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Mathematical Sciences Foundation Funds

The Mathematical Sciences department has several funds designed to help promote our goals and mission: to increase enthusiasm for studies in mathematics through community events, departmental activities and scholarships.

John M. Freeman Scholarship Fund (SCI 450)

John M. Freeman (1936-2012), known affectionately as "Jack", was a native Floridian and an Emeritus Professor at FAU. He received his Ph.D. in mathematics from MIT in 1963, and was a student of Gian-Carlo Rota in functional analysis. Jack was chair of the mathematics department when FAU admitted its first students in 1964, building the department from the ground up, and he served as chair until 1973. Jack was an early environmentalist, constantly saddened by the destruction he saw taking place around him. Although he produced important mathematical research and mentored many students, his proudest achievement was his leadership of the "I-95 Tree Rescue Project" in the early 1970s, during which a large number of native trees in the path of the highway were saved from destruction and brought to the FAU campus. Jack passed away on February 16, 2012. Please direct any donations for a scholarship in his honor to: FAU Foundation, SCI 450 with a note referencing the Jack Freeman Scholarship.

James Brewer Scholarship Fund (SCI 960)

Jim Brewer (1942-2006) earned his Ph.D. in Mathematics in 1968 from Florida State University and joined FAU's Mathematics department in 1985 as a full professor. He served as chair of the department for nine years, beginning in 1986. During his tenure, the department initiated its Ph.D. program and doubled the size of the faculty. He was an inspirational professor with a devotion to his students and their success that never wavered. He had the ability to connect with his students and inspire a love of learning in them. He co-authored, "Emmy Noether: A Tribute to her Life and Work," as well as several other books, including a textbook for the "Mathematics for Liberal Arts" courses offered by the department. Jim died while still on the faculty in 2006.

Julio Bastida Endowed Scholarship Fund (SCI 815)

Julio Bastida (1938-2001) earned his Ph.D. in 1963 from the University of Georgia and joined the Department in 1968. A highly cultured individual, fluent in six languages and with a deep appreciation for the finer things in life, he soon became one of the most popular instructors at FAU. He inspired loyalty among the many graduate students that had him as an advisor and directed the majority of the Department's early Master's theses, including the first. His area of expertise was algebra but he was enthusiastic about all areas of pure mathematics. He is the author of the excellent "Field Extensions and Galois Theory," published by Addison Wesley in their "Encyclopedia of Mathematics" series. His large collection of books, donated to FAU by his widow, became the seed of our departmental library.

Math Days Fund (SCI 880)

The Department of Mathematical Sciences offers a series of interrelated events designed to increase interest in mathematics, recognize mathematical excellence and inspire local elementary, middle and high school students to pursue careers in mathematics. For more detailed information on these events, please visit our Math Days: K-12 Programs page.

Mathematics Department Fund (SCI 450)

This general fund supports a variety of departmental events, including colloquia, seminars, conferences, and other meetings. Funds are also used to support undergraduate and graduate student activities, such as our honor society, Pi Mu Epsilon.


For information or to make a tax-deductible contribution:
Please indicate the fund you wish to contribute to on your check, make your check payable to: FAU Foundation
and mail to:

Emily Ann Cimillo, Budget Manager
Department of Mathematical Sciences, SE 232
Florida Atlantic University
777 Glades Road
Boca Raton, FL 33431
Phone: 561-297-3342
Email: ecimillo@fau.edu

Credit card donations can also be made online through our FAU Foundation webpage and selecting "Mathematical Sciences Department" from the drop down list under "Designations."

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