Friends of Biology & Chemistry

The Friends of Biology and Chemistry is an association made up of alumni and supporters of the Department of Biological and Molecular Sciences. Our primary goal is to gather and unify our members around the central purpose of contributing to the department’s undergraduates, faculty and programs.

Recent Projects

Here are just a few of the recent projects we have accomplished:

  • Raised nearly $60,000 to fund the Voth-Orkney Research Endowment
  • Provided travel money to biology and chemistry students to present their research at regional and national meetings
  • Provided funds for the annual Senior Research Symposium and Senior Banquet

Our Purpose and Goals

Our purpose is to open up opportunities for alumni and friends of the department to contribute their time, expertise, experiences and resources. We have identified the following goals:

  • Provide opportunities for undergraduates to interact with alumni and friends
  • Support fundraising efforts for the Biological and Molecular Sciences Department
  • Promote excellence in teaching
  • Promote individual research by students and faculty
  • Support the pre-professional programs by providing funds for travel to national meetings and professional schools, and for visits by professional school admission personnel
  • Encourage and maintain friendships among the friends and alumni of the Biological and Molecular Sciences Department
  • Provide scholarships for undergraduates
  • Provide support for equipment grants and purchases
  • Work to increase the reputation of the department among prospective students, academic institutions, granting agencies, alumni and businesses

How to Get Involved

Care to join us? We’ve identified three opportunities for you to become involved during the upcoming academic year:

  • Join FBAC and help the organization to grow and develop
  • Contribute to current biology and biochemistry majors’ experience at George Fox by volunteering to speak at a class or seminar
  • Provide opportunities for students to get to know you and your profession through job shadowing and/or informal discussions

If you’d like to join us or have questions, contact John Schmitt, professor of biology and faculty representative to the FBAC, at


In 1998, a small group of faculty and alumni began developing goals and a structure for the Friends of Biology and Chemistry. A constitution was drafted and a group of individuals was selected to oversee the organization. A year later, the department hosted an evening of alumni presentations, a homecoming gathering, and a student research colloquium, followed by a banquet.