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Karl Menger Memorial Awards Selection Committee

General Description

Term is three years beginning 01 June of the year of appointment and ending on 31 May, three years later. The members of the committee are appointed by the President.

Principal Activities

The committee will travel to the International Science and Engineering Fair which usually takes place in May to judge mathematically-oriented projects and award first, second and third place prizes. In particular the committee will:

  1. Travel to events and coordinate judging activities on site;
  2. Propose AMS prize participation in other events;
  3. Propose appropriate use of the Menger Awards;
  4. Encourage more AMS participation in education of precollege students for careers in mathematical sciences; and
  5. Ensure that the Karl Menger Memorial Awards Selection Committee activities are announced properly.

Statement on Equity, Diversity and Inclusion
(as adopted by the April 2019 Council)

The American Mathematical Society is committed to promoting and facilitating equity, diversity and inclusion throughout the mathematical sciences. For its own long-term prosperity as well as that of the public at large, our discipline must connect with and appropriately incorporate all sectors of society. We reaffirm the pledge in the AMS Mission Statement to "advance the status of the profession of mathematics, encouraging and facilitating full participation of all individuals," and urge all members to conduct their professional activities with this goal in mind.

Further Information

The family members of the late Karl Menger were the major contributors to a fund established at Duke University; the majority of the income from this fund is to be used by the Society for awards that are presented annually at the International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF). The Menger Award is awarded each year to winners of the math competition at ISEF. The Karl Menger Memorial Awards Committee serves as a committee of judges and is usually chaired by a judge from the past year. Awards are as follows: one first-place award of \$2,000; two second-place awards of \$1000; and four third-place awards of \$500.

The committee is supported by staff in the Membership and Programs Department who assist with communications with ISEF, travel reimbursement, and follow-up communications. On site, the work and communications of the committee are directed by the chair.

Miscellaneous Information

This committee has been designated at LEVEL B. When a new chair is needed, the second-year member is usually appointed to allow for the possibility of serving in the subsequent year either as chair or as consultant to the new chair.

Note to the Chair

Committee chairs should be informed, at the beginning of each fiscal period, of the budget of their committees and cautioned to remain within the budget. Such items as travel reimbursement, accommodations, and meals for guests of any kind fall within these budgets.

For the purpose of archiving the committee activities, the Secretary maintains a central file system for archiving committee records. Committee Chairs are asked to submit committee records on yearly basis. Chairs can submit material at their discretion, and some materials that they may wish to provide are meeting minutes, agenda, and emails. Confidential material should be noted, so that it can be handled in a confidential manner.


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