Mathematics Research Communities

The American Mathematical Society (AMS) invites mathematicians just beginning their research careers—those who are close to finishing their doctorates or have recently finished— to become part of Mathematics Research Communities, a new program to build social and collaborative networks to inspire and sustain each other in their work. Women and underrepresented minorities are especially encouraged to participate. The structured program engages and guides all participants as they start their careers. The program will include:
  • One-week summer conference for each topic (participants arrive on Saturday and depart the following Friday; sessions are held Sunday through Thursday)
  • Special Sessions at the national meeting
  • Discussion networks by research topic
  • Ongoing mentoring
  • Longitudinal study of early career mathematicians

Those accepted into this program will receive support (full room and board at Snowbird and up to US$600 in air transportation) for the summer conference, and will be partially supported for their participation in the Joint Mathematics Meetings which follow in January 2011. The summer conferences of the MRC are held in the breathtaking mountain setting of the Snowbird Resort, Utah, where participants can enjoy the natural beauty and a collegial atmosphere.  This program is supported by a grant from the National Science Foundation. Top of Page

June 12 – 18, 2010 1. Birational Geometry and Moduli Spaces Organizers:
Dan Abramovich (Brown University)
Izzet Coskun (University of Illinois at Chicago)
Tommàso de Fernex (University of Utah)
Angela Gibney (University of Georgia)
James McKernan (MIT)

June 19 – 25, 2010 2. Model Theory of Fields Organizers:
Antoine Chambert-Loir (Université de Rennes 1)
Françoise Delon (CNRS, Université Diderot-Paris 7)
Ehud Hrushovski (Hebrew University)
François Loeser (École Normale Supérieure)
Thomas Scanlon (University of California, Berkeley)
Carol Wood (Wesleyan University)

June 26 – July 2, 2010 3. Commutative Algebra Organizers:
David Eisenbud (University of California, Berkeley)
Craig Huneke (University of Kansas)
Mircea Mustaţă (University of Michigan)
Claudia Polini (University of Notre Dame)

Application Procedure

Individuals within one to two years prior to the receipt of their PhDs, or within one to three years after receipt of their PhDs are welcome to apply. The MRC program is open to individuals who are U.S. citizens as well as to those who are affiliated with U.S. institutions. A few international participants may be accepted. Women and underrepresented minorities are especially encouraged to apply. All participants are expected to be active in the full MRC program. Please note that there is a generic cover sheet to submit.  However, submitting this cover sheet does not constitute an application.  You must answer an additional set of questions and submit this as well. In addition to the completed application form (cover sheet and additional questions), you must submit a letter of reference from a mathematician who can discuss how you will benefit and how you will contribute by participating in the MRC program. Instructions are as follows:
  • Login to MathPrograms.Org as a Program applicant (click on “as Program applicant”).
  • To create an account, fill in your email address, create a password, click the button “this is my first login, please create an account for me”, then click the “login” button.  A login token will be sent to the email address provided. Please check your email.
  • Once you have received the token, enter it in the text box on the screen, or come back to within 24 hours and click on the applicant login link to continue.
  • Once you are logged in, fill in the cover sheet and submit it.
  • Click on “View Programs” and then click on “apply” next to the program you want.
  • Follow the directions from there.
  • If you have questions using this program, please contact Robin Hagan Aguiar at

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view of Snowbird

Situated in a beautiful, breathtaking mountain setting, Snowbird Resort provides an extraordinary environment for the MRC. The atmosphere is comparable to the collegial gatherings at Oberwolfach and other conferences that combine peaceful natural ambience with stimulating meetings. MRC participants have access to a range of activities such as a tram ride to the top of the mountain, guided hikes, swimming, mountain bike tours, rock climbing, plus heated outdoor pools. More than a dozen walking and hiking trails head deep in the surrounding mountains. Participants also enjoy the simpler pleasures of convening on the patios at the resort to read, work, and socialize. In the evenings colleagues enjoy informal gatherings to network and continue discussion of the day's sessions over refreshments. Within a half hour of the University of Utah, Snowbird is easily accessible from the Salt Lake City International Airport. For more information about Snowbird Resort, see Information

For further information, please contact Ellen J. Maycock at

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