Alyssa Bierce
Mani Bhaumik

A $2 million gift from physicist and former UCLA postdoctoral fellow Mani Bhaumik to the UCLA Division of Physical Sciences will give students new resources to advance their education.

Half of the gift will help establish the Mani L. Bhaumik Graduate Fellowship in Theoretical Physics. The fellowship also is supported by matching funds offered by UCLA’s office of the chancellor and the dean of physical sciences to extend support for students. The other $1 million names a dedicated study and collaboration space in Young Hall. Available to students from all disciplines studying chemistry and biochemistry, the space will serve as a resource for the entire physical sciences division.

Bhaumik, a member of the Division of Physical Sciences board of visitors, played a key role in developing the laser technology that paved the way for Lasik eye surgery.

His latest gift follows his $11 million gift in 2016, which remains the largest contribution in the history of the division of physical sciences. Both are part of the $4.2 billion UCLA Centennial Campaign, which is scheduled to conclude in December 2019 during UCLA’s 100th anniversary year.