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Mathematics Programs that Make a Difference

The American Mathematical Society will 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.

Preference will be given to programs with significant participation by underrepresented minorities.

AMS Recognizes Mathematics Programs that Make a Difference

Please click on the citation year to see descriptions of the programs and links to their web sites.

2015: Center for Undergraduate Research in Mathematics(CURM) and
Pacific Coast Undergraduate Mathematics Conference (PCUMC)

2014:  Carleton College Summer Math Program and
Rice University Summer Institute of Statistics

2013:  Nebraska Conference for Undergraduate Women in Mathematics (NCUWM)

2012:  Mathematical Sciences Research Institute (MSRI)

2011:  Center for Women in Mathematics and the Center's Post-Baccalaureate Program, Smith College and
Department of Mathematics, North Carolina State University and

2010:  Department of Computational and Applied Mathematics (CAAM), Rice University and
Summer Program in Quantitative Sciences, Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) and

2009:  Department of Mathematics, University of Mississippi (Ole Miss) and
Department of Statistics, North Carolina State University (NCSU)

2008:  Summer Program in Research and Learning (Math SPIRAL), University of Maryland and
Summer Undergraduate Mathematical Science Research Institute (SUMSRI), Miami University (Ohio)

2007:  Enhancing Diversity in Graduate Education (EDGE), Bryn Mawr College and Spelman College and
Mathematical Theoretical Biology Institute (MTBI), Arizona State University

2006:  Graduate Program, Department of Mathematics, University of Iowa and
Summer Institute in Mathematics for Undergraduates (SIMU), Universidad de Puerto Rico, Humacao


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 the Associate Executive Director, Meetings & Professional Services, at or 1- 800-321-4267, ext. 4139.

Send nominations to by email to or by postal mail to:

Mathematics Programs that Make a Difference
c/o Associate Executive Director
Meetings & Professional Services
American Mathematical Society
201 Charles Street
Providence , RI 02904

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