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From the Spring 2020 Edition of Discovery

USU’s College of Science looks forward to the 2nd annual ‘A’ Day of Giving during Fall 2020 Homecoming

A Day of Giving Logo

In Fall 2019, the College of Science participated in Utah State University’s inaugural, 24-hour “‘A’ Day of Giving Challenge.” We were gratefully heartened by the generous response of our alumni and friends.

A lot has changed since last fall -- more than we could have imagined. But we plan to participate in this new Aggie tradition with renewed enthusiasm. For the 2020 event, which will take place over a 24-hour period during the Thursday of a date-to-be-announced Homecoming Week, alumni will have the opportunity to contribute directly to the academic department of their choice. Why do Aggies give to Utah State and what impact do these gifts have? Let’s hear from two of our Aggie Family members:

Why I Give

“There are many charities and worthwhile causes that would benefit from one’s financial support. Why have I opted to generously support the Biology Department’s fund that benefits both undergraduate and graduate students? The quality of instruction within our Biology courses has always been impressive, but more recently has been enhanced by undergraduate research experiences in both the laboratory and the field.

The superior students our scholarships support today are going to be teachers, public health workers, nurses, doctors, ecologists and citizens for the next several decades. Our investment in students today will hopefully reap unimaginable returns in the future. I cannot think of a more worthwhile beneficiary than the financial support of our superior students.

Pay it Forward!”

- Dr. Ivan J. Palmblad
Professor Emeritus
Department of Biology
Utah State University

Because You Give

“Receiving the Dr. Ivan J. Palmblad Graduate Research Award has allowed me to pursue my graduate research freely by easing the financial and temporal restrictions that would otherwise be hampering it.

Specifically, I spent my research award on genetic sequencing, covering the costs of DNA extraction, enzyme optimization, library preparation and sequencing. By paying for an advanced research center to run these technical procedures, I was able to minimize possible sources of error in my data, while freeing myself to more thoroughly explore the analyses used in my study.

There’s no way I would have been able to accomplish as much as I have without this award. It’s hard to overstate how valuable the generous contributions, like those from Dr. Palmblad, are to students in all areas conducting research.”

- Austin Koontz
Biology/Ecology Master’s Candidate
Utah State University

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