Fundraising initiatives and outcomes


Each year the MCB department determines our priorities for initiatives that support our guiding principles emphasizing Community - Inclusion - Opportunity - Development which reinforce what’s in our DNA: Curiosity Driven Basic Research, Education, Training and a Commitment to Public Service. Below please find a list of our past student and community focused fundraising initiatives which were made possible through the generous support of donations from our community. 


2023-24 Fundraising Initiatives

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  • Expand access to research opportunities for MCB undergraduate students. 
    An ongoing priority is to expand the number of research experiences we provide to our undergraduate students. We will continue to develop innovative programing that enables more students to benefit from undertaking mentored research in MCB labs.   
  • Provide community building events to promote wellbeing and inclusivity for all.
    MCB is committed to improving wellbeing and inclusivity by sponsoring community building events. The goal is to bring our community together to make connections that foster diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging.   
  • Support professional development opportunities for the MCB community.
    As a department we recognize the importance of preparing our trainees for future success in their careers. We aim to provide professional development opportunities to students and postdocs including training, skill development, career path exploration, and networking events.   

2022-23 Fundraising Initiatives

RPRP Fall 2023 symposium students

  • Expand access to research opportunities for MCB undergraduate students (learn more)
  • Provide community building events to promote wellbeing and inclusivity for postdocs, students, and junior research staff (learn more
  • Launch a program for undergraduate students to explore groundbreaking discoveries in molecular and cell biology in a supportive environment mentored by graduate students. (learn more)

2021-22 Fundraising Initiatives

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  • Expand access to invaluable research opportunities for early career undergraduate students (learn more)
  • Continue to support diversity, equity and inclusion for all members of our community (learn more
  • Provide professional development opportunities and community building for our postdocs (learn more)

2020-21 Fundraising Initiatives

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  • Resilience training for our students to increase wellness and vitality in the lab (learn more
  • Building a safe, inclusive and belonging culture through programs like inclusive MCB (learn more)
  • Expanding undergraduate training opportunities through our new summer research program

2019-20 Fundraising Initiatives

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  • Promoting inclusivity (learn more)
  • Modernizing teaching labs (replaced computers in upper division MCB teaching labs)
  • Expanding career development

Senior Gift Campaign

Image Credits (top to bottom): Lindsey Pfeiffer, Ross Peterson, Noah Berger, Kirsten Mickelwait