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Giving to the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

Contributions to the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering (ChBE) help create more educational and research opportunities for our students and faculty. The generous support of friends and donors allows ChBE to provide graduate awards to attract the best candidate, discretionary funds to support new faculty and graduate student research, and scholarships to increase college access and affordability. 

Your contribution can have an impact on a student today and far-reaching impacts for tomorrow.


These Department Priorities Need Your Support

Our most important need is for graduate fellowships. These will help us attract the best candidates into our highly productive Ph.D. program‚ and thus improve our chances of winning research funding and placing more of our Ph.D.s as professors in universities around the world.

Discretionary funds for professors have multiple effects. Discretionary funds to help new faculty set up their laboratories and quickly become productive teachers and researchers are vital. Discretionary funds will also allow our graduate students to participate in the most prestigious research conferences‚ often presenting their thesis work. Named professorships, even small ones, give specific faculty the flexibility to peruse new areas of research areas where funding opportunities exist, but only if the proof-of-concept experiments already have been done.

Scholarships bring more young people into our field. ChBE attracts some of the best undergraduates in the Clark School.  We are always in need of more scholarship funds to make sure these young scholars can maximize their educations.

The ChBE Travel Fund supports both undergraduate and graduate student travel expenses  to scientific conferences for the purpose of presenting their research and professional development. To give directly to this fund, please follow this link.


Choose the Giving Method That's Right for You

Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering Gift Fund
The Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering Fund supports student and faculty educational and research departmental needs.

AIChE Chem-E-Car Initiave
Chem-E Car is a student run organization that creates a model chemically-run car completely from scratch. Students participating in Chem-E Car develop key skills such as design, technical construction, working under pressure with a deadline, and public speaking. Financial donations help us offset the costs of materials, lab costs, and travel to the annual regional and national tournaments.

Patrick and Marguerite Sung Distinguished Professorship in Chemical Engineering and the Patrick and Marguerite Sung Professorship in Chemical Engineering
The Sung Professorships provide support that enables their recipients to grow their research groups, mentor more students, make new discoveries, and publish more results.

ChBE Travel Fund
The ChBE Travel Fund supports both undergraduate and graduate student travel expenses  to scientific conferences for the purpose of presenting their research and professional development.


Gifts may be made by check to "University of Maryland College Park Foundation (UMCPF)." Please designate "Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering" in the memo line. Checks can be mailed to:

Peter Kofinas
Professor and Chair
Department of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering
2113D Chemical and Nuclear Engineering Building
University of Maryland, College Park, MD   20742


You can also donate to the department through matching gifts, appreciated securities, real estate, annuities, estate planning, and more. Please visit the Clark School's Giving pages or contact our development staff to learn more.

You can designate a gift of any amount to support students in ways you may not have thought of before, such as providing tools to Engineers Without Borders, providing lab supplies, sponsoring a student organization, helping students buy books or pay activities fees, or even contributing toward the cost of a student's dining plan, parking permit, or dorm room!

Alumni Donate $1.5M to Endow Two ChBE Professorships
Donors: Mr. & Mrs. Sung
T.K. "Patrick" Sung (M.S. '69 and Ph.D. '72, chemical engineering) and his wife, Marguerite (B.S. '70, mathematics), met as students at College Park, which still holds a special place in their hearts. "The campus was the setting for the first experiences of our adult lives in America," says Marguerite. "It makes it even more worthwhile to see the high quality of programs at Maryland.” Patrick agrees,"The university's progress is amazing."



This is the place that gave us our start, so what better way to show our gratitude.

After having careers as an intellectual property lawyer and and computer programmer, the pair joined Nu Skin Enterprises, Inc., a global direct-selling company of premium quality personal care products. Today, they are sharing their success with the university through a number of generous gifts, including a pledge of $1.5 million to the Clark School for two endowed professorships in chemical engineering: The Patrick & Marguerite Sung Professorship in Chemical Engineering, and The Patrick & Marguerite Sung Distinguished Professorship in Chemical Engineering.