Your Gift Matters

All gifts to Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences, no matter their size, helps the Department maintain and strengthen its international reputation for excellence, as well as its impact in the community.

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Information for Alumni Donors and General Donations

AOS Areas of Need

Atmospheric & Oceanic Sciences has many areas of need but our primary focus is on graduate student support. Graduate students are our top priority.

  • Graduate Fellowships
  • Undergraduate Research Support
  • Capital Improvements:  support for common department computing, data storage, and research infrastructure
  • Endowed Chairs
  •  Endowed Lectureships
  • Post-doctoral Fellowships
  • Chair’s Discretionary Fund

General Donation

Chair's Discretionary Fund - the department's most flexible donor fund that is to be used for one-time department needs. The AOS Chair can use these funds for many needs including visiting lecturers and scholars, graduate recruitment and conferences, seminar support, one-time purchases of research and instructional equipment, and many others!  

Alumni and friends who donate to the Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences Chair’s Discretionary Fund may also receive special courtesies through the Chancellor's Circle and Chancellor's Associates programs in recognition of their generous support.

Alumni and friends who already enjoy Chancellor's Associates member benefits may also direct their annual gifts to our department by selecting it via the UCLA Annual Fund appeals. By designating the Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences department on the Annual Fund’s forms, Chancellor's Associates members will retain the courtesies associated with their level of support. For information, visit http://www.theuclafund.ucla.edu/gtg/donorrecognition.aspx.


The department is lucky to have three ongoing endowments, which are listed below. If you wish to establish an endowment please contact the department directly or Brooke Sanders at (310) 794-9045 ( bsanders@support.ucla.edu ). An endowment can be established with a minimum of $100,000.

  • Brian L. Bosart Graduate Student Award: Given to an outstanding graduate student for unselfish service to fellow students and positive contributions to departmental life while demonstrating a firm commitment to academics. This fund can also be used for graduate recruitment and graduate conference travel.
  • Bjerknes Memorial Award: Graduate Student Award for Academic Excellence
  • Neiburger Memorial Award: Graduate Student for Outstanding Teaching

Special Gifts

In addition to giving to the Chair's Discretionary Fund and creating an endowment, the department can also partner with donors on specialized gifting. These can be gifts that are made in the memory of an AOS student or faculty or are targeted toward a very specific purpose. We have one such gift already which we are using to fund the Annual Michio Yanai Lecture. The First Annual Michio Yanai Lecture was held on May 7th, 2014, and was a wonderful event bringing together alumni with current faculty and students. We look forward to seeing you at the 2nd Annual Michio Yanai Lecture in May of 2015.

How to Give...

You can make a gift to support Atmospheric and Ocean Sciences at UCLA online, by mail or by calling AOS' Development Officer Kerri Yoder at (310) 794-9045 ( kyoder@support.ucla.edu ). For additional information on ways to support the School, please visit our DONATION PAGE at UCLA's Development Office.