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Thank You for Your Support

You play a vital role in providing support that enriches student experience at the School of Biological Science at the University of Utah. Giving opportunities are available at all levels and can be directed to a number of bio-initiatives. Gifts in any amount are gratefully received.

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A Deep Commitment to U Biology

. . . Through a Legacy Gift

The Şekercioğlus

My wife Tanya Williams and I are happy to be able to provide a planned gift to the School of Biological Sciences at the University of Utah. We moved to Utah in 2010 to establish my Biodiversity and Conservation Ecology laboratory.  I am thankful for the research, teaching and service opportunities provided to me by the University of Utah’s School of Biological Sciences, and Tanya is grateful to be able to serve her patients at the U’s School of Medicine.

Our work has benefited greatly from the generosity, resources and collegiality provided by the U, its faculty, alumni and other benefactors. This support has enabled me to study, conserve and teach about the world's endangered biodiversity and helped Tanya provide healthcare to some of the underserved populations in this beautiful state.

We hope to “pay it forward” by providing a modest legacy gift for SBS. Planned gifts of this kind will help SBS continue to attract and support the best PhD students in biodiversity research, conservation biology, environmental science, ornithology and wildlife ecology during this time of rapid and devastating global change that requires all hands on deck.

We hope you will join us in making a legacy gift to the School of Biological Sciences.

~Çağan H. Şekercioğlu, PhD and Tanya M. Williams, MD

More About Legacy Gifts

Legacy Giving

For many alumni, parents, and friends, Legacy Gifts offer creative and flexible strategies that cost nothing now and enable you to support the programs that matter most to you. At the same time, they may also enable you to make more significant support than you thought possible while at the same time allowing you to achieve your financial, philanthropic, and real estate planning goals. A Legacy Gift can be as simple as including a bequest provision in your will or trust or naming U Biology as a beneficiary of your life insurance policy or retirement plan. Options are available that can pay income to you during your lifetime or pass assets to your heirs with little or no tax penalty. Regardless of its size, your gift will make a difference in the lives of students and faculty at the School of Biological Sciences. For more information, please visit or contact the Legacy Giving team at 801-581-6824 or

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We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.

~Winston Churchill

Become a Crimson Laureate Society Member

Your cumulative gift of $50 or more to the School of Biological Sciences in any one calendar year will grant you full membership in the Crimson Laureate Society, while your contribution will serve to fortify the future of biology education and research at the University of Utah.

Your membership level for the current year is based on your total contributions to any program, fund, department, school or center within the College of Science.

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Become a Crimson Legacy Society Member

The Crimson Legacy Society is a College of Science group for individuals who give to SBS at the $50,000 or more level, including through planned/estate giving.

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Society Benefits

To recognize the importance of your participation, all Crimson Laureate Society and Crimson Legacy Society members are entitled to many exclusive benefits:

  • VIP invitations and seating at featured events
  • Recognition on the College Hall of Fame donor wall and website
  • Opportunities to engage with our talented and accomplished faculty
  • Recognition in the Notebook and Our DNA magazines
  • Venues for networking with alumni and friends
  • Special tokens of appreciation based on your membership level (see below)
  • Other special, members-only events and special acknowledgments and rewards for returning members.

Tokens of Appreciation

Crimson Laureate Society members who contribute at higher levels during their membership year are recognized with additional benefits and tokens of appreciation.

Crimson Legacy Society members support SBS through legacy gifts. They receive all tokens.

Century Club
$100 to $249
Window cling and magnet
Collegiate Club
$250 to $499
Lapel pin
Dean’s Club
$500 to $1,499
License plate frame
Dean’s Circle
$1,500 to $2,499
Desk Organizer
President’s Club
$2,500 to $9,999
All tokens of appreciation University recognition
President’s Circle
$10,000 or more
All tokens of appreciation University recognition