Mathematics Research Communities

About the Mathematics Research Communities Program

MRC participantsThe AMS’s Mathematics Research Communities (MRC) are a professional development program offering early-career mathematicians a rich array of opportunities to develop collaboration 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, 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;

Over 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.

Since the inception of the MRC program in 2008, nearly 1,200 alumni from 35 different topical areas have participated. A list of all MRC topics, from all years, can be found here.

The 2018 topics and application procedures can be found here.

Traditionally held at a retreat site where quiet and natural beauty can foster interactions without distractions, the MRC summer conferences provide comfortable accommodations, a variety of meal options, and opportunities for outdoor activities. The 2018 summer conferences will be held at Whispering Pines Conference Center in West Greenwich, Rhode Island.

MRC Micro-conferences

MRC participantNew in 2017 - 18 is an opportunity for alumni of past years’ MRCs to re-connect with their peers for collaborative visits. The program provides funding to help underwrite gatherings of ten to fifteen mathematicians in which MRC alums coordinate and lead short micro-conferences that advance the mathematical work emanating from their original MRC summer conference. Please email Tom Barr at aed-mps@ams.org with questions and expressions of interest.

Jacob Gross, a 2017 MRC participant and AMS graduate student blogger, relates his experience at the summer conference on Homotopy Type Theory, a hot(t) new area at the crossroads of mathematics and computer science, on the Graduate Student Blog [http://blogs.ams.org/mathgradblog/2017/06/23/experience-ams-mathematical-research-community/].

General Questions

General questions should be addressed to aed-mps@ams.org or 401-455-4130.

An introductory article giving background information about the MRC program appeared in the February 2008 Notices, and may be found at http://www.ams.org/notices/200802/tx080200247p.pdf.


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