Mathematics Research Communities

Call for Proposals from Organizers

The AMS seeks proposals from organizer teams for the 2018 Mathematics Research Communities summer research conferences, the centerpiece of the MRC program. Proposals from all areas of mathematics—pure, applied, and interdisciplinary—are welcome. Those covering topics not already represented in prior years are especially encouraged.

What is MRC?

A distinctive national program of the AMS receiving generous support from the NSF, the MRC program provides early-career mathematical scientists with experiences in collaborative research and opportunities to be mentored by leading researchers. In its first nine years, the MRC program has provided over a thousand peri-doctoral mathematicians in thirty-two different topically-focused cohorts with an intensive summer research experience and supported many of these individuals’ participation in subsequent conferences, collaborations, and mentoring relationships. For many the experience has been transformative, providing a nexus of contact with researchers these participants would otherwise not have met, and a springboard into long-lasting research relationships that have resulted in new knowledge, a number of publications, and strengthened professional advancement.

Why Be An Organizer?

Being an organizer presents opportunities to:

  • Deepen and broaden the network of individuals working in your area of research
  • Make connections with new collaborators and increase the effectiveness of your research
  • Do good in the wider community by contributing to the professionalism of practitioners of mathematics
  • Assist in the general effort of inviting and engaging participation in mathematical research by a diverse array of individuals—socio-economic, regional, gender, race/ethnicity, and type of employer or academic institution
  • Travel to a scenic, inspiring destination for the summer research conference and receive support for attending the Joint Mathematics Meetings

See an interview with one of the 2016 organizer teams.

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Essential to the summer workshops—traditionally held at Snowbird Resort in the Utah mountains—and key in the overall program are teams of experienced researchers who can

  • Design and execute on an intensive, week-long program of hands-on, collaborative research for early-career mathematicians
  • Provide those early-career mathematicians guidance, both at the summer workshop and afterward, on developing as researchers and professionals.

In comparison with other conferences and workshops in which they have participated, organizers have found these conferences distinctive. They valued the collaborative group work, hands on attention to students, and a highly-interactive atmosphere. To quote a recent organizer, “…the collaborative, participatory environment of MRC is its greatest strength!”

From an article in Illinois Institute of Technology Illinois Tech Today:

“The workshop was a huge success,” said Petrovic. “It created an environment where career-long research relationships could be built. It introduced a new wave of young researchers to the field of algebraic statistics by engaging them with exciting research problems. It also provided opportunities for participants to obtain information and advice on topics vital for a junior researcher, such as publishing, presenting, and grant writing.” - Sonja Petrovic, co-organizer of 2016 MRC and Participant in the first MRC in 2008 

How To Develop A Proposal

Expressions of interest in organizing a MRC for 2018 (or 2019) should be sent via email to aed-mps@ams.org, with a cc to rha@ams.org and thb@ams.org. These can be brief (less than one page) and should provide answers to the following questions:

  • What is the list of organizers of this MRC?
  • What is the mathematical focus of the MRC?
  • Why is the time ripe for this topic? For instance, is the a particularly active area of research? Are there new techniques, recent breakthroughs, or important connections with other disciplines that offer rich research opportunities for early-career mathematicians?
  • What activities do you expect to include in the summer conferences?

The Advisory Board and AMS staff will review your material and may have useful suggestions. Please see the organizer guidelines for more information. All the proposals will be reviewed and the results announced in early 2017.

Send questions T. Christine Stevens (aed-mps@ams.org), AMS Associate Executive Director, or to Tom Barr (thb@ams.org), AMS Special Projects Officer.

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