New Helping Hands Award established

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A generous donation by Distinguished Professor of Biochemistry Juli Feigon has established an annual UCLA Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry Helping Hands Award.  

The Juli Feigon Helping Hands Award is an annual award for postdoctoral fellows, research staff, and graduate students who are primary caregivers for dependent children or other family members, to provide extra time and resources to pursue their scientific careers.  The inaugural award will be presented at the annual departmental awards ceremony on May 21, 2024. 

Funds are intended to be used for anything that alleviates burdens associated with caregiving, including but not limited to house cleaning services, time-saving appliances like dishwashers, clothes washers and dryers, babysitters or nannies for times when the daycare center is closed or unavailable, and extra caregiving costs associated with travel to meetings and workshops.

Our goal is to raise $400K to endow the fund; we hope you can consider making a gift to support this important cause. All donations to the Juli Feigon Helping Hands Award will be greatly appreciated.The UCLA Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry will match all donations up to $400K!

Distinguished Professor Juli Feigon

A true trailblazer, Feigon became the first female assistant professor in the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry when she joined the UCLA faculty in 1985. At that time, she was also one of the very few women academics in her field worldwide. Feigon is not only recognized for her groundbreaking research but also for her exceptional dedication to nurturing and empowering students. Recently, she received the department’s highest distinction, the 2023-24 Glenn T. Seaborg Medal. Feigon announced the establishment of the Helping Hands Award at the Seaborg Medal award dinner on January 19, 2024.