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Nonstop Discovery

In the Division of Biological Sciences, curiosity is in our DNA. Every day our faculty, staff and students spark breakthroughs to revolutionize science for the ill, food for the hungry and fuel for the Earth.

Our grand vision is to meet the challenges of our climate, conserve delicate ecosystems and help populations thrive. With your philanthropic support of the Division of Biological Sciences—which contributes to the Campaign for UC San Diego—we can unlock the promise of our people, programs and initiatives.

Opening doors to new eras in science means investing in opportunities for access, collaboration and nonstop discovery. Explore our giving priorities below and make a gift today.

Top 3 Biological Sciences doctorate programs in the nation ( National Research Council)

8 th in the nation, biology programs ( U.S. News & World Report global rankings)

6 th in the world in biomedical sciences (academic rankings, Nature Index)

33,000+ alumni, including three Nobel laureates

New England BioLabs Gift Helps Teaching Labs

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One of the advantages of a UC San Diego scientific education is the opportunity to access outstanding, sophisticated facilities. A recent gift of $120,000 from New England Biolabs® (NEB®) will strengthen hands-on instruction in the Division of Biological Sciences’ teaching labs, a resource vital for familiarizing students with the tasks and challenges of basic science.

NEB is a leader in the discovery and production of enzymes for molecular biology applications. Its commitment to UC San Diego reflects an interest in providing greater access to scientific education and hands-on learning experiences, helping students develop skills that will translate into greater employment options in today's dynamic biotechnology job market.

The gift will also enhance NEB's continuing partnership with faculty and graduate student labs, bringing industry scientists and university researchers together to explore uses and applications of their reagents. With this demonstrated commitment to our students and their experience, the Division applauds the start of a long-term, fruitful collaboration.

Biological Sciences Giving Priorities

Scholarships and fellowships catalyze the transformative power of education to change lives. Your gift empowers top students with financial need to build the skills, knowledge and expertise they need to change the world. Help us make learning accessible and affordable to those who aspire for more, no matter their circumstances. Please make your gift today and give students a future of possibility.

Our founders established an experimental campus, and the Division of Biological Sciences is at the very heart of that nontradition. Your support enables us to enrich opportunities for our scholars to develop as public science communicators, engage in hands-on ecological research in our region and more.

Make a Gift Toward Enhancing Our Campus Community

Kendall-Frost Marsh Reserve and Community Education Center
Paul D. Saltman Endowed Chair in Science Education

Our vision is to usher fundamental science into a new period of quantitative, collaborative research. To do this, we seek to fund people with potential; support emerging research from genetics to the microbiome; and communicate our work to the communities we serve, expanding science education, appreciation and engagement.

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Continue the nontradition

At the University of California San Diego, challenging convention is our most cherished tradition. The Campaign for UC San Diego is a university-wide comprehensive fundraising effort to transform the student experience, our campus, and ultimately the way humanity approaches problems and develops solutions. Learn more at


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