The department continues to be the recipient of generous donations for a variety of purposes. We list below
some of the notable donations in reverse chronological order. If you want to know more about donations you
could contact the head of the department [head(at)math.ubc.ca].
Donations to augment existing awards would often be very helpful.
The Mathematics Outreach Endowment Fund was established by
significant donations in 2004 and 2005, from Prof. George Bluman and
his wife Cynthia Bluman, to help support and enhance outreach
activities of the department, many of them initiated by Prof. Bluman.
The fund currently totals about $150,000 with a number of donations
each year from alumni. For some of our outreach activities, the
university matches annual income from this Fund. Funds are used to
support expenses associated with the UBC Math Circle for metro
Vancouver high school students, the marking of math contests and the
annual activity day for the top BC high school students and
teachers. In the future, as this Fund increases, it is intended to
expand these activities to include support for UBC students working
with aboriginal students and for honouring outstanding math teachers
in BC schools.
An anonymous gift in 2011 from an alumnus totalling $75,000 over 5 years to support entrance
scholarships for secondary school students with strong Mathematics preparation. The criteria the department
will select the recipients may be partly based on significant participation in the UBC Math Circle and contest results as well. The awards will be given in such
a way as to aid in recruitment of top students but not necessarily expecting the students to
A gift from the James and Donna-Mae Moore Foundation in 2010 to support a $10,000 per year
(for four years) James A. Moore major entrance scholarship as well as a $15,000 per year
(for two years) James A. Moore Memorial scholarship for a top student in Math Honours combined
with Chemistry, Physics or Biology. James Moore passed away in 2003 and his wife Donna-Mae Moore
directed this donation to UBC. James Moore was an Honours Mathematics and Chemistry graduate from
UBC in 1932 and returned for a MA in 1939. He helped set up the College system in BC and was the
chair of Mathematics and Sciences at Langara College until his retirement in 1974.
A gift totalling $2,000,000 from David Cheriton in 2010 to the Carl Wieman Science Education Initiative of
which $1,000,000 was earmarked for work in Mathematics. David Cheriton who is a Computer Science
professor at Stanford University graduated with BSc in Mathematics from UBC in 1973. He is widely
credited with helping establish the Internet search giant Google. Our 2010 newsletter has an interview
with David Cheriton.
A gift of $23,616 in 2009 from the estate of M. Gweneth Humphreys has been used to outfit our new graduate student centre with furniture. She graduated with an Honours degree in Mathemtics from UBC in 1932 and was winner of the Governor Generals Gold Medal. She received her Ph.D. from University of Chicago at age 23. She had a distinguished career, the bulk of which was at Randolf-Macon Woman's College (now called Randolf College) in Virginia.
A gift of $100,000 plus residuals in 2008 from the estate of Joy Gertrude Palmer Helders to endow the
Reginald Palliser-Wilson Scholarships. The identity of Reginald Palliser-Wilson was not given. Joy
Helders passed away in 2008. Her husband John Helders passed away in 2001. He taught Mathematics at
Chilliwack AFB. She graduated from UBC in 1935 with a BA. Her obituary makes the following interesting
statement: Joy wrote a poem in 1927 and submitted it to Harper's Magazine that was published under the pseudonym of "Daphne Palliser".
A gift of $100,000 in 2005 to endow the James Collison Memorial Scholarship from the Madison Group. James
Collison had an interest in varsity athletics and also flying and this is reflected in part of the selection
criteria for the award.
A gift of $19,000 in 2002 from the estate of Ivan Niven has been used to endow the Niven Memorial Lecture Series. This lecture series typically consists of one lecture targeting Undergraduates and one more advanced lecture. Ivan Niven was an internationally respected Mathematician who was born in Vancouver in 1915. He graduated with a BSc in Mathematics from UBC in 1934. An article from the UBC Totem refers to a Mathematics lecture in the Math Club he gave as an undergraduate. The bulk of his distinguished career was at the University of Oregon (1947-1982). He was president of the Mathematics Association of America 1982-83 and in 1989 was given MAA's highest honour, the Award of Distinguished Service.