Stony Brook University alumnus Marcus Boehm ’88, PhD, and his wife, Kimberley Phillips Boehm, PhD, recently made a $1.5 million gift to support graduate students in the Chemical Biology Training Program, providing at least five PhD fellowships each year for the next six years.
Boehm, who has led a successful career as a biotech entrepreneur, said his experience at Stony Brook inspired him to give back to the university. He and his wife believe in education, and they know college students need specific tools and skills they won’t gain in high school. “I think it’s important to have a college degree and, in some cases, a graduate degree for skilled areas that require specific training,” Boehm said.
“Marcus and Kimberley’s generosity will allow our chemistry graduate students to focus on their studies, preparing for leadership roles in teaching, research and service as the next generation of scholars, scientists and innovators,” said Stony Brook University President Maurie McInnis. “I am grateful for the enduring commitment of alumni like Marcus that helps our university nurture diversity and collaboration and ensures that Stony Brook students can excel and achieve at the highest levels to realize their ambitions.”
Boehm and his wife both prioritize putting their resources into institutions that they know and have a connection to. “I’m happy to put my resources into Stony Brook because I know what a difference it made for me,” he said.
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