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 Department of Biochemistry: Gift Accounts


We thank you for considering a gift to the Department of Biochemistry. Donations provide critical resources that support students and enhance the intellectual atmosphere of the department. This page lists opportunities for giving and high priority areas, but if there are special areas that you would like to support please contact the Head of Biochemistry or the University Development Office.

How to Make a Gift

Please make checks payable to Purdue University and send along with a letter stating the intent of the donation (designated account, see below). This can also be noted on the check memo line.

Mail To:

Business Office
Department of Biochemistry
175 South University St.
West Lafayette, IN 47907-2063

Department Head
Clint Chapple

For online giving, please visit University Development:

Priority Areas

Arnold Kent Balls Award
This award was established in 1969 to honor the memory of Professor A.K. Balls (1891-1966) whose scientific achievements and personal virtues have made biochemistry a richer discipline. The award is given annually to a graduate student in biochemistry approaching completion of their predoctoral program who exhibits unusual potential for significant contributions to biochemical research. The purpose of the award is to foster among graduate students the spirit of scholarliness, research, and intellectual curiosity, which was so well exemplified by the many contributions of Professor Balls. 

The Edwin T. Mertz Memorial Scholarship
Established in 2001 in memory of Dr. Edwin T. Mertz, professor of biochemistry from 1946-1976. The endowment supports one or more annual scholarships for undergraduates majoring in Biochemistry in the College of Agriculture based on academic merit.

Ray W. Fuller Memorial Scholarship in Biochemistry
Established in 2007 by Biochemistry alumnus David Schroeder (B.S. 1962, M.S. 1966, Ph.D. 1968) in honor of graduate alumnus Ray Fuller (Ph.D. 1961) for his many contributions to science and education, the endowment supports one or more annual scholarships for undergraduates majoring in Biochemistry in the College of Agriculture based on academic merit.

Undergraduate Research Support
Established in 2006 to support independent undergraduate research projects mentored by faculty members. Our goal is to support creative student-led research and provide flexibility to pursue projects outside the scope of a faculty member’s funded research programs.

Purdue Research Foundation (PRF) Account
This flexible departmental account supports a wide range of departmental needs including the undergraduate Biochemistry Club, student and faculty recruiting, the department seminar series and outreach programs.
*Checks for this account must be made payable to Purdue Research Foundation.

Other Endowed Accounts

Dr. Henry Moses Endowment for Biochemistry
Established in 2008 by Biochemistry alumnus Bradley T. Sheares (Ph.D. 1982) in honor of Henry Moses, also a Biochemistry alumnus (Ph.D. 1964), who served as a mentor and professor while Brad was an undergraduate student at Fisk University.  The endowment provides awards to Biochemistry graduate students to recognize outstanding initial publications.

Bernard Axelrod Lectureship
Established in 1984 in honor of Dr. Bernard Axelrod, former professor and department head of Biochemistry, for his leadership and contributions. The endowment supports an annual lectureship to address the life science community on a topic at the cutting edge of biochemical research.

Patrick C. Matchette Scholarship in Biochemistry
Established in 2000 to support undergraduates from Lake, Cook, DuPage, McHenry, Kane or Will counties in Illinois majoring in Biochemistry in the College of Agriculture at Purdue.

Bird Stair Endowment Fellowship
Established in 1996 to provide scholarships for deserving graduate students.

Beach Biochemistry Lectureship and Fellowship
Established in 1990 by the Beach family as a tribute to their enthusiasm for science. This fund supports a distinguished annual lectureship and, if sufficient income is available, also supports graduate student attendance at scientific meetings.