Why Support Chemistry?

The Department of Chemistry deeply values the support it receives from the community. Your contributions help support our students with paid research positions and scholarships as well as fund travel to local and national conferences. Your support also helps grow our teaching, research and chemistry outreach programs, so we can continue to excel as a department. #BeTheDifference and give back today. A gift of any size counts, and every gift matters.

Department of Chemistry

Contributions help support student research, student and faculty travel to conferences, and other pressing department needs.

How can I donate?

  1. Visit the online donation form.
  2. Enter the amount you wish to give.
  3. Choose "Other Fund Designation" from the "Designation" drop-down menu and click "Add donation"
  4. Enter "Chemistry Department" into the "Provide details if other designation" field under "Gift Details"

Dr. Rajendra Rathore Fellowship Fund

Rajendra Rathore, Pfletschinger-Habermann Professor of Organic Chemistry at Marquette University, unexpectedly passed away on February 16, 2018, following a brief battle with respiratory disease. Dr. Rathore was a devoted husband and loving father to two daughters, and had a zeal for life that was embodied in his passion for his family, as well as for his science.

Professor Rathore received his M.Sc. in 1986 from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT)-Kanpur and earned his Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from the University of Western Ontario in London, Canada in 1990. He was a post-doctoral research associate (1992-1997) and a visiting assistant professor (1997-2000) at the University of Houston under the supervision of Dr. Jay K. Kochi. He joined the faculty at Marquette University in August 2000.

Dr. Rathore made key contributions to the areas of organic supramolecular and materials chemistry. He was particularly interested in the rational design and synthesis of novel electro-active molecules with applications in molecular recognition, photovoltaics, and molecular electronics. His recent work demonstrated that frontier molecular orbitals can be applied in the design and synthesis of novel electro-active species, akin to their well-known application in the rationalization of pericyclic reactions.

During Dr. Rathore’s incredibly distinguished career, he has published more than 150 articles in various respected journals, including Science, Journal of the American Chemical Society, and Angewandte Chemie. He has an h-index of 35, and his research papers have been cited more than 3,700 times. Dr. Rathore’s incredible passion for research and science will live on through the Raj Rathore Memorial Lecture and annual Raj Rathore Memorial Scholarship.

How can I donate?

Visit the fellowship fund page and donate online.

Dr. Elena Ivanova Memorial Fund

Dr. Elena Ivanova, a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Chemistry Department, passed away suddenly on March 29, 2015. Dr. Ivanova had taught general and organic chemistry in the department since 2010, and was well-loved and admired by all who knew her. Her passion for teaching and her care and concern for her students set her apart, and she will be sorely missed. A memorial fund to develop a scholarship in Dr. Ivanova’s name has been established.

How can I donate?

  1. Visit the online donation form.
  2. Enter the amount you wish to give.
  3. Choose "Other Fund Designation" from the "Designation" drop-down menu and click "Add donation"
  4. Enter "Dr. Elena Ivanova Memorial Fund" into the "Provide details if other designation" field under "Gift Details"