Gift of $125,000 from RosaLee and Alvin Sarachek seeks to reward students for excellence

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Retired WSU faculty members RosaLee and Alvin Sarachek have established an award to recognize students majoring in the natural sciences who graduate with a record of scholarly excellence.   

   A $5,000 prize will be awarded each spring to a graduating senior majoring in either biology, chemistry, geology or physics. The amount will be increased by $500 every five years, beginning in 2020. The Saracheks provided a gift of $125,000 to endow the RosaLee and Alvin Sarachek Award for Scholarly Excellence in the Natural Sciences. The first award will be made in April 2014. Candidates must have a minimum 3.5 GPA and have participated in mentored research activity or other scholarly activity in science.   

“This endowment is an expression of our appreciation for the talented and motivated students we so enjoyed working with over the years.”

- RosaLee '64 '67 '72 and Alvin Sarachek

   “This endowment is an expression of our appreciation for the talented and motivated students we so enjoyed working with over the years, many of whom have remained our personal friends as they have gone on to sterling careers in academic, industrial or medical sciences,” the Saracheks said in a statement.   

   WSU President John Bardo thanked the couple for their support of Wichita State.   

   “The encouragement of our students to work toward research excellence is important in the sciences, and I am pleased they have chosen to ensure it continues to be a valued and now aptly rewarded division of our university community,” he said.

   RosaLee Ireland Sarachek earned a bachelor’s degree in biological sciences in 1964 from the University of Wichita and a master’s degree in biology from WSU in 1967. She received a bachelor’s degree in medical technology in 1972 from Wichita State. She became the first chairperson of the Department of Medical Technology in the then new College of Health Related Professions in the 1970s. She also served as an academic advisor in the college and was an assistant to the dean of the Fairmount College of Liberal Arts and Sciences for academic advising for one year. 

   Alvin Sarachek is a distinguished professor emeritus of natural sciences at WSU. A co-founder of the biology department at the University of Wichita in 1958, he subsequently chaired the department at WSU for 14 years. He holds the WSU Regents and Lindquist awards for teaching. He also maintained grant-supported research throughout his tenure and served several federal and private foundations in support of scientific development, both nationally and internationally.

circle arrow If you would like to help deserving students in the Fairmount College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, please contact Michael Rishell, WSU Foundation director of development for the Fairmount College, at 316-978-3945 or at 

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