Mathematics Research Communities


Mathematics Research Communities - 2021

The American Mathematical Society's Mathematical Research Communities is a professional development program in which the participants develop collaborative research skills, build a network focused in an active research domain, and receive mentoring from leaders in that area. Read about the participants' experience in one of the 2019 MRCs.

Supported by NSF, the AMS, and other sources, the 2021 program includes:   

  • Intensive one-week, hands-on summer research conferences for each topic
  • Guidance in career building  
  • Special Sessions at the Joint Mathematics Meetings (JMM) in January 2022 
  • Opportunities for 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.

For each NSF-supported participant, the MRC program provides support for travel to the summer conference site and all accommodations and meals there, support for travel to the 2022 JMM, and opportunities for support in follow-up collaboration travel during the year following the summer conferences. See below for details.

Because of the COVID-19 outbreak that began in early 2020, the program of summer conferences that were originally slated for June of that year were rescheduled as indicated below. The participants who had been offered admission to the program for that year are now the participants for 2021, and they are engaged in an extended, online regime of preparatory experiences in the months leading up to the conferences in June 2021. AMS therefore does not currently plan to run an MRC admissions program in the fall of 2020 and winter of 2021.

2021 MRC Summer Conferences

MRC ParticipantsThe summer conferences are hosted at a retreat-style site that is conducive to participant interactions and provides opportunities to enjoy the outdoors. They are scheduled to be held at the Whispering Pines Conference Center in West Greenwich, Rhode Island. Operated by the University of Rhode Island, this center provides a scenic, tranquil New England setting ideal to the collaborative research activities of the MRC program.

Week 1a: May 30 – June 5, 2021
Dynamics of Infectious Diseases: Ecological Models Across Multiple Scales 
Julie Blackwood, Williams College; Lauren Childs, Virginia Tech; Suzanne Lenhart, University of Tennessee, Knoxville; Olivia Prosper, University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Week 1b: May 30 –  June 5, 2021
Combinatorial Applications of Computational Geometry and Algebraic Topology 
Stephen Melczer, University of Pennsylvania; Marni Mishna, Simon Fraser University; Robin Pemantle, University of Pennsylvania

Week 2: June 6 – 12, 2021
Finding Needles in Haystacks: Approaches to Inverse Problems using Combinatorics and Linear Algebra 
Shaun Fallat, University of Regina; H. Tracy Hall, NewVistas LLC; Leslie Hogben, Iowa State University and the American Institute of Mathematics; Bryan Shader, University of Wyoming; Michael Young, Iowa State University

Week 3a: June 13 – 19, 2021
Analysis in Metric Spaces 
Mario Bonk, University of California at Los Angeles; Luca Capogna, Worcester Polytechnic Institute; Piotr Hajlasz, University of Pittsburgh; Nageswari Shanmugalingam, University of Cincinnati; Jeremy Tyson, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Week 3b: June 13 – 19, 2021
New Problems in Several Complex Variables 
Dusty Grundmeier, Harvard University; Loredana Lanzani, Syracuse University; Yunus Zeytuncu, University of Michigan–Dearborn

Accommodations and Meals

Typically, participants stay in double-occupancy rooms at the conference site. Buffet-style meals presenting a wide variety of options are provided by the Whispering Pines culinary staff. Dietary restrictions can be accommodated.

Social Event

MRC ParticipantsThere will be a reception at the beginning of the conference, morning and afternoon breaks with light refreshments throughout the week, and a banquet on Friday evening. Each evening a hospitality suite provides refreshments and opportunities for informal conversation.

JMM Special Sessions

The program of the 2022 Joint Mathematics Meetings in Seattle, WA will include MRC Special Sessions on each of the summer conference topics. These and other activities at the national meeting provide opportunities for the participants to deepen connections with their topic, engage with their collaborative research peers and mentors, and cultivate their professional network. The MRC program provides support for participants to travel to JMM, and the amount of this support will be announced in the fall of 2021.

Follow-up Collaborations

Through the NSF grant and the AMS, a limited number of grants are typically available to support small-group collaboration travel during the year following the summer conference. The objective is to foster a continuation or completion of work begun at the conference site. An announcement will be made in late summer 2021 to participants regarding collaboration travel proposals.

Application Process

Though applications for 2021 are closed, information about the process may be useful to those considering applying for 2022 and beyond.

MRC Participants-Group PhotoApplicants should be ready to engage in collaborative research and should be “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. Exceptions 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 and companies/organizations. A few international participants may be accepted. Depending on space and other factors, a small number of self-funded participants may be admitted. Individuals who have once previously been an MRC participant will be considered for admission, and their applications must include a rationale for repeating. Please note that individuals cannot participate in the MRC program more than twice: applications from individuals who have twice been MRC participants will not be considered.

We seek individuals who will both contribute to and benefit from the MRC experience, and our goal is to create a collaborative research community that is vibrant, productive, and diverse. We welcome applicants from academic institutions of all types, as well as from private industry and government laboratories and agencies. Women and under-represented 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.

In recent years, the application deadline has been February 15 of the year in which the summer conferences occur.

Contact Information

For further information, please contact the aed-mps@ams.org.