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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.  Up to two programs are highlighted each year.

Next Award
Spring 2016

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 letter should address how the nominated program characterizes the three criteria listed above. 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 deadline for 2016 nominations was September 15, 2015. The non-winning nominations will automatically be reconsidered, without further updating, for the awards to be presented over the next two years.

For more information about the nomination process, please contact Dr. T. Christine Stevens, Associate Executive Director, AMS, at or 1- 800-321-4267, ext. 4130.
Send nominations to Dr. Stevens by email to or by postal mail to:
Mathematics Programs that Make a Difference
c/o Dr. T. Christine Stevens
American Mathematical Society
201 Charles Street
Providence , RI 02904

Most Recent Award: 2015
The Center for Undergraduate Research in Mathematics (CURM) at Brigham Young University and the Pacific Coast Undergraduate Mathematics Conference (PCUMC) have been chosen to receive the 2015 AMS Mathematics Programs that Make a Difference Award for their “significant efforts to encourage students from underrepresented groups to continue in the study of mathematics.”

See previous awards

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