The Department of Biology depends on the generous gifts of our friends, patrons, and alumni to ensure the margin of excellence we enjoy. Private gifts from generous donors help to sustain the Department’s mission of excellence in teaching, research, and service. Such gifts help to provide the best possible education for our undergraduate and graduate students, build a lively intellectual community, and support the cutting edge work of our faculty and researchers.

Online giving to the Department of Biology is easy and secure. Please choose where you would most like your generous gift to be used:

Unrestricted Fund

Gifts to this fund are used at the discretion of the Chair with the help of Associate Chairs and committees, and will be used to support initiatives, programs, events, and other instances that are not covered by state dollars.

Make an Unrestricted Gift

Jean DeSaix Excellence in Teaching Fund

This fund has been established to recognize one of our esteemed teaching colleagues and the students whose lives she has touched. The fund provides professional development awards for teaching faculty, as well as excellence awards to undergraduate and graduate students who support our teaching mission. Your generous gifts will contribute to these efforts, as well as to undergraduate research and interdisciplinary seed grants.

Give to the DeSaix Fund

Other Giving Opportunities

The Arts & Sciences Foundation also offers several other targeted giving opportunities within the Department of Biology.

This fund helps to support the Biology Graduate Student Association. The BGSA’s mission is to serve as a liaison between the graduate students, the Biology Department leadership, and the University administration to advocate for student interests, needs, and concerns, promote professional development, and maintain high academic integrity.

Give to the BGSA
This fund supports the Koeppe Undergraduate Research Symposium held in April of every year. Provides support when needed to allow for a reasonable amount of funds to prepare for the symposium.

Give to the Undergraduate Symposium
This fund, named in honor of Dr. Larry Gilbert, provides support to bring highly distinguished biologists to campus to present a seminar and to interact with our faculty, postdocs, and students.

Give to the Gilbert Fund
This fund provides opportunities to support undergraduate research in the form of research and travel stipends, or research supply allowances.

Give to the Lyerly Fund

For questions about creating scholarship and professorships, making stock or estate gifts, donating to specific programs, or suggestions on how you can support the Department of Biology, please contact:

Cassie Diltz
Associate Director of Development
The Arts and Sciences Foundation

Donate by Mail

You may also make a donation by check. Please make the check payable to Arts and Sciences Foundation, Inc with DEPARTMENT OF BIOLOGY – 101101 in the memo line and mail to:

Arts & Sciences Foundation
ATTN: Cassie Diltz
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Campus Box 3100
205 South Building
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3100

Honor Roll

The Department of Biology extends its sincere gratitude to the generous donors who support our students, faculty, and programs in the 2017-2018 fiscal year. The Honor Roll recognizes donors who made gifts to the department between July 1, 2017, and June 30, 2018 in the following divisions:

Gold Level

The Chancellor’s Circle recognizes gracious donors who support the Department with a gift from $10,000 to $24,999. These transformative gifts help bring innovative programs, ideas and more to our vibrant scientific research community.

Dr. Stephen G. Brantley, Tampa, Florida
Dr. David Maxwell Lyerly and Dr. Mary Denton Roberts, Radford, Virginia
Lyerly Foundation, Radford, Virginia

Silver Level

The Carolina Society acknowledges those who have given a gifts between $5,000 and $9,999 to the Department. These gifts help to provide students with scholarships, study abroad opportunities, and real-world experiences they need and that employers seek.

Dr. Ann Matthysse, Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Mr. Nirav Dinesh Kachalia and Ms. Juhi Nath Kachalia, Singapore
Dr. Paul Viser and Ms. Diane DiGisi Viser, Clinton, North Carolina
Viser Family Fund, Clinton, North Carolina

Bronze Level

The Bronze Level shows appreciation to donors who have provided the Department with a $1,000 to $4,999 gift. These gifts can help expand graduate student funding and help bring the best and brightest to the Department of Biology.

ImpactAssets, Inc., Bethesda, Maryland
Dr. Paul Gabrielson and Ms. Mary Love May, Hillsborough, North Carolina
Ms. Allison Ruth Northcutt, Raleigh, North Carolina
Mr. Matthew Seth Mendelsohn and Ms. Elizabeth Lynn Mitchell, Arlington, Virginia
Dr. Leon Otis Livingston, Memphis, Tennessee
Dr. Christopher Brent Mizelle, New Bern, North Carolina
Dr. Michael David Lauffenburger and Dr. Polly Johnson Lauffenburger, Winston Salem, North Carolina
Dr. Steven Jay Smiley and Ms. Shannon R. Smiley, Spartanburg, South Carolina
Mr. John Maxim Ferrari and Ms. Pamela Wolfe Ferrari, Ocean City, Maryland
Mr. Richard K. Johnson, Kenosha, Wisconsin
Ms. Melissa Price, Cockeysville, Maryland
Ms. Sherry Ward Gilbert, Washington DC
Ms. Hedda L. Goodman, Madison, Wisconsin
Dr. Lynn Elise Wesson, Hillsborough, North Carolina
Dr. Kara Kathleen Ward, Birmingham, Alabama
Dr. Douglas Gordon Alexander and Ms. Kathleen Davis Alexander, Chico, California
Mr. Aaron S. Katz and Dr. Beth Camille DeSavio, Greenville, South Carolina
Mr. Robert Bion Butler, Phoenix, Maryland
Dr. Shawn Robert Gilbert and Ms. Stacey Stephenson Gilbert, Mountain Brook, Alabama
Mr. Jonathon Daniel Jones and Ms. Erica Florio Jones, Cary, North Carolina
Dr. John Thomas Manning Jr., and Dr. Alessandra Ferrajoli, Houston, Texas

Why I Donate


Following in the footsteps of Dr. William Chambers Coker, Linda Anderson Bruton, ’63 came to Chapel Hill from Darlington, South Carolina to further study botany, agriculture, and the environment. After earning her master’s degree in biology and science education, Linda did research at the USDA’s Agricultural Research Service in the entomology division, studying insect behavior. She considers it a priority to foster and encourage women in the field of science, and believes that getting undergraduates into the lab will help build a strong foundation for future careers in the sciences.

Linda’s passion is demonstrated by her committed charitable giving to the department. She gives to ensure that our faculty and graduate students have the necessary resources to conduct and participate in cutting-edge research.