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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!

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)

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School of Molecular Biosciences Development Fund

Donations made to the School of Molecular Bioscience’s 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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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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Alice L. Diers Bacteriology Enrichment Fund

Alice (1911-2000) received her BS in 1931 from WSU in Bacteriology. Growing up on a Palouse wheat farm, Alice’s mother was determined to send her to college. Alice’s independent spirit served her well as she worked in pathological labs across the Northwest, including Alaska; where she met her husband William. Alice established this fund in 1983 to foster the quality of education and research within the microbiology degree program. 

  • Certified major in microbiology

Scholarship Recipients: Ryan Schindler (2010), Timothy Gay (2010), Elizabeth Laws (2011), Melody Fulton (2011), Nicole Clark (2013), Mary Vallejo (2013), Miles Linde (2014), Keesha Matz (2016)

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Microbiology Development Fund

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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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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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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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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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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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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

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