruit more students to the program in the future. As the department grows, department chair Rick Kesseli hopes to be able to provide even better support for graduate research.
“It’s a full-time job to be a PhD student. Publishing original, independent research and making connections at conferences are both essential to launching a career in research, the biotech industry or in academia,” Kesseli says.
UMass Boston’s graduate biology students have received numerous awards in recent years, including prestigious EPA fellowships, funds from the National Geographic Society, and others.
“It’s the students who will benefit from this generous gift,” says Andrew Grosovsky, dean of the College of Science and Mathematics. “We have a diverse student body, and this endowment will allow them to prepare for successful careers in STEM.”
This latest gift follows a $1 million gift last year from Sanofi to support graduate student fellowships. It also supports the CSM Student Success Program, which provides academic guidance to undergraduates majoring in STEM fields, as well as National Science Foundation Research Experience for Undergraduate (REU) awards and National Institute for Health, Initiative to Maximize Development (IMSD) awards, all of which support undergraduate research and success.