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Section Program Committees

General Description

There are four such committees for sectional meetings:

  1. Eastern
  2. Central
  3. Western
  4. Southeastern

Principal Activities

The Committee selects Invited Speakers for the AMS meetings of that Section and participates in the choice of organizers and subjects for special sessions but ordinarily leaves the administration of this part of the program to the Associate Secretary.

The Committee generates symposia.

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.

Other Activities

The Committee is available to assist the Associate Secretary, as by refereeing, in difficult cases concerning the acceptance of contributed papers.

Miscellaneous Information

The following passage, directed to the Program Committee, applies equally well to these selection committees.

Invited addresses should emphasize very high level exposition and should be designed for fully trained mathematicians. The emphasis in choosing speakers should be on the quality of talk. The search for good young speakers should be pursued. The Program Committee should make systematic efforts to gather suggestions for speakers

At the April 1989 Council meeting, the name of this committee was changed. It was previously known as the Committee to Select Hour Speakers for the __________ Section.

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.