The UCLA Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry is seeking gifts to expand the reach of the endowment that honors the two UCLA chemistry faculty who were largely responsible for the development of biochemistry within the department. Atkinson and West arrived at UCLA in 1952 and joined Max Dunn, who at that time was the only biochemist in the department. By the time they retired in the early 1990s, there were 18 biochemistry faculty members, and Atkinson and West had played major roles in recruiting most of them. Both Atkinson and West were exceptionally valued by their faculty colleagues, the students in their laboratories, by the national and international research communities, and by the multitude of undergraduates they taught. These awards and fellowships were inaugurated in 2016 to honor the significant contributions of both men to research, education, and the strength of the UCLA academic community.

The Atkinson-West endowment now funds prizes to undergraduate and graduate students to recognize their excellence in this area. Additionally, the endowment supports fellowships for summer research in Chemistry and Biochemistry faculty labs for undergraduate and graduate students. New gifts to this fund will enable the department to expand its support of these summer fellowships.

If you would like to learn more about the Atkinson-West endowment, please visit or contact Joy Kruger, Assistant Director of Development at 310-363-9557 or by email at

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