UC Riverside’s First Family Endows New Chancellor’s Research Fellowship to Support Undergraduate Research

Chancellor Kim Wilcox and Wife Diane Del Buono Create the 13th Chancellor’s Research Fellowship; This One to Support First-Generation College-Going Students

UCR Chancellor Kim A. Wilcox and his wife, Diane Del Buono. photo by Carrie Rosema

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (www.ucr.edu) — In order to emphasize the importance of undergraduate research to the student learning experience, Chancellor Kim A. Wilcox and his wife Diane Del Buono have announced they will endow a new Chancellor’s Research Fellowship at UC Riverside with a personal gift of $100,000.

This will be the 13th research fellowship providing financial support to one more of an elite set of undergraduate scholars at UCR.  Chancellor’s Research Fellows work with individual faculty mentors on original research generally leading to national presentations and publication of their work.

The Fellows are an important part of the undergraduate program at UCR, where more than half of all undergraduate students participate in basic and applied research or creative and artistic projects with faculty members.

Chancellor Wilcox and Ms. Del Buono have asked that a priority be given to first-generation college students when selecting this new Fellow.

“Diane and I have felt such a warm welcome from the UCR community, including from our fantastic students, and we noted that about 60 percent of undergraduates are first in their families to seek a degree,” said Wilcox. “Diane and I want to make sure that we leave a legacy here, and that all of our undergraduate students have access to research opportunities that can transform their personal and professional aspirations.”

Chancellor Wilcox himself was among the first in his family to earn a college degree. He grew up in Northern Michigan, and, after undergraduate years at Michigan State University, earned master’s and doctoral degrees from Purdue University in speech and hearing science. Wilcox has held academic leadership positions at Michigan State University, the University of Kansas, the Kansas Board of Regents and the University of Missouri. He became UCR’s ninth chancellor in August, 2013.

His wife, Diane Del Buono, earned a master’s degree from Purdue University and a law degree from the University of Kansas, where she also served as director of financial aid.

“Kim Wilcox and Diane Del Buono have a deep and personal understanding of the transformative effect on students of collaborative contact with faculty members,” said UCR Foundation Chair S. Sue Johnson. “On behalf of the UCR Foundation, I am grateful to them not only for their leadership, but for this gift that will create an enduring impact on campus for generations to come.”

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