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Department of Mathematics

Support USC Math

To support the activities of the USC Department of Mathematics, you may make a contribution at

To support the activities of the department in general, please designate Department of Mathematics, Acct. No. 1A3150. This account supports many activities for which state funds cannot be used, including:

  • the annual department fall potluck picnic for faculty
  • expenses connected with the annual High School Math Contest
  • a proposed new spring picnic or meal for the Pi Mu Epsilon/Gamecock Math Club
  • twice-weekly teas and a holiday drop-in
  • math awards at the USC High School Science Fair
  • colloquium refreshments and receptions
  • graduate student recruiting visits
  • retirement receptions
  • certain expenses for new faculty interviews
  • get well and sympathy cards and flowers
  • certain awards to staff and students

Several accounts, listed below, support scholarship awards selected by our Undergraduate Advisory Council. These funds have been supported principally by current and retired faculty. Faculty donations are up this year, both in number and in amount, which displays confidence in the program. However, outside donations, small or large, are essential to maintain these activities.

  • Acct. No. 1A3150 — Department of Mathematics
  • Acct. No. 1A3907 — Interdisciplinary Mathematics Institute
  • Acct. No. B11073 — Jeong S. Yang Endowed Scholarship Fund
  • Acct. No. B11095 — Thomas A. Markham Endowment Fund
  • Acct. No. 1B1123 — Wyman Williams Scholarship Fund
  • Acct. No. 1B1487 — James Bruce Coleman Mathematics Scholarship Fund
  • Acct. No. A31483 — Jagdish Prasad Srivastava Mathematics Scholarship Fund
  • Acct. No. B11130 — George Johnson Fellowship in Computational Mathematics
  • Acct. No. 1A3889 — Faculty Enrichment Fund
  • Acct. No. 1A3628 — Staff Enrichment Fund

There are many opportunities for donors who want to make a larger impact. Here are several ideas:

Endow an annual lecture or lecture series, in which a prominent international mathematician comes to speak. The lecture can be named for the donor (or a favorite professor) and widely publicized in advance.

Endow a chaired professorship, similar to the new Williams-Hedberg-Hedberg Chair, or a named instructorship, which is common at leading math departments.

Upgrade the conference room in LeConte (LC312), which is used for nearly every research seminar and thesis defense. It needs new chairs, state-of-the-art projection equipment, and better lighting. The room can be named.

Attach a lecture hall to LeConte suitable for large classes, colloquia, and public lectures. A foyer for large receptions could be included in the plans. Such a donation could serve as seed money for a larger renovation of the building for us or for development of appropriate space elsewhere on campus.

Endow regular teas (with snacks or cakes) for graduate students and faculty.

Endow the USC High School Math Contest, ensuring appropriate awards every year for the top six or eight finishers.

We are indebted to alumni and friends who have already stepped up this school year to help. Thanks for your support!

— Anton Schep, Chair