Committee on the Profession
Award for 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.

Award Details
Preference will be given to programs with significant participation by underrepresented minorities.  Beginning in 2018, this recognition includes an award of $1,000.00 provided by the Mark Green and Kathryn Kert Green Fund for Inclusion and Diversity. One award will be made in 2018. The AMS Committee on the Profession selects the recipient.

Next Award
Spring 2018

Nomination Procedure
Letters of nomination may be submitted by one or more individuals. Nomination of the writer's own institution or program is permitted. The nomination should describe the specific program being nominated as well as the achievements that make the program an outstanding success, and 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. The non-winning nominations will automatically be reconsidered for the award to be presented over the next two years.

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

For more information about the nomination process, please contact the Director of Education and Diversity at or 1- 800-321-4267, ext. 4172.

Most Recent Award: 2017
The National Alliance for Doctoral Studies in the Mathematical Sciences, known as the Math Alliance, has been chosen to receive the 2017 Mathematics Programs that Make a Difference Award. Read the full citation here.

See previous awards

American Mathematical Society