Giving

Educating Today’s Citizens for Tomorrow’s World

Make a Gift

Thank you for considering a gift to the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences (PBS). Now more than ever, the support of alumni and friends of the Department is a vital catalyst for academic excellence. Participation is key to the success of annual gifts, not necessarily the amount given. Gifts of all sizes are needed and appreciated. Annual support by alumni is particularly important since many companies base their support to UofL on the number of alumni who give to their alma mater. As you think about investing in us, we invite you to explore these options to ensure excellence in teaching, research, and outreach.

Options for investing in people to ensure excellence in teaching, research, and outreach in PBS

An Undergraduate Research Award in PBS

Enhance the undergraduate experience by providing a student the opportunity to assist in important research with a graduate student or faculty mentor. $2,000 annual gift or $45,000 endowed gift. Steven Kniffley (left), B.A. ‘08 with Honors, recently established a fund to support research by undergraduate students of color. He is seen here with his grandmother, Roberta Kniffley (center), and Barbara Burns, Chair of the PBS Department (right).

A Graduate Travel Fund for PBS

Support graduate students’ travel to major conferences to learn about the latest advances in the field of psychological and brain sciences and to share their own research with the field. Help make sure that scholars across the country and the world know that the next generation of outstanding researchers is being trained right here at UofL. $3,000 annual gift of $70,000 endowed gift.

A Graduate Research Award in PBS

Support a graduate student in their studies or research and provide funds to recruit exceptional graduate students to the University of Louisville. $4,000 annual gift or $90,000 endowed gift.

A Faculty Pilot Research Award in PBS

Fund the next big idea! Support that will allow faculty to begin groundbreaking work. $5,000 annual gift or $120,000 endowed gift.

A Named Lecture Series in PBS

Bring the world to Louisville! Your support can bring an expert in the field of your choice to campus to share their knowledge with faculty, students, and our community in a lecture series bearing your name. An annual gift of $2,000 or endowed gift of $45,000 brings a rising star to UofL, $5,000 annually or $115,000 endowed brings a nationally recognized authority, and $8,000 annually or $180,000 endowed brings a world-renowned giant in the field to UofL. Let Louisville know you support great science by naming a lecture series.

A Visiting Professorship in PBS

Ensure there is always a place at UofL for the most cutting-edge research in the psychological and brain sciences by supporting a professor to visit UofL for a year and conduct research in the field of your choice. Visiting professors energize a department by sparking new scientific collaborations between faculty and exposing students to the avant-garde in a given field. $75,000 annual gift or $2 million endowed gift.Dr. Albert Bandura (center) with PBS graduate students. Dr. Bandura was the 2008 recipient of the prestigious Grawemeyer Award in Psychology.

A Professorship in PBS

Bring honor and prestige to the University of Louisville by supporting a professor to teach and conduct research in the field of your choice. $100,000 annual gift or $2.5 million endowed gift.

An Endowed Chair in PBS

This is the most prestigious faculty position. Bring a senior faculty member to the University of Louisville whose work will impact the world. $135,000 annual gift or $3 million endowed gift.

Options for investing in facilities to provide exceptional learning and research environments in PBS

Enhance a current PBS classroom

Your gift of $10,000 to $100,000 enables us to improve a classroom – from a coat of paint to the latest technology. Your commitment to providing the very best learning environment for UofL students will be memorialized with a plaque bearing your name inside the classroom.

Name a PBS laboratory

Your gift of $250,000 to $500,000 can bring a current laboratory up to state-of-the-art standards and help us attract exceptional graduate students and research grants. For example, you can name the Biobehavioral Research Lab or the Infant Cognition Lab. Click here to see a list of PBS faculty and their laboratories.

Invest in a specific research area

Support the research being conducted in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences that fascinates you most. PBS is home to researchers who study a multitude of fascinating topics. Your annual gift of $750,000 to $1 million can advance scientific progress and fund important discoveries. What captures your imagination? Click here to see a list of PBS faculty and their research interests.PBS laboratories are a hotbed of cutting-edge research.

Allow us to choose an investment option for you

Your gift to the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences is distributed at the department’s discretion to promote excellence in teaching, research, and outreach. Funds may support students and faculty, awards for outstanding achievements, and special projects.

Design your own investment in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences

You may design your own Legacy of Learning – for students, faculty, and our learning environments. Tell us where you want to make a difference for the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences and we’ll work together so that your contribution strengthens our work and our future generations.

Give Online

Donating online is fast and easy! Visit UofL’s online giving page and designate your gift to the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences by typing in your preferred investment option and “Dept. of PBS” in the “Further designation” field. For example, you might enter “Graduate travel fund, Dept. of PBS” next to “Further designation”. Thank you for your generous support of the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences!

For More Information

For more information about any of the above gifts, please contact Dr. Keith B. Lyle at:

Dr. Keith B. Lyle

Director of Major Gifts, Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences

University of Louisville

Louisville, KY 40292

Phone: (502) 852-7096

keith.lyle@louisville.edu