Raymond Fong was a graduate student in the Department of Biological Sciences from 1986 to 1993. At the time of his death in July 1993, he was in the process of writing his thesis. He was awarded the PhD posthumously in December 1993.

This seminar series is funded by a generous gift from his family and contributions from many friends, especially his college classmates. It recognizes the important contributions that all graduate students make to the scholarly life of the department, the university, and the scientific community.