TSRI Names Graduate College "Kellogg School of Science and Technology" in Honor of Janet and W. Keith Kellogg II
In honor of their extraordinary contributions to science and education, The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) has named its graduate college "The Kellogg School of Science and Technology" for philanthropists Janet R. ("Jean") Kellogg and W. Keith Kellogg II.
"The Kelloggs have been great benefactors of TSRI for many years and their commitment to education is exceptional," says TSRI President Richard Lerner. "We are grateful for their extraordinary generosity and for their enthusiasm for the discoveries taking place at TSRI."
For many years, the Kelloggs have been among the country's most devoted philanthropists, giving generously through their own estate and through a foundation established in memory of Mr. Kellogg's parents, Helen and John Kellogg, the son of cereal magnate W.K. Kellogg. Their support of the Kellogg School of Science and Technology at TSRI brings together two objectives in the Kelloggs' giving--support for science and support for education.
The Kelloggs have been long-standing patrons of education, giving generously to several institutions of higher education in California and in the Chicago area, where they lived for many years. Most notably, the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University was named in their honor.
The Kelloggs' commitment to science is evident in their having established an endowed chair in chemistry and having made a significant contribution towards the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Center for Chemical Sciences at TSRI. They also funded the Continuing Care Unit at Scripps Memorial Hospital-Encinitas and the Kellogg Cancer Center in Evanston, Illinois.
"We are very pleased to have a name so synonymous with education associated with our institute, which is committed to offering the highest quality graduate education and to making seminal discoveries in science," says Jeffery Kelly, vice president for academic affairs and dean of graduate studies at TSRI.
In less than 15 years, TSRI has built its Ph.D. program into one of the most respected graduate programs in the country.
The 13-year-old Macromolecular and Cellular Structure and Chemistry (MCSC) Program was recently ranked ninth overall in the biological sciences and the 10-year-old Program in Chemistry ranked sixth overall in chemistry in the April 15, 2002 edition of U.S. News & World Report. TSRI's Ph.D. chemistry program was also ranked second in the nation in organic chemistry.
"[The Kelloggs'] support of our graduate program ensures state-of-the-art education for this country's finest young minds," says Carlos Barbas, who holds the Janet and W. Keith Kellogg II Chair in Molecular Biology. "The impact of this gift will be felt for generations as these scientists mature and contribute to our society the fruits of their graduate education."
In special recognition, TSRI will confer honorary doctorates of science on the Kelloggs at this year's commencement ceremony on May 17.