Mathematics Programs that Make a Difference

This Award for Mathematics Programs that Make a Difference was established in 2005 by the AMS's Committee on the Profession to compile and publish a series of profiles of programs that:
  1. 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;
  2. have achieved documentable success in doing so; and
  3. are replicable models.

About this Award

Beginning with the 2018 award, one program is selected each year and it receives $1,000.00 provided by the Mark Green and Kathryn Kert Green Fund for Inclusion and Diversity. The AMS Committee on the Profession selects the recipient.

Preference is given to programs with significant participation by underrepresented minorities. Note that programs aimed at pre-college students are eligible only if there is a significant component of the program benefiting individuals from underrepresented groups at or beyond the undergraduate level.

Most Recent Award: 2019

The 2019 Mathematics Program that Make a Difference award was given to the Women and Mathematics Program at the Institute for Advanced Study (WAM) for its outstanding program of encouraging women to pursue advanced study and careers in mathematics. Read the profile about the WAM program.

Award announcement as seen in Notices of the AMS and in the news release.

See previous winners

Next Award:  2023

Nomination Deadline:  15 September 2020

Nomination Procedure:  The letter of nomination should describe the specific program being nominated and the achievements that make the program an outstanding success. It should include clear and current evidence of that success. The letter of nomination should not exceed two pages, with supporting documentation not to exceed three more pages. Up to three supporting letters may be included in addition to these five pages. Nomination of the writer's own institution or program is permitted. Non-winning nominations will automatically be reconsidered for the award for the next two years.

Send nominations by email or by postal mail to:
Mathematics Programs that Make a Difference
c/o Associate Executive Director
American Mathematical Society
201 Charles Street
Providence, RI 02904

For more information about the nomination process, email or call: 800-321-4267, ext. 4088