Mathematics Research Communities

Mathematics Research Communities - 2017

The American Mathematical Society (AMS) invites early-career mathematicians—those who are close to finishing their doctorates or have recently finished— to become part of the Mathematics Research Communities, a professional development program in which new PhDs can develop collaboration skills, build a network focused in an active research domain, and receive mentoring from leaders in that area.

This NSF-supported program includes:

  • One-week summer conference for each topic
  • Guidance in career building
  • Special Sessions at the national meeting
  • Funding for additional collaborations
  • Longitudinal study of early career mathematicians

Summer Conferences

Week 1: June 4 – 10, 2017 - Homotopy Type Theory

"It truly was the best mathematical experience of my graduate career."

-- 2015 participant

Organizers: J. Daniel Christensen (University of Western Ontario),Chris Kapulkin (University of Western Ontario), Daniel R. Licata (Wesleyan University), Emily Riehl (Johns Hopkins University), Michael Shulman (University of San Diego)

Week 2:  June 11 – 17, 2017 - Beyond Planarity: Crossing Numbers of Graphs

"I really enjoyed the conference! Everything was so well-organized that we could spend our time really focused on the math. The conference was very friendly, and it was really gerat to get to start working with people on projects. The math was great!"

-- 2016 participant

Organizers: Éva Czabarka (University of South Carolina), Silvia Fernández-Merchant (California State University, Northridge), Gelasio Salazar (Universidad Autonoma de San Luis Potosi, Mexico), Marcus Schaefer (DePaul University), László A. Székely (University of South Carolina)

Week 3: June 18 – 24, 2017 - Dynamical Systems: Smooth, Symbolic, and Measurable

Organizers: Jon Chaika (University of Utah), Vaughn Climenhaga (University of Houston), Boris Hasselblatt (Tufts University), Dmitry Kleinbock (Brandeis University), Bryna Kra (Northwestern University), Daniel Thompson (The Ohio State University)

In 2017, the summer conferences will be held at Snowbird Resort, Utah.

group at Snowbird

JMM Special Sessions

Those accepted into this program will receive support for the 2017 summer conference, and will be partially supported for their participation in the Joint Mathematics Meetings in January 2018.

Application Procedure

Individuals within one to two years prior to the receipt of their PhDs, or within one to five 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. An exception to the limit on the career stage of an applicant may be made on a case-by-case basis. Women and underrepresented minorities are especially encouraged to apply.

All participants are expected to be active in the full MRC program.

The deadline for the 2017 conferences has passed.

After submission, you will receive an automated message providing login information so you can log in to the MathPrograms system at a later date to update your application and/or to verify that the reference letter has been received (a date will show in purple near the writer's name on your "coversheet" screen once the letter is in place). The application is complete when all questions have been answered and the reference letter has been received. The deadline for applications was March 1, 2017.

Questions about this process should be addressed to Steve Ferrucci at the AMS at


Snowbird Resort provides a splendid environment for the MRC summer conferences. 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, and 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

Contact Information

For further information, please contact Associate Executive Director at