Whitaker Center


 The Center provides programs and materials that stimulate interest and promote public awareness of local and global issues related to science, environment, engineering and mathematics.

The Whitaker Center works with all types of students in K-20 STEM education environments to engage them in inquiry, interdisciplinary learning, and research experiences. 


Outreach activities include

  • Public television and radio spots
  • Print and web publications
  • Public speaking engagements
  • Community seminars and workshops 
  • Support of University clubs and organizations 
  • Activities for public school children


  • Whitaker Center STEMinars 

  • STEM Undergraduate Research and Internship Symposium

  • STEM Perks

  • SunChase 


Current and Past Projects and Grants


Online Donation

Designate your donation to the Whitaker Center by choosing “Other” in the donation category and typing in “Whitaker Center” in the subsequent box.

Make Gift

Donation By Mail

Gift by check or money order - please make checks payable to “Florida Gulf Coast University Foundation, Inc.” and write “Whitaker Center” in the memo area to earmark your donation.

Florida Gulf Coast University Foundation, Inc.
10501 FGCU Boulevard, South
Fort Myers, FL 33965-6565

Specific Gift

Please contact the Whitaker Center to discuss specific program giving or any questions regarding supporting the Whitaker Center.


Meet the Whitaker Center Team

Dr. Brian Johnson
Interim Director, Whitaker Center
Office: WH 223
Phone: 239-590-1284
Dr. Derek Buzasi
Whitaker Center Eminent Scholar
Office: WH 225
Phone: 239-590-1285
E-mail: dbuzasi@fgcu.edu 
Debbie Boucher
Debbie Boucher
Administrative Assistant, Whitaker Center
Office: WH 225
Phone: 239-590-7444