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Descriptions of current scholarships, fellowships, funding priorities and needs, and ways to help
OSU is in the midst of a major fundraising drive, Branding Success. One part of this is a donation by Boone Pickens of matching funds for scholarships. Scholarships for undergraduate and graduate students is an important need of the Department of Mathematics. In order to take advantage of the matching funds the donation must be at least $50,000. That is too large for most of our alumni and friends. The Department is able to pool the donations of many in order to reach the matching level as long as the donations are to a single endowment fund. Also donations do not have to be immediate but can be pledged and contributions made over the next five years. Pledges must be received by
Oct. 31, 2010 Feb. 26, 2011 (deadline extended).
Why Does The Mathematics Department Need Private Funds?
The department receives some funds through allocations from the university. Primarily these funds are used to support the teaching of classes. Currently the department has 31 regular faculty, approximately 32 graduate teaching associates, and 4 full-time staff positions. In addition the department employs from 4 to 8 lecturers each semester to teach lower division classes and employs from 25 to 35 students who work either in the office and at the MLRC. More than 97 percent of the allocation goes to salaries, wages and benefits. As the university has tried to stay competitive increases in state funding and tuition have gone to personnel costs and almost entirely to faculty and full-time staff. Consequently the maintenance portion of the budget has been essentially unchanged for 20 years. Further the funds for graduate teaching assistants were cut significantly in the 1990's and again in the early 2000's. The result has been larger classes and reduced support for faculty and graduate student research and travel to meetings. To be specific the department has $4,500 for travel. The cost to send one faculty member to the joint meetings (AMS-MAA-SIAM) in January was approximately $1,500. Other meetings are slightly less costly, but the reality is that allocated funds can only pay for five faculty to go on trips to meetings.