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Gifts from alumni and friends are crucial to helping us achieve our goals.

Your donation can help us expand learning experiences for undergraduate and graduate students, attract and retain talented faculty and students, conduct cutting-edge research in our labs, and provide reduced-fee mental health services to the community.

Our department is home to some of the world’s leading experts and we are ranked among the best in the nation in our comprehensive approach to memory and mental health research. Our faculty are committed to solving many of today’s biggest problems, including:

  • Heart disease and obesity
  • Alzheimer’s disease, stroke, and brain injury
  • PTSD, anxiety, and depression
  • Helping at-risk students perform better in school
  • Combating racism
  • Fighting the opioid epidemic and other forms of addiction

We invite you to help us achieve our goals for the future by contributing to any of the department funds below.  You may direct your gift to a specific area or program, or make an unrestricted gift to the Chair's Discretionary Fund that the Department can use for its greatest needs.

Special Programs

In addition to the ongoing programming described below, the department identifies special programs to address unique opportunities and urgent needs to best serve the university and the surrounding community.

Drs. Jerry and Jeanne Frieman Graduate Student Travel Fund

The purpose of this fund is to support graduate student travel to conventions and/or conferences to present their research.

David C. Riccio Honorarium Fund

Named for Dr. David C. Riccio, funds will be used to modernize the neuroscience laboratory and train the next generation of neuroscientists

Campaign Goal: $20,000

Chair's Discretionary Fund

Gifts to this program allow the Chair to allocate resources where they can have the most benefit. It allows us to take advantage of new and time-sensitive opportunities or even create new programming for students and faculty. Current plans for this fund include:

  • Travel funding for undergraduate & graduate students
  • Graduate fellowships for underrepresented students
  • Pilot funding for innovative research projects


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Undergraduate Scholarships

Hundreds of undergraduates get hands-on training in our research labs each year – many that are first-generation college students. In addition to helping students find a career they are passionate about, working in research labs allows them the chance to give back to their communities and strengthen Northeast Ohio. Funding opportunities include:


Numerous scholarships are available to undergraduates, including both traditional programs that focus on academic accomplishment (Dr. F Robert and Nancy Treichler Awards), as well as others specific to students in the Honor’s program (Zaynor Memorial Scholarship), and those in their junior year – a critical period in undergraduate training (Davidson Memorial Scholarship). Donations can be made to existing programs or to help develop new ones.

The department chooses Outstanding Junior, Outstanding Senior, and College of Arts & Sciences Leadership Award nominees each year. These students are typically recommended by faculty and instructors based on outstanding classroom, research, and service accomplishments.

The Treichler award is based on a self-nomination process, however the award is only open to those who are in the Psych Scholar Program (top achieving Psychology majors who are also eligible for the Honors Program). These students should have multiple semesters of research experience at Kent State.

All award applications are judged by the UG Curriculum Committee and the chair of the department in the Spring semester.

First Step Undergraduate Travel Award

Defrays the costs of presenting research at a national conference

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Graduate Programs

More than 700 graduate students have earned their Ph.D. in the 50 years of our training program. Much of this success is due to the department’s strong commitment to training the next generation of scientists and doctors, including programs like:

Roy S. Lilly Graduate Student Support Fund

A scholarship for promising graduate students with financial need

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Gifts for other programs are also most welcome, such as remembering a loved one, scholarships, or pledging for a future gift. Please contact us at for more information about these and other opportunities.

Your donation is tax deductible and will have an immediate impact.

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