Privately given support from our friends and alumni allows the Department to enrich its programs in ways that are not possible with limited state support or research grants restricted to specific purposes. Privately given unrestricted support is what allows us to continue the excellence you have come to expect from our department. Your support, regardless of amount, can make a profound impact. It's easy to contribute - visit Give to KU: Medicinal Chemistry. Or you can contact our Development Director at the KU Endowment Association, Beth Bucklin, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 785-832-7477. She will be happy to answer your questions about our needs or help you set up a planned gift to the department.
On behalf of the Department of Medicinal Chemistry, I thank you for your investments in our students, faculty, and programs.
Robert P. Hanzlik, Ph.D.
Professor and Interim Chair
Medicinal Chemistry Department Fund
Private contributions really do make a difference to our program. Contributions to the Medicinal Chemistry Department Fund fill in where state funds either are not available or cannot be used. They allow us to react in a timely manner to special needs as they arise. These funds are especially helpful in the critical area of recruiting graduate students and supporting them with stipend, tuition, and fees during their first semester in the department. They also enrich our program by supporting external seminar speakers, and subsidizing travel expenses for the annual department-wide MIKIW meeting
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Smissman Memorial Fund
The Dr. Edward E. and Clarine F. Smissman Memorial Fund was established as a lasting tribute to the founding Chairman of the modern Department of Medicinal Chemistry at KU. The fund was initially established in 1976 with the primary purpose of perpetuating the Edward E. Smissman Memorial Lecture Series. Visit The Edward E. Smissman Memorial Lecture Series
for a complete list of past lecturers. By sponsoring lectures given by scientists of outstanding merit and achievement in chemistry and biology, it is hoped that the influence and tradition of Edward E. Smissman, a true pioneer in Medicinal Chemistry, will be preserved. The Edward E. Smissman Memorial Lecture Series is given in even years and alternates with the Mertes Memorial Lecture Series given in odd years (see below). Interest from the Smissman Memorial Fund endowment supports the biennial lecture series and contributes to other department activities throughout the year.
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Mertes Memorial Fund
The Mathias P. Mertes Memorial Fund was established by the University of Kansas Endowment Association with contributions from his family, friends, colleagues, students and co-workers to commemorate Matt's dedication to excellence in research and scholarship, and his steadfast devotion to students. As befits Matt's devotion to students, the fund supports a biennial lecture given by an outstanding scientist who is selected by the graduate students in the department. Visit The Mathias P. Mertes Memorial Lecture Series
for a complete list of lecturers. Medicinal Chemistry graduate students organize the entire program, which is given in odd years and alternates with the Edward E. Smissman Memorial Lecture Series (see above) in even years. Interest from the Mertes Memorial Fund endowment supports the biennial Mertes Lecture and contributes to other department activities throughout the year.
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Mitscher Prize for Excellence in Medicinal Chemistry
The Lester and Betty Mitscher Prize for Excellence in Medicinal Chemistry is given to an outstanding graduate student in the Department who has excelled in the various requirements for becoming a doctoral candidate in Medicinal Chemistry. The prize consists of an award of $2,500 and a framed certificate. It is normally presented during the student's fifth semester in the graduate program, after completion of the comprehensive oral exam for candidacy (previous recipients
). The prize is supported by the interest generated from the Mitscher Prize Fund endowment.
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Mitscher Faculty Fellowship Fund
The Lester A. Mitscher Faculty Fellowship in Medicinal Chemistry Fund is used to support the faculty of the Department of Medicinal Chemistry through one of two principal mechanisms as the need varies from year to year. Income from this fund may be used to support stipend scholarships for first year graduate students who are rotating through faculty research groups, or, when the need arises, income from the fund may be used to provide a fellowship to a current member of the Medicinal Chemistry Department faculty in recognition of service to the Medicinal Chemistry Department and research accomplishments in the field. The fellowship may be awarded to one individual for up to three consecutive years. The amount of the fellowships and recipients thereof shall be selected by a committee of the Medicinal Chemistry Department that includes the Chair of the Medicinal Chemistry Department with the approval of the Dean of the School of Pharmacy and with the approval of KU Endowment.
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Irsay-Dahle Memorial Fund
The Irsay-Dahle Award is named in memory of two graduates of the KU Department of Medicinal Chemistry, Dr. Robert Irsay (Ph.D. 1964) and Dr. Norman Dahle (Ph.D. 1965), both of whom studied under the late Edward E. Smissman. The award, consisting of $2,500 and a framed certificate, is given to a senior graduate student in recognition of his or her outstanding qualities and achievements in academics, research activities, and departmental citizenship in an overall sense. Interest from the Irsay-Dahle Memorial Fund endowment supports the annual Award and contributes to other department activities throughout the year. Visit Irsay-Dahle Awardees
for a list of previous winners.
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Lauver Medicinal Chemistry Fellowship
As explained on a plaque
outside the Medicinal Biochemistry Teaching Laboratory in the KU School of Pharmacy, Dr. Gregory L. Lauver and his wife Frances Lamont Lauver wanted to give back for the education in medicinal chemistry that Lauver received at KU prior to entering medical school. The Medicinal Chemistry Fellowship that they endowed is awarded to the Medicinal Chemistry graduate student deemed most outstanding after the first full year of graduate study in the department (list of awardees
). The awardee is selected by the faculty based on overall academic performance at the University of Kansas, the quality and quantity of research conducted to date, and departmental citizenship. Interest from the generous endowment given by the Lauvers provides for an annual award of $1,000 and a framed certificate given to the student, and $3,000 toward stipend, tuition and fees.
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Gunda Georg Fund
The Gunda Georg Fund was established by former KU Professor of Medicinal Chemistry Gunda Georg in 2001. The interest earned by the endowed fund is used for the fellowship support of graduate students in the KU Department of Medicinal Chemistry. The amounts of the awards and the recipients thereof are determined by a committee appointed by the Chair of the Department and approved by the KU Endowment Association.
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Donovan-Lang Medicinal Chemistry Fund
The Walter E. Donovan and Marilyn J. Lang Medicinal Chemistry Fund was established as a permanently endowed fund in 2018 by a generous gift from Walter E. Donovan and Medicinal Chemistry alumna Marilyn J. Lang. The Fund is used to support graduate students in the department by providing for expenses associated with recruiting, or through payment of stipends, tuition, fees, travel, and other research-related expenses. Expenditures from the Fund are made upon the recommendation of the Chair of the Department with the approval of KU Endowment. Marilyn J. Lang spent a summer as an undergraduate researcher working with Professor Matt Mertes in the KU Department of Medicinal Chemistry. She went on to study biochemistry and computer science at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign, where she met and married Walter E. Donovan, also a computer scientist specializing in computer graphics. They each went on to establish successful careers in the computer industry in Silicon Valley, but they also maintained their connection to the Medicinal Chemistry Department. In 2018 they made a very generous gift in support of the graduate program in Medicinal Chemistry at KU by establishing The Walter E. Donovan and Marilyn J. Lang Medicinal Chemistry Fund.
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