The Department of Chemistry at The University of Texas at Austin is currently ranked 12th among the best chemistry programs in the country according to US News & World Report. The generous support of individual and corporate donors has played a significant role in helping us achieve this stature and accomplish our mission of excellence in education and research. Our students receive a top tier education to prepare them for future employment and leadership in all areas of the chemical sciences. The research conducted in our department has an impact throughout Texas, the nation, and the world. We seek to establish this department as one of the top five in the country. Continuing support from alumni and friends will be critical to our success as we advance toward this goal.
The Department of Chemistry must be able to compete nationally with peer institutions, which are becoming increasingly aggressive in their pursuit of our faculty. The availability of adequate endowments for professorships, chairs, and excellence funds is critical to our success in this effort. Although we have a number of such endowments, more are needed if we are to expand and retain our exceptional faculty.
At more than 38:1, the department’s student/faculty ratio exceeds the University’s overall ratio of 20:1, making it one of the highest at UT. We must reduce this ratio so we can better educate our students, strengthen current research programs, and develop new initiatives in emerging areas of chemistry.
The department has established an endowment target of $5 million to provide discretionary funds for use by the chair to respond quickly to urgent, unanticipated needs. These monies will also support a variety of important programmatic activities such as seminars, symposiums, graduate student recruitment, and other activities that are not funded by the University. The Larry R. Faulkner Endowed Chair in Chemistry has been created and named in honor of our department alumnus and former president. Contributions to support the department may be made to this endowment or to other discretionary departmental funds.
The Mallet Chemistry Library has long been one of the most comprehensive chemistry libraries in the U.S., and provides essential chemical information resources and expert support to students and scientists across many disciplines at UT Austin. The University Libraries actively seek new endowments, and donations to existing endowments (the Aubrey Skinner Chemistry Library Endowment and the James and Ruth Ann Boggs Endowment Fund), to help us meet new and evolving chemical information needs in all formats.
Undergraduate scholarships enable students to devote more time to their studies and participate in research activities that help prepare them for productive careers as leaders in academia, medicine, and industry. You may help our undergraduates in several ways. For example, you may make a contribution as a one-time gift, or you may create an endowed scholarship.
Competition with other graduate programs is fierce, with many of our peer institutions providing lucrative, multi-year financial packages and fellowships for prospective students. Graduate fellowships play a key role in attracting the best students in the country to our department, and in order for us to be competitive, we must be able to offer the same recruiting incentives. You can help us by making contributions to graduate student fellowships or you may create a new endowed fellowship.
How to Give
The College of Natural Sciences has helpful information about various methods for giving to the Department of Chemistry. You may choose from outright or planned gifts, endowments, excellence funds, and other options. Every gift is significant and appreciated.
You may donate online through the University of Texas at Austin’s Development Office secure website. For your convenience, you may direct your gift to any of our established endowments by specifying “other” and listing the name of the endowment. Click here to learn more about the extensive benefits of endowed gifts. You may also choose to make a contribution to the Department of Chemistry and designate how you wish your gift to be used.
If you are interested in establishing a new endowment, or have questions about development for the Department of Chemistry, please contact:
Associate Director of Development, College of Natural Sciences
Chief External Relations Officer, College of Natural Sciences