The American Mathematical Society (AMS) seeks proposals from organizer teams for the 2020 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.
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 ten years, the MRC program has provided nearly 1,200 peri-doctoral mathematicians in thirty-five 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.
Being an organizer presents opportunities to:
See an interview with one of the 2016 organizer teams.
Essential to the summer workshops—held at scenic retreat-style locations in the US—and key in the overall program are teams of experienced researchers who can:
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!”
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.
Expressions of interest in organizing a MRC for 2020 (or beyond) should be sent via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
These can be brief (less than one page) and should provide answers to the following questions:
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 2019.
The 2020 MRC program is contingent on renewed funding by the National Science Foundation.