About Roy Vagelos

P. Roy Vagelos is a very accomplished alumnus (College, '50, Chemistry) and has been generous to Penn. Thus there are quite a few things that carry his name or his name with Diana, his wife.

For the undergraduates at Penn (alphabetical order):

(a) Roy and Diana Vagelos Program in Life Sciences & Management. This is a program for either College or Wharton students interested in management and scientific expertise for careers in pharmaceutical or biotechnology related industries. Application to this program starts at the admissions office website. (First class graduated in May 2010.) Beginning with the graduating class of 2013 it is a dual degree program in the College and Wharton.

(b) Roy and Diana Vagelos Scholars Program in the Molecular Life Sciences is entirely contained in the College of the School of Arts and Sciences. Students begin as first-years and major in two sciences or submatriculate for a MS in the standard four years. Students in this program plan to pursue scientific research careers. Scholars are invited from the admitted high school seniors at the beginning of April. (First class graduated in May 2002.)

(c) Roy and Diana Vagelos Science Challenge Award is given to outstanding undergraduates who are Biochemistry, Biophysics, Chemistry or Physics Majors in the submatriculation program in Chemistry or Physics. This Award is equal to the current tuition and fees and is awarded independent of financial need to about five students in May of each year.

(d) Roy and Marianthi Vagelos Scholarship was established by Roy and Diana Vagelos in memory of his parents. This is administered by Student Financial Aid.

(e) Vagelos Field Hockey Field, completed in 2013, is named for Ellen Vagelos C'90. She is a daughter of Roy and Diana Vagelos and currently works as an attorney in New York City.

(f) Vagelos Grant/Award for Undergraduate Research was formerly called the Nassau Grant and the President's Award for Undergraduate Research, respectively. This change in 2007 was a consequence of a "Roy Vagelos Innovation Grant Program" funded by a group of Trustees and friends led by Leonard A. Lauder of Estée Lauder Companies in 1999 to mark P. Roy Vagelos' tenure as chair of the Penn Board of Trustees. The Vagelos Grants provide support for undergraduate summer internships. The Vagelos Awards recognize outstanding completed undergraduate research projects. See the Center for Undergraduate Research and Fellowships (CURF).

(g) Vagelos Laboratory for First-year Chemistry is on the west side of the Chemistry teaching facility renovation project of 2009-2010. This is separate from the Building completed in 1997.

(h) Vagelos Integrated Program in Energy Research (VIPER) is a joint program between the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) and the College of Arts and Sciences. An emphasis is placed on starting students on the path to productive research careers in energy science and engineering. The first class entered September 2012, and graduated in May 2016.

At the University of Pennsylvania there are two endowed chairs (12) in the Chemistry Department and a Building that carries the Vagelos name. In 2015 and 2016 two additional faculty chairs and a Vagelos Institute for Energy Science and Technology were endowed.

He was a member of the Penn Board of Trustees from 1988-1995 and its Chair from 1995-1999.

In addition to his well known association with Merck (1975-1994), he attended medical school at Columbia, was on the Washington Unviersity (St. Louis) faculty, and resides in New Jersey. Diana Vagelos is a graduate of Barnard College. Thus, there are numerous buildings, chairs, and scholarships carrying the Vagelos name at other institutions as well. He is currently on the Regeneron Pharmaceuticals board.