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Ivo and Renata Babuška Thesis Prize

The Ivo and Renata Babuška Thesis Prize is awarded annually to the author of an outstanding PhD thesis in mathematics, interdisciplinary in nature, possibly with applications to other fields. The current prize amount is US$3,000.

About this prize

Ivo Babuška (1926–2023) was a Czech-American mathematician whose honors include five doctorates honoris causa, the Czechoslovak State Prize for Mathematics, the Leroy P. Steele Prize, the Birkhoff Prize, the Humboldt Award of Federal Republic of Germany, the John von Neumann Medal, the Neuron Prize Czech Republic, the ICAM Congress Medal (Newton Gauss), the Bolzano Medal, and the Honorary Medal De Scientia Et Humanitate Optime Meritis. Asteroid 36060 Babuška was named in his honor by the International Astronomical Union.

Renata Babuška (nee Mikulášek) was Ivo’s wife and partner for 63 years. Renata grew up in Prague, Czechoslovakia and graduated from Charles University in 1953 with a degree in mathematical statistical engineering. Upon graduation, she was assigned to the Education Department as an administrator evaluating universities and technical schools. Two years later she became an assistant professor of mathematics at the Czech Technical University. After moving to the US, Renata worked as a data and computing management consultant for different government agencies in Washington, DC. She liked to point out that behind every successful man is a strong woman and he often said that without Renata, he would not have accomplished all that he did.

Babuška was a Distinguished Professor at the University of Maryland at College Park and then the Robert B. Trull Chair in Engineering, TICAM senior research scientist, professor of aerospace engineering and engineering mechanics, and professor of mathematics at the University of Texas, Austin. He is a Fellow of SIAM, ACM, and ICAM; a member of the US National Academy of Engineering, the Academy of Medicine, Engineering, and Sciences of Texas, and the European Academy of Sciences; and an honorary foreign member of the Czech Learned Society.

Babuška’s work spanned the fields of theoretical and applied mathematics with emphasis on numerical methods, finite element methods, and computational mechanics. His interest in fostering collaboration among mathematicians, engineers, and physicists led him to establish this prize to encourage and recognize interdisciplinary work with practical applications.

The Ivo and Renata Babuška Thesis Prize is awarded in line with other AMS prizes and awards, according to governance rules and practice in effect at that time.

Next prize

January 2025

Nomination period

February 1–June 30

Nomination procedure

(1)

The prize will recognize a thesis for a PhD granted between July 1 of year and June 30 of year 0 (the year of nomination and selection) and will be presented at the Joint Mathematics Meetings in January of year wherever it appears.

(2)

The nominating institution will be a PhD-granting institution that is either (a) located in the United States of America (USA), or (b) located outside the USA and an institutional AMS member at the time of the nomination.

(3)

One PhD thesis may be nominated by a nominating institution.

(4)

The nominating institution will submit a copy of the thesis along with a letter in support of the nomination, and both will be written in English.

(5)

A selection committee will be appointed by the AMS president.

https://www.ams.org/babuska-prize

Joint Prizes

JPBM Communications Award

This award is given each year to reward and encourage communicators who, on a sustained basis, bring mathematical ideas and information to nonmathematical audiences.

About this award

This award was established by the Joint Policy Board for Mathematics (JPBM) in 1988. JPBM is a collaborative effort of the American Mathematical Society, the Mathematical Association of America, the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics, and the American Statistical Association.

Up to two awards of US$2,000 are made annually. Both mathematicians and nonmathematicians are eligible.

Next prize

January 2025

Nomination period

Open

Nomination procedure

Nominations should be submitted on MathPrograms.org. Note: Nominations collected before September 15 in year N will be considered for an award in year N.

Information on how to nominate can be found here: https://www.ams.org/jpbm-comm-award.

Fellowships and Programs

Joan and Joseph Birman Fellowship for Women Scholars

The Joan and Joseph Birman Fellowship for Women Scholars is a midcareer research fellowship specially designed to fit the unique needs of women. This program is made possible by a generous gift from Joan and Joseph Birman. One award will be made for the 2024–2025 academic year in the amount of US$50,000. AMS membership will also be offered to the recipient for the duration of the fellowship.

About this fellowship

The fellowship seeks to address the paucity of women at the highest levels of research in mathematics by giving exceptionally talented women extra research support during their midcareer years. The most likely awardee will be a midcareer woman whose achievements demonstrate significant potential for further contributions to mathematics. Applications will be accepted from mathematicians currently holding a tenured, tenure-track, postdoctoral, or comparable (at the discretion of the selection committee) position at a US institution.

The fellowship will be directed toward those for whom the award will make a real difference in the development of their research career. Candidates must have a statement regarding the applicant’s overall program of research, past and planned, that is meaningful to mathematicians who are not specialists. The statement should be no more than three pages, including bibliographical references. Special circumstances (such as time taken off for care of children or other family members) may be taken into consideration in making the award. Awardees may use the fellowship in any way that most effectively enables their research—for instance, for release time, participation in special research programs, travel support, childcare, etc. The award is issued through the recipient’s institution, and no part of it may be utilized for indirect costs.

Application period

Applications will be collected via MathPrograms.org July 15, 2024–September 30, 2024 (11:59 p.m. ET). Find more information at https://www.ams.org/birman-fellow. For questions, contact the Programs Department at fellowships@ams.org.

Centennial Research Fellowship

The AMS Centennial Fellowship Program makes an award annually to an outstanding mathematician to help further their career in research. One award will be made for the 2024–2025 academic year in the amount of US$50,000. Acceptance of the fellowship cannot be postponed. AMS membership will also be offered to the recipient for the duration of the fellowship.

About this fellowship

Eligibility: The eligibility rules are as follows:

The primary selection criterion for the Centennial Fellowship is the excellence of the candidate’s research.

Preference will be given to candidates who have not had extensive fellowship support in the past.

Recipients may not hold the Centennial Fellowship concurrently with another research fellowship such as a Sloan, NSF Postdoctoral fellowship, or CAREER award.

Under normal circumstances, the fellowship cannot be deferred.

A recipient of the fellowship shall have held his or her doctoral degree for at least three years and not more than twelve years at the inception of the award (that is, received between September 1, 2013, and September 1, 2022).

Applications will be accepted from mathematicians currently holding a tenured, tenure-track, postdoctoral, or comparable (at the discretion of the selection committee) position at a US institution.

Applications should include a detailed research plan for the fellowship period that is contextualized by the research statement. The plan should include a description of how the fellowship will support the applicant’s success. It should be no more than one page. The selection committee will consider the plan in addition to the quality of the candidate’s research and will try to award the fellowship to those for whom the award would make a real difference in the development of their research careers. Work in all areas of mathematics, including interdisciplinary work, is eligible.

Application period

Applications will be collected via MathPrograms.org July 15, 2024–September 30, 2024 (11:59 p.m. ET). Find more information at https://www.ams.org/centfellow. For questions, contact the Programs Department at fellowships@ams.org.

Claytor-Gilmer Fellowship

The AMS established the Claytor-Gilmer Fellowship to further excellence in mathematics research and to help generate wider and sustained participation by Black mathematicians. One award will be made for the 2024–2025 academic year in the amount of US$50,000. AMS membership will also be offered to the recipient for the duration of the fellowship.

About this fellowship

Awardees may use the fellowship in any way that most effectively enables their research—for instance, for release time, participation in special research programs, travel support, childcare, etc. The award is issued through the recipient’s institution, and no part of it may be utilized for indirect costs. Given the aims of the fellowship, the most likely awardee will be a midcareer Black mathematician whose achievements demonstrate significant potential for further contributions to mathematics. Applications will be accepted from mathematicians currently holding a tenured, tenure-track, postdoctoral, or comparable (at the discretion of the selection committee) position at a US institution.

Application period

Applications will be collected via MathPrograms.org July 15, 2024–September 30, 2024 (11:59 p.m. ET). Find more information at https://www.ams.org/claytor-gilmer. For questions, contact the Programs Department at fellowships@ams.org.

Stefan Bergman Fellowship

The Stefan Bergman Fellowship was established in 2023 with the proceeds of the Stefan Bergman Trust to support the advancement of the research portfolio of a mathematician who specializes in the areas of real analysis, complex analysis, or partial differential equations. One award will be made for the 2024–2025 academic year in the amount of US$25,000. AMS membership will also be offered to the recipient for the duration of the fellowship.

About this fellowship

Applications will be accepted from mathematicians at a US institution who have not received tenure or comparable (at the discretion of the selection committee) and have not held significant fellowship support.

Awardees may use the fellowship in any way that most effectively enables their research—for instance, for release time, participation in special research programs, travel support, childcare, etc. The award is issued through the recipient’s institution, and no part of it may be utilized for indirect costs.

Application period

Applications will be collected via MathPrograms.org July 15, 2024–September 30, 2024 (11:59 p.m. ET). Find more information at https://www.ams.org/bergman-fellow. For questions, contact the Programs Department at fellowships@ams.org.