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Impacted by COVID-19

We're in this together. BCOE's Help a Highlander campaign offers two ways to immediately support our engineering students impacted by the COVID-19 crisis. Whether you choose to provide everyday essentials or secure the educational future of our students, you can make a significant difference in the lives of our students during this unprecedented time. 

More than one-third of our undergraduate engineering students come from low income households. More than 40 percent are Pell grant recipients. Nearly 80 percent of families are reported to be living paycheck to paycheck (Forbes, 2019). Our students and their families will be, if they aren't already, heavily impacted by the state-wide restrictions. Let's work together to Help a Highlander engineer today.

Engineering Fund for Student Success

Provides support for students in the Marlan and Rosemary Bourns College of Engineering during the COVID-19 crisis to help them continue their education and meet basic needs such as food, supplies, transportation costs, and more. 

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College of Engineering Scholarship Fund

Secures the educational future of our students, of which one-third of engineering undergraduates come from low income households. 

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National Society of Black Engineers Endowed Fund

In partnership with the Council for the Advancement of Black Engineers (CABE) and the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE), this endowed fund provides stable, long-term support for the activities of the NSBE chapter at BCOE. 

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Donate to the Dean's Innovation Fund

Are you looking for a way to support cutting-edge education and research? The Dean’s Innovation Fund provides seed funding for new, innovative, strategic initiatives at the Marlan and Rosemary Bourns College of Engineering. This fund enables the Dean to take advantage of opportunities that arise over the course of the year to support research projects, leadership development, and educational experiences for students. It is also available to assist with faculty retention, acquisition of new equipment, brand development and strategic planning.

Gifts to the Dean’s Innovation Fund have an immediate impact on the success of our students and faculty. Thank you for considering a gift and for your continued support of BCOE.

Current Projects

Kawai Tam Endowment Fund Campaign

Join us in honoring Professor Kawai Tam’s retirement from the Marlan and Rosemary Bourns College of Engineering by helping to establish the Kawai Tam Professional Development Fund that will provide support to the Department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering for expenses related to student design competitions and professional development activities. Our goal is to raise more than $25,000 to establish this new endowment. 

Share a note, photo or video on Kawai Tam’s online kudoboard at

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Akula "Venky" Venkatram Mechanical Engineering Scholarship Campaign

Join us in honoring Professor Akula Venkatram's retirement after 26 years of service to the Marlan and Rosemary Bourns College of Engineering by helping to establish the Akula Venkatram Mechanical Engineering Scholarship to provide support for undergraduate students in the department of Mechanical Engineering. Our goal is to raise more than $25,000 to establish this new endowment. 

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Dimitrios Morikis Bioengineering Scholarship Campaign

Dimitrios Morikis, UC Riverside professor and founding faculty member of the Department of Bioengineering, passed away May 27, 2019. Morikis is well known for his work in immunophysics and immunoengineering, where he used physics and engineering approaches to understand molecular mechanisms of immunology, develop disease models, and design new drugs and molecular sensors for autoimmune and inflammatory diseases. 

Professor Morikis was a caring teacher and devoted mentor. To keep his legacy alive, the new Dimitrios Morikis Bioengineering Scholarship will provide support in perpetuity to both undergraduate and graduate students studying bioengineering.

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University of California, Riverside is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization and gifts to this project are tax deductible to the extent allowed by State and Federal law.