Mathematics Research Communities

Mathematics Research Communities - 2018

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 3 – 9, 2018

The Mathematics of Gravity and Light

Organizers: Charles Keeton, Rutgers University; Arlie Petters, Duke University; Marcus Werner, Yukawa Institute for Theoretical Physics and Hakubi Center for Advanced Research

Harmonic Analysis: New Developments on Oscillatory Integrals

Organizers: Philip T. Gressman, University of Pennsylvania; Larry Guth, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Lillian B. Pierce, Duke University

Week 2: June 10 – 16, 2018

Quantum Symmetries: Subfactors and Fusion Categories

Organizers: David Penneys, The Ohio State University; Julia Plavnik, Texas A & M University; Noah Snyder, Indiana University

Number Theoretic Methods in Hyperbolic Geometry

Organizers: Benjamin Linowitz, Oberlin College; David Ben McReynolds, Purdue University; Matthew Stover, Temple University

Week 3: June 17 – 23, 2018

Agent-based Modeling in Biological and Social Systems

Organizers: Andrew Bernoff, Harvey Mudd College; Leah Edelstein-Keshet, University of British Columbia; Alan Lindsay, University of Notre Dame; Chad Topaz, Williams College; Alexandria Volkening, Mathematical Biosciences Institute at Ohio State; Lori Ziegelmeier, Macalester College

JMM Special Sessions

Those accepted into the 2018 program will be partially supported for their participation in the Joint Mathematics Meetings in January 2019.

Application Procedure

Broadly, the criteria for admitting an individual to the MRC program are readiness to engage in collaborative mathematical research and being “early career”—either expecting to earn a PhD within two years or having completed a PhD within five years of the date of the summer conference. An exception to this limit on the career stage of an applicant may be made on a case-by-case basis.  The MRC program is open to individuals who are US citizens as well as to those who are affiliated with US 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 array of MRC activities—the summer conference, special sessions at the Joint Mathematics Meetings, and follow-up collaborations.

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 is February 15, 2018.

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

Contact Information

For further information, please contact the Associate Executive Director at