The gift will be disbursed among students interested in faculty-supervised research projects, including a summer institute where students can earn a $2,500 stipend. Money will also be used to recruit students from high schools and junior colleges who show promise in the field of organic chemistry.
James Postma, department chair, said this is the first time Roche has given money to the chemistry department. Roche wanted to support the university because it has hired a number of CSU, Chico graduates over the years. If the money is shown to affect students positively, the company may donate more, Postma said.
In a letter accompanying the gift, Roche officials wrote, "We hope that this funding will assist in the continuance of outstanding undergraduates from CSU, Chico in organic chemistry."
The gift and recognition is great news for students and the chemistry department, Postma said. It is always nice when people outside the department and university notice your good work," added Postma.