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Giving to the Fischell Department of Bioengineering

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Make a donation to the department online Please designate "Fischell Department of Bioengineering" on the form.

You Can Help Us Advance!

Fearless Ideas will fuel our continued ascent as a world-class public research university through: ​
  • investments in our world-renowned faculty;
  • support for innovative programs and capital projects;
  • scholarships and innovative co-curricular programs for students; and
  • expanded research that amplifies our impact as our state’s and nation’s economic driver.

The Clark School is achieving rapid progress in its research, education and entrepreneurship missions, fueled in part by state funding but more and more by private philanthropy‚ generous gifts from alumni, friends and corporate partners.

The Fischell Department of Bioengineering is an important factor in the Clark School's progress, contributing significantly to key school initiatives such as energy and healthcare, and has every expectation of being a part of the Clark School's drive for excellence.

Like the school, we count on private support to address key priorities, including graduate fellowships, professorships, and undergraduate scholarships. Please do your part to help us advance. Now more than ever, even a few hundred dollars can make the difference between a talented student obtaining a Terp education or not. Contribute to the department through the Great Expectations campaign and support our mission to transform lives through exceptional educational and research opportunities.

Visit the Giving to Maryland web site to learn more.

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.

A. James Clark Hall is the new home of the Fischell Department of Bioengineering. In early 2018, the Clark School opened its doors to A. James Clark Hall, a custom-designed home for the Fischell Department of Bioengineering and the Robert E. Fischell Institute for Biomedical Devices. This 184,000-square-foot building signals a new era for the university and for human health advancements everywhere.

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. BIOE 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. 

Research support funds innovation to better human health. Bioengineering research innovations carry profound implications and touch virtually every aspect of healthcare. Funding to support specific research areas helps our faculty and students work toward engineering solutions to many of today's most complex health challenges.

Choose the Giving Method That's Right for You

Online Giving

Make a donation to the department online

Please designate "Fischell Department of Bioengineering" on the form.

Gifts By Check

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

John P. Fisher
Fischell Family Distinguished Professor and Chair
Fischell Department of Bioengineering
Room 2330 Jeong H. Kim Engineering Building
University of Maryland, College Park, MD   20742

Other Gift Options

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.

Creative Ways to Give

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!

Support a Specific Research Area

  • Host-Pathogen Interactions: Works in Progress: The Host- Pathogen Interactions program immerses students in interdisciplinary host-pathogen research, striving to integrate advances in pathogenesis with genomics, bioinformatics and engineering. Their training program has strong translational research compotent, as trainees interact not only with experts in their own research area, but with scientists in other disciplines, such as computer sciences, bioengineering, and environmental sciences.
  • Jewell Research Lab: The goal of the Jewell lab is to combine bioengineering, nanotechnology, and immunology to develop more effective and less toxic therapies for cancer and autoimmunity. Some of the diseases we are focused on include multiple sclerosis, skin cancer, and neuroblastoma – a devastating pediatric cancer. To support these goals, our research is carried out in three areas: 1) understanding the interactions between synthetic materials and immune tissues, 2) designing new materials that help generate immune responses with specific characteristics, and 3) translating our advances to therapeutic vaccines for cancer and autoimmune diseases. We have a motivated and talented team of postdoctoral scientists, graduate students, and undergraduate researchers with backgrounds in bioengineering, immunology, chemical engineering, and molecular biology. Along with our research efforts, we are committed to research education, science awareness, and mentoring. The inter-disciplinary nature of the biomaterials and immune research we conduct creates opportunities to engage students and community members. Building on this idea, our lab leads a variety of outreach activities and partnerships. We have worked with more than 350 high school students, held service events in the community to support and build awareness for pediatric cancer research, and provided training in scientific leadership and mentoring to more than 70 undergraduate students, graduate students, and postdoctoral scientists. We're lucky to be in a fantastic and supportive setting and look forward to continuing our work. If you’d like to support us please considering donating, or contact us with questions or to visit the lab and learn about our efforts firsthand.
  • William E. Bentley Fund for Translational Research: In honor of Dr. Bentley’s service as Founding Chair of the Fischell Department of Bioengineering, the William E. Bentley Fund for Translational Research has been established to support student research, travel, and professional development efforts in translational research.