Mathematics Research Communities

About the Mathematics Research Communities Program

MRC participants The AMS’s Mathematics Research Communities (MRC) is a professional development program offering early-career mathematicians a rich array of opportunities to develop collaborative research skills, build a network focused in an active research domain, and receive mentoring from leaders in that area. Funded through a generous three-year grant from the National Science Foundation, the AMS, and private donors, the MRC is a year-long experience that includes:

  • Intensive one-week, hands-on research conferences in the summer;
  • Special Sessions at the AMS-MAA Joint Mathematics Meetings in the January following the summer conferences;
  • Guidance in career building;
  • Follow-up small-group collaborations;
  • Longer-term opportunities for collaboration and community building among the participants;

Full RenderingOver time, each participant is expected to provide feedback regarding career development and the impact of the MRC program.

Women, underrepresented minorities, and individuals from various types of institutions across the country are all encouraged to apply. The chief criteria for admission are an ability to contribute to the summer conference activities and a capacity to benefit from these interactions.

Since the inception of the MRC program in 2008, over 1,400 alumni from 43 different topical areas have participated. A list of all past MRC summer conference topics can be found here.

The topics for the 2020 summer conferences, which have been rescheduled to 2021 because of the COVID-19 outbreak, are listed here.

The summer conferences are typically hosted in consecutive weeks in June at a retreat-style site that is conducive to participant interactions and provides opportunities to enjoy the outdoors. To this point in time, MRCs have been hosted in such locations as Snowbird, Utah and West Greenwich, Rhode Island. The location for the 2021 summer conference location will be announced later.

Read about what it’s like to collaborate with others doing math at an MRC.

MRC Micro-conferences

Micro-conferences provide opportunities for alumni of past years’ MRCs to re-connect with their peers for collaborative visits. The program provides funding to help underwrite gatherings of gatherings in which MRC alums coordinate and lead short micro-conferences that advance the mathematical work emanating from their original MRC summer conference. Please send email to Programs Department with questions, expressions of interest, and proposals to organize.


MRC participantsQuestions should be addressed to Programs Department or 401-455-4130.

A number of articles about the MRC program have appeared in the Notices of the AMS, and the two most recent of these may be of interest either to those applying to participate or to those who plan to organize:

Leslie Hogben and T. Christine Stevens, "Joining a Mathematical Research Community," Notices of the AMS, 66:7 (August 2019), 1101 – 1107. 

Katharine A. Ott, “Fostering Inclusive Communities: Reasons why YOU should organize a Mathematics Research Community,” Notices of the AMS, 65:11 (December 2018), 1444 – 1445.