Increasing Diversity in the Mathematical Sciences

Increasing Diversity


The AMS is committed to fostering efforts to support the hiring, retention and promotion of women and underrepresented minorities at all levels of academia and in industry. Members, both individual and institutional, are urged to examine their policies and procedures to find ways to facilitate careers in mathematics for traditionally underrepresented groups.

Below you'll find information on programs and activities of the AMS and other organizations aimed at improving diversity and inclusion throughout the mathematical sciences.

The AMS Education and Diversity Department

In 2016, the AMS created the Education and Diversity Department with an initial focus on diversity at the graduate level in the mathematical sciences.
Read the article in the Notices of the AMS on the AMS Director of Education and Diversity.
Explore the Education and Diversity Department's webpage.

Award-Winning Programs

These programs are models of success for engaging and mentoring students in the pursuit of high-level mathematics.
Mathematics Programs that Make a Difference. Since 2006, the AMS has highlighted programs that aim either to bring women and persons from underrepresented backgrounds into the pipeline beginning at the undergraduate level and leading to an advanced degree in mathematics, or retain them in the pipeline.
Exemplary Program or Achievement in a Mathematics Department. This AMS award recognizes a department that 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.
All Girls/All Math. The Summer Mathematics Camp for High School Girls at the University of Nebraska - Lincoln provides a stimulating and supportive environment for girls to develop their mathematical ability and interest, and has received an AMS Epsilon Fund Grant frequently since 2000.
NSF Institutional Transformation Awardees. The goal of the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) ADVANCE program is to increase the representation and advancement of women in academic science and engineering careers, thereby contributing to the development of a more diverse science and engineering workforce.

Advancing Research and Careers

These programs offer fellowships, grants, or awards in the mathematical sciences.
Association for Women in Mathematics (AWM) Programs. Programs, fellowships, travel and mentoring grants, awards, and information on mentoring for women in mathematics.
Development Fund for Black Students in Science and Technology. Provides scholarships to African-American undergraduate students enrolled in scientific or technical fields of study at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs).
ExxonMobil LOFT Fellowships. Fellowships in STEM fields (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) for Hispanic college students.
Ford Foundation Diversity Fellowships. Annual fellowships available for pre-doctoral, dissertation, and post-doctoral levels, which aim to increase the diversity of the nation's college and university faculties.
L'Oréal USA For Women in Science Fellowship Program. This program annually recognizes and rewards five U.S.-based post-doctoral women researchers for their outstanding contributions in science, technology, engineering and math fields.
McNair Scholars Program. Prepares undergraduate students for doctoral studies through involvement in research and other scholarly activities so as to increase graduate degree awards for students from underrepresented segments of society.
Presidential Awards for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring (PAESMEM). This program seeks to identify outstanding mentoring efforts that enhance the participation of groups underrepresented in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.
Sloan Career Cornerstone Center. A listing of programs for underrepresented minorities and women that focus on science, engineering, mathematics, and medicine, including information on university resources, summer programs, pre-college programs, scholarship opportunities, and professional association support, including the Sloan Indigenous Graduate Partnership and the Sloan Minority Ph.D. Program.
The Sloan Foundation offers special scholarships to underrepresented minority students who are beginning their doctoral work in engineering, the natural sciences, or mathematics.
Under the Microscope where women and science connect, from the Feminist Press.
Women and Mathematics Program at the Institute for Advanced Study.

Success Stories

The sites below include profiles of well- and lesser-known mathematicians and two blogs by and for underrepresented professionals and students in the mathematical sciences.
Women Doing Mathematics. A poster and web page from the AMS.
AWM Essay Contest: Biographies of Contemporary Women in Mathematics. An annual contest sponsored by AWM and Math for America to increase awareness of women's ongoing contributions to the mathematical sciences.
Biographies of Women Mathematicians. An ongoing project at Agnes Scott College that illustrates the achievements of women in the field of mathematics.
Mathematicians of the African Diaspora. Exhibits the accomplishments of mathematicians from Africa and the African Diaspora.
SUMMA Archival Record. Pictures and biographies of PhDs in mathematics and mathematics education who are members of minority groups (SUMMA stands for Strengthening Underrepresented Minority Mathematics Achievement, and is a program of the MAA).
The eMentoring Network in the Mathematical Sciences Blog. Edited by Ricardo Cortez and Dagan Karp, with contributions by Erika Camacho, Rebecca Garcia, Edray Goins, Mohamed Omar, Talithia Williams, and students who attend the SACNAS conference.
inclusion/exclusion. A blog about underrepresented groups in mathematics, edited by Adriana Salerno (editor-in-chief), Edray Herber Goins, Piper Harron, Brian P. Katz, and Luis Leyva. The main goal of this blog is to discuss issues pertaining to marginalized and underrepresented groups in mathematics.

Data on the Profession

These survey reports include information on students, faculty, and hiring in mathematical sciences departments in the U.S.
Annual Survey of the Mathematical Sciences collects information each year from departments in the mathematical sciences at four-year colleges and universities in the U.S. The survey is a source for recent data concerning hiring, retention, and promotion in mathematics.
CBMS Survey. A national survey of undergraduate mathematical and statistical sciences in the nation's universities and colleges (four-year and two-year).

Organizations that Promote Diversity

These organizations serve individuals in the mathematical sciences.
American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES), which works to increase representation of American Indians and Alaskan Natives in STEM studies and careers.
American Mathematical Society, including its Exemplary Program or Achievement in a Mathematics Department Award, Programs That Make a Difference Award, programs and services.
American Statistical Association, including its Diversity in Statistics Mentoring Program.
The Association for Women in Mathematics (AWM)
The Conference for African-American Researchers in the Mathematical Sciences (CAARMS)
The Joint Committee on Women in the Mathematical Sciences (JCW).
Mathematical Association of America (MAA), including its National Research Experience for Undergraduates Program (NREUP).
National Alliance for Doctoral Studies in Mathematics.
National Association of Mathematicians, a professional organization that promotes excellence in the mathematical sciences and the mathematical development of underrepresented minorities.
Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS)
Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM), including its Workshop Celebrating Diversity Program.

See also

Awards, Fellowships & Other Opportunities
AMS for Students
Employment Services
Career Information

Banner photos: (left to right) Invited Address speaker Suzanne Weekes, flash mob human knot construction, and Invited Address speaker Laura DeMarco at the Joint Mathematics Meetings--photos by Sandy Huffaker--and student poster presenters at the SACNAS National Conference--photo by Annette Emerson.

For more information, email Helen Grundman, Director of Education and Diversity

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