Students at the Department Retreat in 2016

Endowments & Funds

Donor support for the Department of Immunology underwrites research, provides enrichment programs for our students and trainees, and provides funding for speakers prominent in the field.  

The Department of Immunology welcomes your tax-deductible contribution to any of its important educational and research funds.  Donors are invited to attend departmental seminars and lectures.
To donate online go to this UW site

To donate by mail, please make your check payable to both the University of Washington and to the Department of Immunology, and indicate the fund preference on your check.  Send mail donations to:
University of Washington
Box 358059
Seattle, WA 98109-8059

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Fund for Excellence in Immunology

Sandra L. Clark Education Fund

Russell and Rae S. Weiser Endowed Lecture in Immunology Fund

Fund for Excellence in Immunology

The Fund for Excellence in Immunology supports educational and research activities within the Department of Immunology, at the discretion of the Chair. The overarching goal of the Department is to provide students, postdoctoral fellows and faculty with resources to develop new knowledge about the immune response, and to apply these discoveries to the development of new vaccines and therapies, to prevent and treat globally important infectious diseases, autoimmune disorders, allergic diseases, and cancer. 

These funds have been used to support student publications, registration and travel, so that students are able to present their research at national and international conferences; and also for small scholarship awards to students who present the best research posters at the annual retreat.

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Sandra L. Clark Immunology Education Fund

Sandra L. ClarkProfessor Edward Clark established this fund with the help of friends and colleagues in memory of his sister, Sandra L. Clark, who was infected with HIV-1 and died of AIDS in 1992 at age 34. Sandra was a nurse and strongly supported immunology education and research as a means to combat AIDS and other diseases of the immune system.

The purpose of this fund is to support activities that enhance the education of immunology graduate students including the Sandra L. Clark Endowed Lecture, which is given annually at the Department of Immunology Retreat in the fall.  Also, the Clark Immunology Education Fund provides an award for the outstanding graduate student poster at the Department Retreat. 

New this year is an Outstanding Immunology Graduate Student Award for educational purposes provided by the Sandra L. Clark Educaiton Fund for students active in the UW Immunology Program or MSTP/MCB/Pathobiology students in Immunology faculty labs.  One student will be selected per year for this award.  The award will consist of $4,500 to be applied toward the student's stipend, benefits, and tuition, as well as $500 augmented supplementation provided directly to the student.  A Certificate of Recognition will be presented to the student at the June lab rotation talks event.  A plaque will be generated for this award.  It will reflect the names of the annual award recipeints.  Nominations can be from either a faculty member or another student can nominate a student by submitting a letter of nomination/support describing the student's contributions to the lab and the Department of Immunology.  If the initial letter is from a student, a second letter of support should be obtained from a faculty member (not the mentor) and vice versa.  Faculty who are evaluating the nominations must recuse themselves if their own student is nominted.  Critiera to consider:  1) student must have passed the General Exam, 2) display outstanding citizenship, and 3) exhibit contributions to the lab and Department of Immunology.  Please send your letter(s) of nomination/support in one PDF file to Sandy Turner at by April 30, 2016.  The wiinner will be announced at the June 7th lab rotation talks.

The Fund also provides student travel bursaries for education purposes for students active in the UW Immunology Program.  More details are available on the Student Funding page.

Russell and Rae Weiser Endowed Lecture in Immunology Fund

Russell S. and Rae WeiserDr. Russell S. Weiser played a leading role in establishing immunology as an important discipline at the University of Washington.  The Russell and Rae Weiser Endowed Lecture in Immunology Fund was established in 1985, in gratitude to Dr. Weiser, and to honor his many contributions to science and the training of young scientists. 

The endowment supports the annual Weiser Lecture in Immunology.  Dr. Weiser envisioned that the lecturer would be chosen on the basis of outstanding merit and from among candidates contributing substantially to new and important advances in the immunology field.  Upon the establishment of this endowment, Dr. Weiser said, "I feel strongly about preserving funds given for lectureships, scholarships, chairs and research, because they are important for building great universities." 

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