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AMS Prizes recognize outstanding achievement in mathematical research.

  • George David Birkhoff Prize in Applied Mathematics More information
    • For an outstanding contribution to applied mathematics in the highest and broadest sense.
    • Amount: $5,000
    • Frequency: every three years
    • Next prize: January 2015
  • Bôcher Memorial Prize More information
    • For a notable paper in analysis published during the preceding six years.
    • Amount: $5,000
    • Frequency: every three years
    • Next prize: January 2017
  • Frank Nelson Cole Prize in Algebra More information
    • For a notable paper in algebra published during the preceding six years
    • Amount: $5,000
    • Frequency: every three years
    • Next prize: January 2015
  • Frank Nelson Cole Prize in Number Theory More information
    • For a notable paper in number theory published during the preceding six years.
    • Amount: $5,000
    • Frequency: every three years
    • Next prize: January 2017
  • Levi L. Conant Prize More information
    • Recognizes the best expository paper published in either the Notices of the AMS or the Bulletin of the AMS in the preceding five years
    • Amount: $1,000
    • Frequency: every year
    • Next prize: January 2015
  • Joseph L. Doob Prize More information
    • Recognizes a single, relatively recent, outstanding research book that makes a seminal contribution to the research literature, reflects the highest standards of research exposition, and promises to have a deep and long-term impact in its area. The book must have been published within the six calendar years preceding the nomination year.
    • Amount: $5,000
    • Frequency: every three years
    • Next prize: January 2017
  • Leonard Eisenbud Prize for Mathematics and Physics More information
    • Honors a work or group of works that brings the mathematics and physics fields closer together.
    • Amount: $5,000
    • Frequency: every three years
    • Next prize: January 2017
  • Delbert Ray Fulkerson Prize More information
    • For outstanding papers in the area of discrete mathematics
    • Amount: Up to three awards of $1,500 each
    • Frequency: every three years
    • Next prize: August 2015
    • This prize is awarded jointly with the Mathematical Programming Society (MPS)
  • E. H. Moore Research Article Prize More information
    • For an outstanding research article to have appeared in one of the AMS primary research journals
    • Amount: $5,000
    • Frequency: every three years
    • Next prize: January 2016
  • Frank and Brennie Morgan Prize for Outstanding Research in Mathematics by an Undergraduate Student More information
    • To an undergraduate student (or students having submitted joint work) for outstanding research in mathematics.
    • Amount: up to three awards of $1,200 each
    • Frequency: every year
    • Next prize: January 2015
    • This prize is awarded jointly with the Mathematical Association of America (MAA) and the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM)
  • David P. Robbins Prize More information
    • For a paper with the following characteristics:  it shall report on novel research in algebra, combinatorics or discrete mathematics and shall have a significant experimental component; and it shall be on a topic which is broadly accessible and shall provide a simple statement of the problem and clear exposition of the work.
    • Amount: $5,000
    • Frequency: every three years
    • Next prize: January 2016
  • Ruth Lyttle Satter Prize in Mathematics More information
    • To recognize an outstanding contribution to mathematics research by a woman in the previous six years.
    • Amount: $5,000
    • Frequency: every two years
    • Next prize: January 2015
  • Leroy P. Steele Prize for Lifetime Achievement More information
    • For the cumulative influence of the total mathematical work of the recipient, high level of research over a period of time, particular influence on the development of a field, and influence on mathematics through Ph.D. students
    • Amount: $5,000
    • Frequency: every year
    • Next prize: January 2015
  • Leroy P. Steele Prize for Mathematical Exposition More information
    • For a book or substantial survey or expository-research paper
    • Amount: $5,000
    • Frequency: every year
    • Next prize: January 2015
  • Leroy P. Steele Prize for Seminal Contribution to Research More information
    • For a paper, whether recent or not, that has proved to be of fundamental or lasting importance in its field, or a model of important research
    • Amount: $5,000
    • Frequency: every year
    • Next prize: January 2015
  • Oswald Veblen Prize in Geometry More information
    • Recognizes a notable research memoir in geometry or topology published in the preceding six years
    • Amount: $5,000
    • Frequency: every three years
    • Next prize: January 2016
  • Albert Leon Whiteman Memorial Prize More information
    • The Whiteman Prize recognizes notable exposition and exceptional scholarship in the history of mathematics.
    • Amount: $5,000
    • Frequency: every three years
    • Next prize: January 2015
  • Norbert Wiener Prize in Applied Mathematics More information
    • For an outstanding contribution to applied mathematics in the highest and broadest sense.
    • Amount: $5,000
    • Frequency: every three years
    • Next prize: January 2016
    • This prize is awarded jointly with the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM)

AMS Awards recognize outstanding achievement in mathematics, exceptional public service in support of research and education in the mathematical sciences, and significant contributions to the public understanding of mathematics.

  • Award for Impact on the Teaching and Learning of Mathematics More information
    • Award is given to a mathematician (or group of mathematicians) who has made significant contributions of lasting value to mathematics education.
    • Amount: $1,000
    • Frequency: every year
    • Next award: Spring 2015
  • Centennial Fellowships More information
    • Awarded primarily for the excellence of the candidate's research
    • Amount: varies annually
    • Frequency: every year
    • Next award: June 2014
  • JPBM Communications Award More information
    • To reward and encourage communicators who, on a sustained basis, bring mathematical ideas and information to nonmathematical audiences
    • Amount: $1,000
    • Frequency: every year
    • Next award: January 2015
    • This is awarded jointly with the Mathematical Association of America (MAA), Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM), and the American Statistical Association (ASA)
  • Epsilon Awards for Young Scholars Programs More information
    • To help support existing summer programs for mathematically talented high school students
    • Amount: $2,500 - $15,000
    • Frequency: every year
    • Next award: March 2015
  • Exemplary Program or Achievement in a Mathematics Department Award More information
    • Recognizes a department which has distinguished itself by undertaking an unusual or particularly effective program of value to the mathematics community, internally or in relation to the rest of society
    • Amount: Up to $5,000
    • Frequency: every year
    • Next award: spring 2015
  • Mathematical Art Exhibition Award More information
    • To acknowledge those whose works demonstrate the beauty and elegance of mathematics expressed in a visual art form.
    • Amount: $400 for best photograph, painting, or print; $400 for best textile, sculpture, or other medium; $200 for one honorable mention.
    • Frequency: every year
    • Next award: January 2015
  • Mathematics Programs that Make a Difference Award More information
    • To programs that aim to bring more persons from underrepresented backgrounds into some portion of the pipeline beginning at the undergraduate level and leading to advanced degrees in mathematics and professional success, or retain them once in the pipeline; have achieved documentable success in doing so; and are replicable models.
    • Frequency: every year
    • Next award: Spring 2015
  • Karl Menger Memorial Award More information
    • To pre-college students in mathematics as well as mathematically-oriented projects in computer science, physics, and engineering at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF).
    • Frequency: every year
    • Next award: June 2015
  • Public Policy Award More information
    • To recognize a public figure for sustained and exceptional contributions to public policies that foster support for research, education, and innovation
    • Frequency: every year starting in 2014
  • Award for Distinguished Public Service More information
    • To a research mathematician who has made a distinguished contribution to the mathematics profession during the preceding five years
    • Amount: $4,000
    • Frequency: every two years
    • Next award: January 2016
  • Public Service Citation More information
    • To provide encouragement and recognition for contributions to public service activities in support of mathematics.
    • The award is no longer being made.
  • Public Service Award More information
    • This award was established in 1999 by the American Mathematical Society (AMS), the American Astronomical Society (AAS), and the American Physical Society (APS) to recognize a public figure for his or her sustained and exceptional contributions to public policies that foster support for research, education, and industrial innovation in the physical sciences and mathematics.
    • As of January 2007, the AMS no longer participates in this award, but instead offers the AMS Public Policy Award.
  • Waldemar J. Trjitzinsky Memorial Awards More information
    • To assist students who have declared a major in mathematics at a college or university that is an institutional member of the AMS. These funds help support students who lack adequate financial resources and who may be in danger of not completing the degree program in mathematics for financial reasons.
    • Amount: $3,000
    • Frequency: every year
    • Next award: Fall 2014

AMS also supports some prizes and awards given by other organizations.

  • National Academy of Sciences Award in Mathematics More information
    • For excellence of research in the mathematical sciences published within the past ten years
    • Amount: $5,000
    • Frequency: every four years
    • Next award: 2016
    • This is awarded jointly with the National Academy of Sciences (NAS).
  • AMS Award for Outstanding Pi Mu Epsilon Student Paper Presentation More information
    • Recognize the best student paper(s) presented at a PME student paper session
    • Frequency: annual
    • Next award: 2014
    • This is awarded jointly with Pi Mu Epsilon (PME) and the American Statistical Association (ASA).
  • Beal Prize More information
    • For either a proof or a counterexample of the Beal Conjecture that is published in a refereed journal
    • Frequency: one time
  • Stefan Bergman Prize More information
    • Awards are made in either: 1) the theory of the kernel function and its applications in real and complex analysis; or 2) function-theoretic methods in the theory of partial differential equations of elliptic type with attention to Bergman's operator method.
    • Amount: one year’s income from the prize fund
    • Frequency: every year or two
  • Leonard M. and Eleanor B. Blumenthal Award for the Advancement of Research in Pure Mathematics More information
    • To the individual deemed to have made the most substantial contribution in research in the field of pure mathematics, and who is deemed to have the potential for future production of distinguished research in such field
    • Amount: net income from the trust
    • Frequency: every four years
    • Next award: 2017
  • The Automatic Theorem Proving Prize More information
    • The Fredkin Foundation established three prizes in Automatic Theorem Proving (ATP). In the mid-1980s the Foundation asked the AMS to appoint a formal ATP prize committee and to take over the administration of the awards. Since support for these prizes has been withdrawn, currently there are no plans to make future awards.

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Photos from the 2014 Prizes and Awards session at the Joint Mathematics Meeting in Baltimore, Maryland.