Gifts and Donations to Stanford BMI

BMI has benefited greatly from the financial generosity of alumni and other donors. We have three funds which support student activities:

  • Robert P. Tirrell Memorial Fund. Established in memory of Rob Tirrell who passed away in 2012, a year after graduating with his Biomedical Informatics master’s degree, this fund supports events and activities such as the annual pumpkin-carving contest, Maker’s Faire supplies and entertainment at the BMI retreat.
  • Biomedical Informatics Gift Fund. Donations from alumni support pizza lunches, dinners during grant-writing sessions, turkey and trimmings for the annual holiday party and BMI logo items for recruits and students. Additionally, the fund provides books for graduating student representatives and gift cards for poster award winners at the annual retreat.
  • Darlene Vian Memorial Fund for Student Support. This endowed fund was established in memory of beloved student services administrator, mentor and confidant, Darlene P. Vian, who passed away in 2011.  In May 2016, the fund was endowed with the initial $100,000 of gifts from Darlene's many alumni, colleagues, friends, and relatives.  The Vian Fund supports student activities that Darlene knew were key to a cohesive program and career success, such as the annual offsite retreat, travel expenses for conferences, student recruiting receptions, barbeques, TGI parties and alumni dinners.  It may also be used to support student research projects and tuition.  Donors at the $1000+ level are acknowledged on a perpetual memorial plaque in the Medical School Office Building.

Please contact our Student Services Officer if you would like information about how to make a tax-deductible contribution to any of these funds.