The American Mathematical Society (AMS) seeks proposals from organizer teams for the 2023 Mathematics Research Communities (MRC) summer research conferences, the centerpiece of the MRC program. We seek proposals focusing in any area of pure, applicable, or interdisciplinary mathematics, as well as proposals focused on problems of relevance in the business, industry, government, and non-profit (“BIG”) arena.
We are looking for creative proposals that involve groups of 20 or 40 peri-doctoral mathematicians for an intensive week of collaborative problem-solving, research, and professional development. Ideally, BIG conference activities will serve a dual purpose of providing value-added for your organization—progress on problems it needs to solve and workforce connectivity—and of supporting the participants’ development for careers in companies, laboratories, agencies, or non-profit businesses for which mathematical training is a natural springboard.
Proposals covering topics not already represented in prior years are especially encouraged. While the summer conference is the centerpiece of the program, we encourage proposers to describe ways in which mentoring and career guidance for the participants can be sustained throughout the year following the summer conference.
A distinctive national program of the AMS receiving generous support from the NSF, the MRC program provides early-career mathematical scientists with engagement in collaborative research opportunities to be mentored by leading researchers, and experiences to help develop as professionals. In the years spanning 2008 through 2021, over 1,500 individuals have participated in MRCs spanning forty-eight different topical areas. The program provided these 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, and a springboard into long-lasting research relationships that have resulted in new knowledge, publications, and strengthened professional advancement.
Starting in 2022, the AMS has expanded the scope of the MRC programs to include cohorts led by BIG organizers. Continuing this initial MRC led by mathematicians from the national laboratories, we welcome inquiries and proposals from teams at government labs and agencies, companies, non-profits, and other similar organizations in addition to those from academic institutions.
Being an organizer presents opportunities to:
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.
We envision the development of proposals as iterative. An expression of interest should contain a brief description (a few paragraphs) of an idea for an MRC that addresses as many of the following questions as possible:
In response to an expression of interest, the program directors and MRC Advisory Board will provide feedback that should enable the inquiring teams to prepare full proposals. In turn, the directors and Board will consider the collection of full proposals to make a selection to run in 2023.
Send expressions of interest by September 15, 2021, to email@example.com. Complete proposals received by November 30, 2021, will receive full consideration. Please see the organizer guidelines for more information. We aim for the development of a complete conference program by mid-January, 2022.
Please direct questions or inquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org.