Double the Impact of Your Gift to Biological Sciences

If you want to provide support for the next generation of students at UC San Diego Division of Biological Sciences, be sure to make your gift by the end of the year. A generous donor has committed to match gifts made to the Division of Biological Sciences up to $10,000.

Your gift can help us surpass $10,000 and provide support for student enrichment education, training opportunities and scholarships like enhancing our Eureka! Scholarship Awards Program.

Every donation counts, especially when it gets matched!

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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 program in the nation (National Research Council)

8th Biology program in the nation (U.S. News & World Report’s global rankings)

33,000 alumni, including three Nobel laureates

13th in the world for life and agricultural sciences (Academic Ranking of World Universities)

Biological Sciences Giving Priorities

McGinnis Endowed Scholarship Focuses on Military Veterans

Prior to embarking on an accomplished career as a scientist, professor, mentor and academic leader, William McGinnis, who recently stepped down after five years as dean of UC San Diego’s Division of Biological Sciences, served in the United States military during the Vietnam War. In recognition of his service to our nation and to academia, the Division of Biological Sciences is establishing the William J. McGinnis Endowed Undergraduate Scholarship in Biological Sciences. The new scholarship will provide financial resources to undergraduate students in Biological Sciences their junior and/or senior year who meet the general scholarship criteria [PDF] , with a preference to military veterans.

As dean, McGinnis oversaw unprecedented growth in the Division of Biological Sciences and specifically in the recruitment of stellar faculty members. As the first member of his family to attend college, he is familiar with the challenges facing students without adequate support and has become recognized as a passionate advocate for undergraduate success.

Note: The Division of Biological Sciences will provide one-to-one matching on the first $50,000 raised by February 28, 2019.

Give to the William J. McGinnis Endowed Undergraduate Scholarship in Biological Sciences

For information on UC San Diego Foundation’s endowment terms please click here.

Student Support and Success

Research scholarships and fellowships enrich the student experience, nourish the pipeline of scientific leadership and play a critical role in advancing faculty discoveries. Your philanthropy can serve as the catalyst for experiential learning and bold research endeavors, enabling students to pursue their passions and make a difference in our world. 

Enhancing Our Campus Community

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.

Give to the Paul D. Saltman Endowed Chair in Science Education

Sparking Research and Innovation

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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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