Erik Haferkamp Memorial Fund

Supporting undergraduate research in neuroscience at the Beckman Institute through the Erik Haferkamp Memorial Award for Undergraduate Research, which honors graduating senior student Erik Haferkamp (1987-2010), Molecular & Cellular Physiology and Psychology class of 2010.

Photo of Erik Haferkamp as he stands outside. The Erik Haferkamp Memorial Fund supports the Erik Haferkamp Memorial Award for Undergraduate Research in neuroscience at the Beckman Institute. This memorial fund supports undergraduate research in neuroscience at the Beckman Institute.

Erik Haferkamp grew up in Palatine, Ill., where he graduated from William Fremd High School. He was a graduating senior pursuing a double major in Molecular & Cellular Physiology and Psychology (class of 2010) at the U of I when he passed away in March 2010 at the age of 22. He was a valued and enthusiastic member of Justin Rhodes' lab at the Beckman Institute where he was a student researcher and lab technician. In his spare time, Erik was an artist, writer, and environmentalist. Erik planned to pursue graduate work in Biopsychology or Neurobiology.

The Erik Haferkamp Memorial Fund is made possible by the generous support of Erik's family including Bonnie Haferkamp (mother), David Haferkamp (father), and numerous extended family, friends, and colleagues. The Fund honors Erik's contributions to society, neuroscience, and his passion for research. The Fund will initially support Summer stipends for undergraduates to pursue research in neuroscience at the Beckman Institute.

"Erik proved to be an outstanding student and dedicated a large amount of his time in the lab from 2007 up until his death in 2010. Erik quickly became competent at many of the technical procedures in the lab. He also made substantial contributions collecting data on the effects of exercise on the growth of new nerve cells in the brain. Erik is a co-author on a 2010 paper in Behavioral Brain Research on exercise-induced neurogenesis. Thus, Erik was a key member of our lab and is terribly missed." –Justin Rhodes, Professor of Psychology

Your Gift will Impact Future Generations. With your support, the Fund will honor Erik Haferkamp's contributions to society and help us transform the lives of young scientists and engineers – fueling scientific discovery and innovation – for years to come. Your support will help us recruit and support top-flight students who will become the leaders of tomorrow. Please give generously to help the neuroscience field grow, prosper and tackle the many challenges we face as a global community.

"Receiving this award means that I get to work in a lab and hone my skills as an undergraduate research assistant throughout the entire summer, which is an opportunity I greatly appreciate. I will be able to learn and master a multitude of laboratory techniques, as well as learn what goes into completing a research experiment. Ultimately, I believe the experience afforded to me through receiving this award will assist me in future endeavors such as going to graduate school and designing and completing experiments of my own." –Ashley Holloway, 2013 Haferkamp Award Recipient

How to give

To make a secure online gift, simply fill out the form below. To make a gift by mail please send your check or money order payable to the University of Illinois Foundation. Please include a note (or memo on your check) stating the purpose of your gift as: Erik Haferkamp Memorial Fund and mail to: University of Illinois Foundation, 1305 West Green Street, Urbana, IL 61801. If you would like to make a gift by phone, please call 217-333-0810.


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