The Levinson Emerging Scholars Program is funded through a generous gift from Art (UW ’72) and Rita Levinson. Art Levinson is the current CEO of Calico, chairman of Apple Inc., and former chairman and CEO of Genentech, one of the world’s leading biotech companies focusing on medical technologies. Research played a pivotal role in Art Levinson’s education and professional development and the Levinsons wanted to encourage talented undergraduates to pursue advanced bioscience and related research. Much as Art Levinson used the flexibility of independent studies to assume responsibility for designing his UW education, for students selected to be Levinson Emerging Scholars, involvement in research is the driving force of their education as they pursue independent projects of their own design supported by their mentors and other members of their lab or group.
“Conducting research with faculty was an invaluable experience that defined the course of my future. Rita and I are pleased to extend similar opportunities for discovery to exceptional UW undergraduates.” — Art Levinson