The 2020 Fund
The 2020 Fund supports and promotes the scholarship of Black mathematicians.

Make a gift AMS leadership established the fund in June of 2020 in solidarity with Black Lives Matter activism, and as part of our Action Plan to address our Society's history of racist behavior. The 2020 Fund is one of the ways we're working to address systemic inequities in the mathematical community. The fund works toward our mission to "advance the status of the profession of mathematics, encouraging and facilitating full participation of all individuals."


One goal of this fund is to support the AMS Claytor-Gilmer Fellowship, which aims to support research of mid-career Black mathematicians. A second goal is to build an endowment that reflects the long-term commitment that the AMS has made to addressing these issues. Further goals will be developed, informed by the Task Force on Understanding and Documenting the Historical Role of the AMS in Racial Discrimination's work and donors' philanthropic priorities.

The AMS and our Board of Trustees made pledges to kick off the fund. Join us and donate to the 2020 Fund to support and promote the work of Black mathematicians. Thank you.

Ryan Hynd awarded 2022-2023 Claytor-Gilmer Fellowship

Ryan Hynd in suit jacket
Dr. Ryan Hynd

Ryan Hynd, an associate professor of mathematics at the University of Pennsylvania, has been awarded the AMS Claytor-Gilmer Fellowship for the 2022–2023 academic year. Hynd researches partial differential equations arising in mathematical models for fluid mechanics, control theory, and finance, as well as eigenvalue problems. During his fellowship year, he will visit the Mittag-Leffler Institute in Sweden for collaborations in the fall and continue consulting with various mathematicians in the spring. He will investigate the Blaschke-Lebesgue problem, seeking to characterize minimum-volume bodies of constant width.

Hynd earned his PhD in 2010 from the University of California, Berkeley, advised by Craig Evans. After a postdoc at the Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences at New York University, Hynd joined the Penn faculty in 2012. In 2016–2017 he was a Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Visiting Assistant Professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

“Gloria Ford Gilmer and William Schieffelin Claytor are both mathematicians whose efforts helped pave the way for someone like me. I think the work they did early in their careers is an indication that men and women from all walks of life can do mathematics at a high level. I’m also especially proud of their accomplishments as they both earned graduate degrees in my department. In fact, we have a permanent exhibit highlighting Claytor’s PhD thesis and the professional struggles he later encountered.” -- Dr. Ryan Hynd

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Photo credits: Suzanne Weekes photo by Kate Awtrey, Atlanta Convention Photography; Abba Gumel image courtesy of AMS; Ryan Hynd photo courtesy Nicholaus J. Booth.