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Impact Stories: One Gift Can Change Everything

Philanthropic investment can completely transform the heights students, faculty and researchers can reach. A gift can fulfill aspirations, empower talent and bring immense change to our university and our world. Explore our stories below to see the impact a single gift can create.

Gift from Alumnus Bill Lee Supports Rising Researchers in Physical Sciences

It was an undergraduate research experience that inspired UC San Diego alumnus Bill Lee, Ph.D. ’82, to go to graduate school and pursue a career in science. Now, he is creating opportunities for the next


Alumnus and Qualcomm Co-Founder Franklin Antonio Gives $30 Million to UC San Diego

University of California San Diego alumnus and Qualcomm co-founder Franklin Antonio is donating $30 million to the university in support of programmatic expansion of the UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering. In recognition of


Pioneering Physiologist Establishes Endowed Chair at UC San Diego School of Medicine

Physiologist John B. West, MD, PhD, can claim many firsts during his career at the University of California San Diego. He was one of the first faculty members hired at the School of Medicine, in


Strauss Family Gives UC San Diego $1 Million to Help Develop a Cancer Vaccine

Iris and Matthew Strauss hold a great deal of respect for the doctors at Moores Cancer Center at UC San Diego Health. When their daughter’s cancer reappeared, it was the first place they turned for