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Mary P. Dolciani Prize for Excellence in Research

The AMS Mary P. Dolciani Prize for Excellence in Research recognizes a mathematician from a department that does not grant a Ph.D. who has an active research program in mathematics and a distinguished record of scholarship. The primary criterion for the prize is an active research program as evidenced by a strong record of peer-reviewed publications.

Additional selection criteria may include the following:

  • Evidence of a robust research program involving undergraduate students in mathematics;
  • Demonstrated success in mentoring undergraduates whose work leads to peer reviewed publication, poster presentations, or conference presentations;
  • Membership in the AMS at the time of nomination and receipt of the award is preferred but not required.

About this Prize

This prize is funded by a grant from the Mary P. Dolciani Halloran Foundation. Mary P. Dolciani Halloran (1923-1985, pictured) was a gifted mathematician, educator, and author. She devoted her life to developing excellence in mathematics education and was a leading author in the field of mathematical textbooks at the college and secondary school levels. Read more about her and the Foundation.

The prize amount is $5000, awarded every other year for five award cycles.

Most Recent Prize: 2023

Diana M. Thomas receives the 2023 Mary P. Dolciani Prize for Excellence in Research for her outstanding research at the interface of mathematics with nutrition and obesity as well as her work in number theory, combinatorics, and dynamical systems. She brings her joy for mathematical research to undergraduate students across disciplines providing previously untapped student populations, especially first-generation students, with novel research and career opportunities.

Prize announcement as seen in the news release.

See previous winners

Next Prize:  January 2025

Nomination Period:  1 February - 31 May

Nomination Procedure: 

Nominations should include a letter of nomination, the nominee's CV, and a short citation to be used in the event that the nomination is successful.

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