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Giving

Research

The UMMZ’s research mission is enhanced by investments and gifts made by our friends and colleagues worldwide. These funds are put to good use, especially in training the next generation of leaders in biodiversity science. See, for example, Assistant Professor and Curator Alison Davis Rabosky’s research on coral snake mimicry in the Peruvian Amazon as highlighted here.

Undergraduate Student Support

Undergraduate engagement in biodiversity collection development and research is a vital part of the UMMZ’s educational mission. Participants get training in the knowledge, skills and operational competencies
required for research museum function and in research
methods for the study of biodiversity.

Working and conducting research in our research collections exposes our students to the sheer diversity of life on earth – thousands of species of birds, snakes, fishes etc. (including extinct taxa) collected from all around the world – that can only be experienced in museums.

Indeed, a number of leading biodiversity researchers have attributed their career choice to formative undergraduate experiences in university natural history research collections. Your support will enable undergraduates interested in animal biodiversity to have a fully immersive research museum experience.

Graduate Student Support

The UMMZ is justifiably proud of its track record of attracting and training excellent graduate students who are encouraged to initiate and develop their own research programs. Our students are competitive for Fellowships, Research Awards, and Best Student Presentations. The UMMZ has a global frame of reference and a large fraction of its research and collection efforts are directed toward geographically distant faunas.  Success in research for many of our graduate students is predicated on being able to spend weeks-to-months in the field, becoming familiar with their study organisms, setting up long term experiments and sampling voucher material for detailed analyses back in the laboratory and for deposition in the UMMZ’s collections. Your support can be of great practical assistance in facilitating world-class biodiversity research by our graduate students, enabling them to successfully travel to remote study sites, perform detailed experiments and enrich our collections.

GIVING

The UMMZ has a number of endowments and gift accounts. Contributions to these support taxon-specific research by our curators, graduate student projects, collections development, and annual lectureships. 

Gift and Endowment Accounts

Strategic Fund

Museum of Zoology Strategic Fund - 322115

Gifts to our Strategic Fund are helpful in addressing emergent issues and opportunities for the UMMZ and its museum program. These funds are used for providing seed money for pilot projects by faculty-curators, purchasing new equipment to enhance our educational and research activities and funding travel to professional meetings for students and collection managers.

Birds

Research Gift- Bird Division – 325605

Donations support pilot projects by faculty-curators, student research, equipment to enhance educational and research activities and travel to professional meetings in the UMMZ Bird Division.

Fishes

Research Gift - Fish Division – 325604

Donations support pilot projects by faculty-curators, student research, equipment to enhance educational and research activities and travel to professional meetings in the UMMZ Fish Division.

Insects

Research Gift - Insect Division – 325602

Donations support pilot projects by faculty-curators, student research, equipment to enhance educational and research activities and travel to professional meetings in the UMMZ Insect Division.

Mammals

Research Gift - Mammal Division – 325601

Donations support pilot projects by faculty-curators, student research, equipment to enhance educational and research activities and travel to professional meetings in the UMMZ Mammal Division.

Dr. Phil Myers Endowed Award for Field Research Fund - 798958

Awards to graduate students conducting field or collection-based research associated with Museum of Zoology or Biological Station, with preference given to students studying mammals.

Mollusks

Research Gift - Mollusk Division – 325615

Donations support pilot projects by faculty-curators, student research, equipment to enhance educational and research activities and travel to professional meetings in the UMMZ Mollusk Division.

Reptiles & Amphibians

Research Gift - Herpetology Division – 325603

Donations support pilot projects by faculty-curators, student research, equipment to enhance educational and research activities and travel to professional meetings in the UMMZ Division of Reptiles and Amphibians.

Additional Endowment Accounts

MUSEUM of ZOOLOGY - Endowment Accounts

(SHORT CODE / TITLE / PURPOSE)

Please use this form to contribute to our other endowments as described below.                                                                                                                                              

Bird Division Accounts

319740 Fargo, W.G. - Birds
    Funds support activities of the UMMZ Bird Division 

363950 Swales, M. R. - Research
    Funds support Bird Division research through the acquisition of material or through the provision of scholarships.

329173 Storer, R. W. Fund BIRDS
    Funds support acquisition, preparation, maintenance, or research related to the UMMZ Bird Division Collections.

321367 Jean Wright Cohn Endowment
    To support the activities of the Museum of Zoology Bird Division.

 

Fish Division Accounts

303117 Hubbs, Carl L & Laura C. Fellowship
    Fellowship for currently enrolled or accepted Ph.D. grad student (renewable upon satisfactory progress toward Ph.D. completion).  Tuition funds not used can be used toward Fish Division graduate student support.

367285 Miller, Robert R. and Frances H. Endowment for Graduate Student
    Research in Ichthyology Graduate Student Research in Ichthyology

308850 UMMZ Ichthyology grad student support
    Research, travel, other support (including salary supplements) to graduate students in ichthyology.

 

Herpetology Division Accounts

366310 Walker, C. F.
    Supports graduate students doing field research in Herpetology.

 

Insect Division Accounts

301084 Ammerman, Frank E. Museum of Zoology Research Fund
    To support research/research collections in the Insect Division. 

315404 Hubbell, Theodore H.  Endowment for Systematic Research in Orthoptera Fund
    The fund supports systematic research of Orthoptera, maintenance and acquisitions of new specimens, field work, visiting scientists/associates who use the Orthoptera collection for research, and publications on the systematics of Orthoptera.

 

Mammal Division Accounts

328003 Storer, R. W. Fund--MAMMALS
    Funds support acquisition, preparation, maintenance, or research related to the UMMZ Mammal Division Collections.

325320 Phil Myers Endowment
    Awards to graduate students conducting field or collection-based research associated with Museum of Zoology or Biological Station, with preference given to students studying mammals.

 

Mollusk Division Accounts

319760 Fargo, W.G. --Mollusk
    Funds support activities of the UMMZ Mollusk Division

 

Museum Wide Initiatives

322710 Gaige, Frederick M. Research Fund
    Funds shall be used by the Director of Museum of Zoology for promotion or publication of research in the museum.

326810 Hartweg, Norman E Memorial
    Annual seminar in systematic and evolutionary biology called The Norman E. Hartweg Memorial Lecture in Tropical Biology

327800 Hinsdale, Edwin C. Scholarship
    Scholarships for graduate students who are in an advanced stage of work ( i.e. who have achieved candidacy) within the Museum of Zoology.

362281 Tinkle, D. W. Memorial Scholarship
    Scholarships for graduate students who have achieved candidacy in Ecology & Evolutionary Biology.

369950 Walker, E. C. Scholarship
    Scholarships for graduate students who have achieved candidacy.

305989 Hubbel, T. H. Memorial Lectureship
    Funds for an annual lectureship as part of Museum of Zoology Seminar Series.

344850 Research--UMMZ
    Interest to be used for UMMZ research activities.  

322738 Storer, Robert W--Fund
    Funds to sponsor a lectureship relating to evolutionary biology as recommended by UMMZ faculty curators.

344750 Robert Rush Miller Museum of Zoology Publication Fund
    Publication expenses for UMMZ publications.