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Giving to Mathematics

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

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

Additional Giving Opportunities
Giving priorities are outlined on this document. To discuss these or other giving opportunities, including bequests, estate, or planned gifts, please contact Anna Wojan (LSA Advancement;