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Jan Pilko (center) and her husband, George (left) attend the 25th anniversary gala of the Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College, where they visited with Brady Bramlett, director of development for the Honors College. Jan Pilko has announced a $1.5 million planned gift to the Honors College as part of Giving Day 2024. Photo by Bill Dabney/UM Foundation

Alumna Commits Major Gift to Honors College

Pilko announces $1.5 million gift on Giving Day APRIL 16, 2024 BY TINA H. HAHN/UM DEVELOPMENT Janet Jones Pilko, of Houston, Texas, and Park City, Utah, is investing a $1.5 million planned gift in the future of the Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College at the University of Mississippi. Pilko, with her husband, George, announced their […]


Searights Make Major Gift to Enhance Student Support

IMPACT ON GRADUATE STUDENTS, NEW BUILDING FEBRUARY 7, 2024 BY TINA H. HAHN/UM DEVELOPMENT A Dallas, Texas, couple is helping strengthen the University of Mississippi’s academic reputation with a $250,000 gift for graduate student stipends and a matching gift of $162,500 for the Patterson School of Accountancy Building Fund. “Working with university leadership, we learned […]

University of Mississippi Grove Scholars

Grove Scholars Promotes Equity

Investments Sought to Expand Proven UM Program JANUARY 8, 2024 BY TINA H. HAHN/UM DEVELOPMENT The University of Mississippi Grove Scholars program — which helps Mississippians from underrepresented demographic groups earn degrees in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) or health care — is growing in numbers as it enriches lives and makes the state’s […]

Ken Lackey of Tulsa, Oklahoma, and his wife, Carol

Encouraging Advanced Education

Couple’s Gift Establishes Fund to Support Doctoral Students in Mathematics NOVEMBER 27, 2023 BY BILL DABNEY/UM FOUNDATION With a $100,000 gift, University of Mississippi alumnus Ken Lackey of Tulsa, Oklahoma, and his wife, Carol, hope to enhance UM’s R1 mission by supporting doctoral stipends for students in the Department of Mathematics. The couple’s gift establishes […]

Alex Mobley

Oxford Student Makes Voter Registration Honor Roll

Alex Mobley among 175 recognized nationally for efforts and success JUNE 2, 2023 BY EDWIN B. SMITH The ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge has named University of Mississippi sophomore Alex Mobley to its 2023 Student Voting Honor Roll for his efforts to register new voters. The Chinese and mathematics major from Oxford is among 175 […]


Shaping the Future

Cartiers Support Mathematics, Honors College APRIL 19, 2023 BY TINA HAHN Dana and Adrian Cartier of St. Louis, Missouri — who believe mathematics offers the key to success for many fields — are committed to giving the next generation of University of Mississippi students the tools they need to thrive. The two alumni gave a […]

Alyssa Stoner

Three UM Students Win Goldwater Scholarships

Prestigious STEM scholarships awarded to Mississippi natives APRIL 3, 2023 BY ERIN GARRETT For the second year in a row, three University of Mississippi students have been awarded Goldwater Scholarships in a single year. All native Mississippians, Christian Boudreaux, of Oxford; Noah Garrett, of Madison; and Alyssa Stoner, of Gulfport are the university’s 22nd, 23rd […]

Martial Longla (left), associate professor of mathematics, and three Ole Miss doctoral students – Kanchana Madhumali Gamlat Esweda Gamladdalage, Mathias Muia and Mous-Abou Hamadou

Mathematics Students Shine at National Meetings

Doctoral candidates present papers, network at American Mathematical Society meetings MARCH 12, 2023 BY ERIN GARRETT The American Mathematical Society has awarded travel grants to several University of Mississippi doctoral students to discuss the advancements made in their mathematics research. Mous-Abou Hamadou, Mathias Muia and Kanchana Madhumali Gamlat Esweda Gamladdalage presented research in Chattanooga, Tennessee, […]

Mathematics professor Ayla Gafni teaches a class in Hume Hall. Gafni, who is involved in cutting-edge research in number theory, has been awarded a $210,430 fellowship that will enable her to work with a world-class research group at UCLA. Photo by Robert Jordan/Ole Miss Digital Imaging Services

Math Professor Awarded National Science Foundation EPSCoR Fellowship

Ayla Gafni and doctoral student to learn from ‘Mozart of Math’ at UCLA FEBRUARY 9, 2023 BY DEBBIE NELSON AND JASON HALE Ayla Gafni, assistant professor of mathematics at the University of Mississippi, has been named a research fellow by the National Science Foundation‘s Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research, known as EPSCoR. Her fellowship […]

Rizwanur Khan

Professor Awarded CAREER Grant to Study Pure Mathematics

$400,000 National Science Foundation grant to fund research of L-functions, high school outreach DECEMBER 21, 2022 BY CLARA TURNAGE The mathematics behind prime numbers, which have been studied since the time of the ancient Greeks and which form the foundation of secure data transfer in computer science, is dictated by a highly complex set of […]