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  • 07/19/11

    Gassman family creates graduate student travel fund

The late Professor Paul Gassman and his family have long been generous supporters of the Department of Chemistry and its students. In 1993, they established the Paul G. Gassman Lectureship in Chemistry, which continues to enrich the chemistry program by bringing distinguished organic chemists to campus each year to present multiple multi-day lecture series every year.

In addition to the lectureship, the family has recently established a new fund to support the department—the Paul G. and Gerda Ann Gassman Graduate Student Travel Fund. This fund will provide one-time awards to exceptional, full-time chemistry graduate students involved in research projects in the field of organic chemistry to present their research findings at a national or international conference. These awards will provide an important opportunity for talented graduate students to share their research findings, and to learn how to present their findings to other chemists and industry representatives. These are important skills that are essential to their future career success.

The Gassman family established this fund because they understand and appreciate the value of the opportunities this fund will provide for our graduate students, while creating a wonderful tribute to Paul and the work that he did throughout his career for the University of Minnesota and the field of organic chemistry.

To contribute to the Paul G. and Gerda Ann Gassman Graduate Student Travel Fund, go to the Department of Chemistry giving page, and click on the fund in the "designate to specific program or area" section.