Dear Friends:

Thank you for visiting our website. We hope you find the information here useful and will drop in often to keep abreast of what’s going on in the department and at GSU. We’d like to invite you to make a monetary contribution to the department if you can. We have a number of outstanding opportunities that could use your help. Your gift would be greatly appreciated and is hugely needed by the department. We also invite you to check out the electronic version of our annual newsletter. If you want a hardcopy and are not on our current mailing list, please send us your address. We thank our friends and alumni for their tremendous support over the years and hope that you will let us hear from you, or better yet, that you’ll stop in to see us the next time you’re in downtown Atlanta.  If you’d like to make a gift, please use the links at right. For web or mailed donations please be sure to check off Other and write in Chemistry or one of the programs below in the Designee section; via telephone at 1-877-GIV-2-GSU simply inform the Georgia State representative where you'd like your donation to go. Your check to the GSU Foundation can be earmarked for any of the following:

• Chemistry Department Endowment Operating Fund.  This fund supports our very successful seminar program which brings scholars from around the world to campus to give talks and meet with faculty and students. It also provides support for the Chemistry Awards program that recognizes students for excellence in our introductory chemistry laboratory courses as well as our best majors and our best graduate students. The fund gives the department flexibility in recruiting students and has been instrumental in strengthening the quality of our faculty and our nationally/internationally recognized research programs.

• David W. Boykin Graduate Fellowship in Medicinal Chemistry.  The Boykin Fellowship, named for our former Chair and current Regents Professor Emeritus, is given each year to a top Ph.D. student working in medicinal chemistry/drug synthesis. Former awardees include new Assistant Professor Dr. Donald Hamelberg, a Georgia Research Alliance Distinguished Cancer Scientist and one of the country’s brightest prospects in the area of computational chemistry. Currently the Boykin Fellowship is able to supplement Ph.D. stipends.

• Ambrose H. Pendergrast Fellowship.  Another of the department’s important graduate student fellowships is in honor of a long-time faculty member who taught, entertained and mentored countless students, many of whom went on to distinguished medical careers. Once fully endowed, the Pendergrast Fellowship will provide a stipend supplement to a Ph.D. student specializing in drug discovery, biochemistry, and related areas.

• Netzel Scholars.  A contribution to the Netzel Scholars Fund, which was named in honor of Professor Thomas Netzel, provides money for deserving undergraduate Chemistry and Biology majors who otherwise would not be able to take full advantage of the many opportunities offered to GSU science majors. The funds enable students to live in University housing just blocks from our downtown campus and devote themselves to full time study/work in their academic discipline. Previously, many of these hard-working students were compelled to work full time while also going to school full time. The Netzel Scholars program provides assistance while training students for careers in academia and/or industry.

• Eminent Scholar in Drug Discovery.  Professor Binghe Wang holds the post as Eminent Scholar in one of the department’s primary areas of focus—Drug Discovery. Contributions to this fund support Professor Wang’s crucial research.

Your support for any of these programs enriches the GSU community immensely. We are deeply grateful for your contributions and your continuing support.