Celebration of Scholarships
Dr. Devra Kleiman Memorial Graduate Endowment

Scholarship History

Molly Kleiman established the Dr. Devra Kleiman Memorial Graduate Endowment in June 2010 to support graduate students in the Department of Biology who are working on Smithsonian collaborations or who have experience in international conservation-related scientific research or programming and the intention to continue.

Donor Statement

Dr. Devra G. Kleiman was a pioneer in the emerging field of conservation biology and one of the foremost female biologists of her time. Born in the Bronx, NY, Dr. Kleiman received her undergraduate degree from the University of Chicago in 1964 and her doctorate in zoology from the University of London in 1969. In 1972, she became one of the first female scientists at the Smithsonian National Zoo in Washington, DC. Dr. Kleiman was head of the Department of Zoological Research at the National Zoo from 1979-1995. She retired from the National Zoo in 2001. She also served as an adjunct professor of biology at the University of Maryland beginning in 1979. A loving wife, daughter, sister, and stepmother, Dr. Devra G. Kleiman died of cancer on April 29, 2010.<
> Dr. Kleimanís most groundbreaking work included her research on giant pandas that lead to successful captive breeding programs worldwide, and her research of the endangered golden lion tamarin that helped rescue the South American monkey from near extinction and reintroduce it into its natural Brazilian habit. Dr. Kleiman was influential in ushering in an era in which zoos became not simply a place to exhibit animals, but an instrumental part of conservation efforts.<
> In order to honor Dr. Kleimanís memory, her mother, Molly Kleiman, established through the University of Maryland College Park Foundation, Inc. an endowed fund to support graduate students in the Department of Biology at the University of Maryland, College Park.<

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