SMU gets $3.6 million for biological sciences

Southern Methodist University has received two gifts totaling $3.6 million that will be used to create a new program within its department of biological sciences.

A $2 million donation from Caren Prothro and $1.6 million from the Perkins-Prothro Foundation will endow the C. Vin Prothro Biological Sciences Initiative in the Dallas-based university’s Dedman College.

The new initiative is named in memory of Caren Prothro’s late husband, who was a local civic leader and former trustee of SMU.

Caren Prothro also has close ties to the university, having served as a trustee since 1992 and as a board member for SMU’s Dedman School, its SMU-in-Taos program and the Maguire Center for Ethics and Public Responsibility.

The university will use $2 million of the gift to endow the Distinguished Chair of Biological Sciences and $1 million to create an endowed research fund to support the chair’s work.

A graduate fellowship fund will be created using $500,000, while the remaining $100,000 will fund undergraduate scholarships.

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