The Department of Mathematics is an internationally recognized leader in mathematical research and mathematical instruction innovation—particularly for its developments in inquiry-based learning, calculus, and its postdoctoral training, with the largest postdoctoral program of any university mathematics department in the country. The extent of and commitment to inquiry based learning, to the undergraduate research experience, and to the professional development of its graduate students and postdoctoral assistant professors sets the department apart. Moreover, for over 85 years, the Department of Mathematics has been one of the world’s premier research centers, consistently ranked in the top 10 and noted for the depth and breadth of its research and many important innovations. The challenge ahead is to maintain, in an extremely competitive environment, the quality of the department’s research and instructional programs, while simultaneously becoming increasingly interdisciplinary, so that its faculty can play leading roles in research endeavors in other disciplines—a development that is characterizing research in the 21st century. Our goal is to be recognized as one of the top five mathematics departments in the country, for excellence in both education and research.
To maintain its leadership role in research, expand its interdisciplinary programs, and enhance the student learning environment, the department depends heavily upon financial support from alumni and friends. The department must build on its strengths and ensure that gifted students have scholarship funds and faculty members have the resources they need to pursue research and offer an innovative curriculum. Also, our Inquiry Based Learning (IBL) program, the AIM (Applied and Interdisciplinary Mathematics) Program, and our renowned actuarial program need support to continue to flourish so future generations of students and faculty can benefit from them.
Gifts at Work
Generous donations from alumni and friends have helped the Department of Mathematics provide support to students at all levels, as well as a variety of activities within the department and as part of our community outreach.
Graduate Student Support
Cyril Cordor was awarded the Carroll V. Newsom Fellowship.
"The last two years as a Master’s student in the Marjorie Lee Browne program have been the most difficult of my academic career. Thus, I am very grateful to be recognized by the department for my efforts as a student and student instructor during these unprecedented times. This year, I am transitioning from the Master’s program into the Doctoral program. It is a significant, and hence anxious, step forward for me. So, receiving this scholarship instills some confidence in me that I have a chance to succeed and that the department is supportive of my efforts. That is why this award holds so much value to me.
Undergraduate Student Support
Katherine Bednarz received a Margaret S. Huntington Prize in Actuarial Outreach
"This award will greatly help me in paying for study materials for actuarial exams and for the exams themselves...I am very fortunate that your generosity will help me to focus on passing these exams and advancing my actuarial career. I am very proud to be part of the University of Michigan and its fantastic mathematics program."
Undergraduate Student Support
Adam Earnst received the Mathematics Alumni Scholarship.
"This award is incredibly representative of my time here at UM. It's intimidating entering a huge university with such an abundance of brilliant minds, students and professors alike. More than anything, I have been surprised by the level of support provided by those same individuals. This award is yet another example of the amazing support UM offers. I am excited to use this award money to pursue opportunities I may not have found possible: unpaid research internships, summer opportunities, and helping finance my tuition. Thank you!"
Areas of Impact and Need
Faculty and Research Support Initiatives
Junior Faculty Support Fund: Awarded for a term of five years, these positions will enable the Department of Mathematics to recruit and retain the finest emerging talent at Michigan. Awards will be made to junior faculty to support their research efforts as they build their careers at Michigan. $1M endowed/$50,000 annually for 5 years
Undergraduate Students and Programs
Alumni Scholarship Fund: This fund provides financial assistance to promising undergraduate students who may not have other means of support. Awards vary annually based on the amount given by donors.
Give online – fund 367313
Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU): Each year the department strives to provide experience in significant mathematical research to promising undergraduate students. These funds will provide summer support for our undergraduate students participating in the REU program.
Give online - fund 320774 (specify REU support)
Discretionary Program Support: Gifts to this fund have been used to support a variety of undergraduate initiatives including the Math Club, Women in Math program, undergraduate career and mentorship opportunities, and other areas of need. Funds are dispersed at the discretion of the Chair or Undergraduate Program Director.
Give online – fund 328516
Graduate Students and Programs
MLB Scholars: The Marjorie Lee Browne Scholars program is a bridge to PhD program that supports students from historically underrepresented populations as they pursue postsecondary education. The program provides full support to its students.
Fellowship Support: Fellowships to support our graduate students are an important part of our program. Offering robust financial stipends helps us to attract and retain some of the best and brightest students.
Give online – fund 309647
Alumni Scholarship Fund: This fund provides financial assistance to promising graduate students who may not have other means of support. Awards vary annually based on the amount given by donors.
Give online – fund 367313
Unrestricted Discretionary Funds
Mathematics Special Fund: The Mathematics Special Fund provides support to a wide variety of programs, activities and events within the department. Funds are also used for special faculty initiatives and support. Discretionary funds like this are important for developing and maintaining a robust academic climate in the department with community activities.
Give online – fund 339240
Mathematics Strategic Fund: The Strategic Fund provides support to a wide variety of programs, activities and events within the department at the discretion of the Chair. The fund helps to support faculty recruitment and retention, as well as other initiatives. It is an important resource for supporting research, faculty, and students at all levels.
Give online - fund 320774
Actuarial Program Support: The Curtis E. Huntington Honorary Fund endowment provides support to the students and activities in the department’s Actuarial Program. The funds are spent at the discretion of the chair and program director.
Give online – fund 572235
Math Corps: The Math Corps at the University of Michigan is a free Summer Camp for middle school students and high school mentors from the Ypsilanti area. The Math Corps is about more than math skills: we prioritize mentorship through a kids-teaching-kids model, providing a positive learning environment and a strong sense of family.
Give online – fund 335705
Math Circles: The Michigan Math Circle welcomes high school and middle school students to the Michigan Ann Arbor campus for lectures on and discussions about mathematics. There is also a Math Teachers Circle for educators in the area.
MMSS – Michigan Math and Science Scholars: The Michigan Math and Science Scholars is a program designed to introduce high school students to current developments and research in the sciences and to encourage the next generation of researchers to develop and retain a love of mathematics and science.
Give online - fund 415922
Area Specific Initiatives
MCAIM – Michigan Center for Applied and Interdisciplinary Mathematics: MCAIM has the broad aim of serving as the focal point for activities that integrate mathematics with the natural, biological and social sciences across the University. Funding is sought to grow the program’s outreach capabilities and program development.
Give online – fund 338580
IBL – Center for Inquiry Based Learning: Inquiry Based Learning emphasizes discovery, analysis and investigation to deepen students' understanding of the material and applications. This program trains faculty and graduate students in IBL methods, and conducts outreach and assessment.
Give online – fund 308184
AIM – Applied and Interdisciplinary Mathematics: The AIM doctoral degree program, which requires students to complete extensive course work in another discipline, is attracting a substantial number of bright students who are pursuing innovative research in various fields. This program maintains a vital link between mathematics and the life sciences initiative.
Give Online, by Mail, or Telephone
Each initiative described above has a link to online giving, also available here. You may also donate by phone (888.518.7888) or mail:
Department of Mathematics
University of Michigan
2074 East Hall, 530 Church Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1030
Please make your check payable to the University of Michigan and specify which fund you are supporting.Questions? Contact U-M Mathematics at email@example.com
Additional Giving Opportunities
To discuss these or other giving opportunities, including bequests, estate, or planned gifts, please contact Anna Thompson (LSA Advancement; firstname.lastname@example.org).