Philanthropy at the University


Endowed fellowships are an excellent means of attracting high-performing graduate students. These students, in turn, make major contributions to the university’s research efforts. Fund income from this type of endowment is used to help support these research projects and, in many cases, to provide a small stipend to support the graduate student. As graduate students, these individuals have already matriculated well into their academic careers and many have already incurred substantial debt in financing their education. A number of schools within our institution are finding it increasingly difficult to attract top students to these important research positions without the resource of endowments. A $50,000 gift is required to establish a fellowship endowment.

For questions or comments, contact:

Ty Sponberg

Senior Gift Assurance Officer
(713) 500-3210

Below is the current list of endowed fellowships:

Endowed FellowshipsSchoolEndowment Established
Dan and Jay Sterling Gastroenterology Fellowship Award Medical School 9/30/2002
David Mendell, M.D. Endowed Fellowship Medical School 4/9/1996
Eliza Lovett Randall Fellowship in Rheumatology Medical School 2/4/2000
George M. Stancel, Ph.D. Fellowship in the Biomedical Sciences Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences 6/23/2011
Jesse H. Jones Fellowship in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery School of Dentistry 2/11/1997
Noreen A. Lemak, M.D. Fellowship in Neurology Medical School 1/23/2014
Ray A. and Robert L. Kroc Fellowship Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences 6/13/1985
The Sam Taub and Beatrice Burton Endowed Fellowship Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences 5/12/2003