Giving to the GSBS
At MD Anderson UTHealth Houston Graduate School, we are leaders in training biomedical scientists and advancing discoveries that prevent disease and improve health. Strengthened by our partnership with the nation’s leading cancer hospital, our academic environment is home to world-class faculty—including Nobel laureates and visionaries—and exceptional students who follow in their footsteps.
Your support can expand our educational programs and advance critical discovery science and translational research. Whether assisting students as they pursue their educational goals, funding promising research projects, or providing flexible resources, your generosity can contribute to longer, healthier lives and bridge the gap between science and medicine.
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Graduate School receives $10.5 million gift
Just as he has changed the lives of people suffering from a devastating genetic disease, molecular endocrinologist John J. Kopchick, Ph.D., and his wife, Charlene, of Athens, Ohio, are paving the way for future scientists to do the same with a transformative $10.5 million gift to The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center UTHealth Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences. Learn more about the Kopchicks and their gift here.
To spur future breakthroughs, the Kopchicks’ gift will fund up to 15 student fellowships at the MD Anderson UTHealth Graduate School, where John Kopchick received his Ph.D. in 1980 and launched an illustrious career. The fellowships will accelerate the school’s continued success in educating medical trailblazers.
“My success is dependent on something special, and that something special was my education at the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences. It is nice to give something back,” said John Kopchick, who received the Rosalie B. Hite Fellowship during his time at the MD Anderson UTHealth Graduate School.
Charlene Kopchick, assistant dean of students for campus involvement at Ohio University, is equally passionate about student education. She and her husband are the first in their respective families to go to college.
“There is a statement about giving forward and for me that is important. Had John not gotten scholarships to come here, we wouldn’t be where we are,” said Charlene, adding that the fellowships will help students who are in need of financial assistance to achieve their dream of a graduate medical school education.
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Russell and Diana Hawkins Family Foundation Discovery Fellowship in Neurodegenerative Disease
These fellowships are funded through a generous gift of $260,000 gift over five years from Russell and Diana Hawkins, the largest individual benefactors to GSBS, to date. The Hawkins’ Discovery Fellowships support biomarker research for its first emerging area. Research by Hawkins Discovery Fellows generates new data and breakthroughs that better position the teams’ research to be highly competitive for significant new National Institutes of Health and other extramural funding.
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