Thank Dr. Munson for his contributions to UD by making a gift in his honor

Burnaby Munson Funds

Burnaby Munson, beloved professor of chemistry since 1967 and former director of the Honors Program, is retiring at the end of this academic year. Dr. Munson is best known for his role in creating and building the Honors Program and the efforts he has taken to build close relationships with UD students through study breaks and support of residential peer mentors now known as "Munson Fellows" (formerly Dickinson and Russell Fellows).

Countless current and former students, faculty and staff members have been impacted by Dr. Munson's dedicated service to the University over the last 50 years.

Dr. Munson's Legacy

Dr. Munson generously established the following two endowed funds to support the efforts of the UD Honors Program. As a special way to honor Dr. Munson's retirement and thank him for his many contributions to UD, the University community is invited to make additional gifts to the following funds:

Burnaby Munson Fund for Honors Undergraduate Research

The income from this endowed fund will provide stipends to Honors students pursuing an Honors Degree with Distinction to remain on campus and focus on senior thesis research during winter session of the senior year.

Burnaby Munson Honors Program Faculty Engagement Fund

In keeping with the traditions created by Dr. Munson, the income from this endowed fund will support various faculty and student engagement initiatives, including a formal study break program for Honors Program students and staff and faculty/staff hosted dinners with Honors Program students.

Burnaby Munson

Dr. Munson will be notified of the names of all donors who make gifts to these funds, with the exception of those who wish to remain anonymous.

Special Instructions

To make a gift in honor of Dr. Munson, click the "Donate" button, then enter one of the following designations in the "Additional Instructions About My Donation" box:

  • Burnaby Munson Fund for Honors Undergraduate Research
  • Burnaby Munson Honors Program Faculty Engagement Fund

You're Invited

Please join Honors Program staff, faculty, and alumni on Saturday, June 3, for a celebration recognizing 40 years of the UD Honors Program and the retirement of Dr. Burnaby Munson! This celebration, which is free and open to all friends of Dr. Munson and UD Honors, will be held from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the West Lounge of the Perkins Student Center (formerly the site of the UD Bookstore.) Light refreshments will be served. Please let us know if you plan to attend by registering at or emailing

Thank you for being part of this effort to recognize and thank Dr. Munson!

Supported by 42 Donations:

  • James S.
    James S. '04
    Thank you for being such an incredible mentor and friend -- and during one of the most influential periods of my life.
  • Matthew R.
    Because Dr. Munson helped me to do research as an undergraduate at UD!
  • Marlene Y.
  • Katharine K.
    Burnaby, I loved working with you for 30 plus years. You are the heart of the Honors Program and we'll miss you!
  • Richard M.
    thank you for being a great professor, a friend, and for everything you've done for both the field of chemistry and udel! congrats on your retirement!
  • Martha  M.
    Martha M. '83
    Dr Munson - Thanks so much for all your help when I was at UD. It meant a lot and put me on the path to where I am today. You are terrific!
  • Sara G.
    Sara G. '05
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    Anonymous '86
  • Hilary K.
    Hilary K. '13
    I Gave $100
    Thank you for your dedication and service to the University of Delaware!
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    Anonymous '10
    It is a bleak day indeed knowing that my children will not receive the quality of education that Dr. Munson gave me.
  • Ray G.
    Ray G. '86
    I Gave $100
    Congratulations & thank you for all you've done for UD's students & supporters!
  • Jimmy M.
    Jimmy M. '13
  • Brian M.
    Brian M. '87
  • Lawrence P.
    Thanks Burnaby for all you've done for so many students. Your lessons and model continue to influence the way I teach & interact with my own students.
  • Avis R.
    Dr. Munson's "obligatory" snacks were a highlight of my 2 years in Russell. Thank you for your time and generosity. Happy retirement!
  • Brenda  M.
    Brenda M. '00
    I Gave $200
    Thank you, Dr. Munson, for all you did to create the true sense of community at UD and in the Honors Program. All the best to you in retirement!
  • Marcela O.
    As an honors student and a Russell Fellow, Dr. Munson's study breaks were always a great break during the week!
  • Jose P.
    Jose P. '88
    I Gave $150
    Congratulations Dr. Munson on a distinguished career. I still fondly remember the study breaks you used to sponsor freshmen year.
  • Alison M.
    Alison M. '05
    I Gave $50
    My undergraduate research experience was an amazing opportunity that I'm grateful for.
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    Anonymous '02
  • Stephen T.
  • Kathryn W.
    Dr. Munson made me feel like there was a special place at UD for people like me. I am grateful for everything he's done for students.
  • Melissa L.
    Dr. Munson's study breaks freshman year were a wonderful experience - we'd look forward to them every week! Thanks Dr. Munson!
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    Anonymous '15
  • Jeffrey H.
    Dr. Munson's classes and dedication to students remain one of my fondest memories of my UD experience.
  • Benjamin L.
    Dr. Munson is the paragon of mentors for innumerable students over the years, including myself. We cannot possibly thank you enough!
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    Anonymous '87
  • Eric B.
    Eric B. '80
    I Gave $1,000
    What an incredible life of contribution to generations of students.
  • Amy V.
    Amy V. '04
    I Gave $50
  • Shelby R.
    Shelby R. '17
    Thank you, Dr. Munson, for being an incredible resource for your students. You will be missed!