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Year: 2021
 
Albert Leon Whiteman Memorial Prize 2021 Judith Grabiner

The 2021 Albert Leon Whiteman Memorial Prize is awarded to Judith Grabiner for her outstanding contributions to the history of mathematics, in particular her works on Cauchy, Lagrange, and MacLaurin; her widely-recognized gift for expository writing; and a distinguished career of teaching, lecturing, and numerous publications promoting a better understanding of mathematics and the significant roles in culture

Prize announcement as seen in the news release.


AMS Award for Outstanding Pi Mu Epsilon Student Paper Presentation 2021 Nicholas Adduci; Ben Gobler; Hanna Noelle Griesbach; Luke Hetzel; Jonathan Homan; Bandita Karki; Johnathan Koch; Nathan LeRoy; Rebecca Odom; Chase Reiter; Tyler Russell; Hannah Scanlon; Ella Wilson; Katie Yan; Yifan Zhang

  • Nicholas Adduci, Youngstown State University, "An Investigation into Visual and Geometric Representations of Prime Numbers"
  • Ben Gobler, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, "Listing the Rationals using Continued Fractions"
  • Hanna Noelle Griesbach, Elon University, "When is a Polynomial Isomorphic to an Even Polynomial?"
  • Luke Hetzel, Youngstown State University, "Using Agent Based Modeling in NetLogo to Visualize Game Theory"
  • Jonathan Homan, Andrews University, "Classifying Pretzel Links Obtained by Strong Fusion"
  • Bandita Karki, University of Idaho, "Modeling the therapeutic potential of defective interfering particles"
  • Johnathan Koch, Youngstown State University, "Defining the cycle within the permutation group"
  • Nathan LeRoy, St. Norbert College, "Probabilities of the Game of Labyrinth"
  • Rebecca Odom, University of Texas at Tyler, "Identifying Self-Conjugate Partitions"
  • Chase Reiter, Youngstown State University, "Using Trigonometry to Make Spirographs with Parametrizations"
  • Tyler Russell, University of Texas at Tyler, "Polynominals Associated to Integer Partitions"
  • Hannah Scanlon, Wake Forest University, "Modeling the Spread of Infectious Diseases on an Adaptive Network
  • Ella Wilson, Kenyon College, "Using Circle Packings to Approximate Harmonic Measure Distribution Functions"
  • Katie Yan, Skidmore College, "Modeling the Plague in Eyam"
  • Yifan Zhang, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, "Subsums of Random Numbers"


AMS Epsilon Awards for Young Scholars Programs 2021 All Girls/All Math; BEAM; Bridge to Calculus Program; Canada/USA Math Camp; Creative and Analytical Math Programs of the Bard Math Circle; Early Identification Program; Girls Get Math with Data; Governor's Institute on Mathematical Sciences; Hampshire College Summer Studies in Mathematics; Math an' Coding; Math Circles of Chicago; Math Knights Summer Institute; MathIly; MathIly-Er; Mathworks Honors Summer Math Camp; New York Math Circle High School Summer Program; PROMYS; PROTaSM; Ross Mathematics Program; Summer Illinois Math Camp; Summer Institute for Math at UW; Summer Math Program for Young Scholars; TexPREP-Lubbock; The Calculus Project and Leadership Academy
Award for an Exemplary Program or Achievement in a Mathematics Department 2021 Department of Mathematics at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology

The Department of Mathematics at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology has received the 2021 AMS Award for an Exemplary Program or Achievement in a Mathematics Department for its long-standing, wide-ranging, and sustained outreach efforts aimed at elementary and middle school students, high school students, undergraduate students, graduate students, and recent PhDs.

Award announcement as seen in the news release.


Award for Impact on the Teaching and Learning of Mathematics 2021 Solomon Friedberg

Solomon Friedberg, the James P. McIntyre Professor of Mathematics at Boston College, has been awarded the 2021 AMS Award for Impact on the Teaching and Learning of Mathematics for his many significant contributions to mathematics education locally, nationally, and internationally.

Award announcement as seen in the news release.


Bertrand Russell Prize of the AMS 2021 Michel Waldschmidt

The 2021 Bertrand Russell Prize is awarded to Michel Waldschmidt in recognition of his outstanding contributions to graduate schools and mathematical research in developing countries, and of his sustained commitment to building bridges between mathematical communities around the world.

Prize announcement as seen in the news release.


Birkhoff Prize in Applied Mathematics (AMS-SIAM George David Birkhoff Prize) 2021 Gunther Uhlmann

The 2021 AMS-SIAM George David Birkhoff Prize in Applied Mathematics is awarded to Gunther Uhlmann for his fundamental and insightful contributions to inverse problems and partial differential equations, as well as for his incisive work on boundary rigidity, microlocal analysis and cloaking.

Prize announcement as seen in the news release.


Centennial Fellowship 2021 Aaron J Pollack

Aaron Pollack, an assistant professor of mathematics at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), has been awarded the AMS Centennial Fellowship for the 2021-2022 academic year. The fellowship provides support for course release, research-related travel, and research-related expenses. The primary selection criterion for the fellowship is the excellence of the candidate’s research.

Fellowship announcement as seen in the news release.


Claytor-Gilmer Fellowship 2021 Mohamed Omar

Mohamed Omar, an associate professor of mathematics and the Joseph B. Platt Chair in Effective Teaching at Harvey Mudd College, has been awarded the inaugural AMS Claytor-Gilmer Fellowship. Omar has an excellent track record in research and a notable research program, and he has displayed impressive leadership in mentoring and service to the mathematics community.

Fellowship announcement as seen in the news release.


Cole Prize in Algebra 2021 Chenyang Xu

The 2021 Frank Nelson Cole Prize in Algebra is awarded to Chenyang Xu. He leads a group developing an algebraic theory of moduli for K-stable Fano varieties and working out a radically new approach to the singularities of the minimal model program using K-stability.

Prize announcement as seen in the news release.


Delbert Ray Fulkerson Prize (AMS-MOS) 2021 Béla Csaba; Daniela Kühn; Allan Lo; Deryk Osthus; Andrew Treglown; Jin-Yi Cai; Xi Chen; Ken-Ichi Kawarabayashi; Mikkel Thorup

Béla Csaba, Daniela Kühn, Allan Lo, Deryk Osthus, and Andrew Treglown receive the 2021 Fulkerson Prize for "Proof of the 1-factorization and Hamilton decomposition conjectures", Memoirs of the American Mathematical Society, vol. 244, no. 1154, 2016.

Jin-Yi Cai and Xi Chen receive the 2021 Fulkerson Prize for "Complexity of Counting CSP with Complex Weights", Journal of the ACM, vol. 64, no. 3, 2017.

Ken-Ichi Kawarabayashi and Mikkel Thorup receive the 2021 Fulkerson Prize for, "Deterministic Edge Connectivity in Near-Linear Time", Journal of the ACM, vol. 66, no. 1, 2018.

Prize announcement as seen in the news release.


Edmund Landau Award 2021 Quinten Robinson

California State University, Chico: Quinten Robinson

Award announcement as seen in the news release.


Frank and Brennie Morgan Prize for Outstanding Research in Mathematics by an Undergraduate Student (AMS-MAA-SIAM) 2021 Ashwin Sah; Mehtaab Sawhney; Noah Kravitz

Ashwin Sah and Mehtaab Sawhney, graduate students in Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Department of Mathematics, received the 2021 AMS-MAA-SIAM Frank and Brennie Morgan Prize for Outstanding Research in Mathematics by an Undergraduate Student, for their work as MIT undergraduates.The award recognizes the duo's innovative results across a broad range of topics in combinatorics, discrete geometry, and probability.

Receiving Honorable Mention for the Morgan Prize is Noah Kravitz.The citation for Kravitz notes that, He has made significant progress on very central and well-studied problems, including the small ball inequality, where he improved upon the current understanding of the problem by leading experts in the field and the lonely runner conjecture, where he discovered an unexpected rigidity in the problem.

Prize announcement as seen in the news release.


Joan and Joseph Birman Fellowship for Women Scholars 2021 Helen M Wong

Helen Wong, an associate professor of mathematics at Claremont McKenna College, has been awarded the AMS Joan and Joseph Birman Fellowship for Women Scholars for 2021-2022. Wong's research is in quantum topology and applications of topology.

Fellowship announcement as seen in the news release.


JPBM Communications Award 2021 John Bailer; Richard Campbell; Rosemary Pennington; Erica Klarreich

John Bailer, Richard Campbell and Rosemary Pennington receive the 2021 JPBM Communications Award "for their engaging, entertaining, and enlightening Stats + Stories podcast that for over six years has brought 'the statistics behind the stories and the stories behind the statistics' to public radio and a broad podcast audience."

Erica Klarreich receives the 2021 JPBM Communications Award "for her work as a writer and popularizer of mathematics and science. She writes about mathematics and theoretical computer science, and her writing has been chosen for and reprinted in Best Writing on Mathematics in four different years. Her works have appeared in Quanta, The Atlantic, New Scientist, Science News, Wired and other publications for a general audience. Erica Klarreich received a PhD in mathematics in 1997."

Award announcement as seen in the news release.


Karl Menger Memorial Awards 2021 Jessica Zhang; Haruki Sato; Hyungwon Han; Hyunjun Cho; Dohyeon Kim; Tzu-Hsuan Chiu; Andrei Mandelshtam; Chloe Zhan; Alexander Zhang

The 2021 Menger Awards went to (1st place) Jessica Zhang; (2nd place) Haruki Sato, Hyungwon Han, Hyunjun Cho, and Dohyeon Kim; (3rd place) Tzu-Hsuan Chiu, Andrei Mandelshtam, Chloe Zhan, and Alexander Zhang; (honorable mention) Dev Chheda, Oleg Chistov, Nathan Krause, William Li, Chau Le, and Khoa Huynh.

Award announcement as seen in the news release.


Leroy P. Steele Prize for Lifetime Achievement (1993 - present) 2021 Spencer Bloch

The 2021 Steele Prize for Lifetime Achievement is awarded to Spencer Bloch for his seminal contributions linking algebraic geometry, algebraic K-theory, arithmetic and Hodge theory. Bloch's ideas pervade modern thinking on these subjects, and laid the groundwork in both techniques and framework for many of the most exciting developments in these areas.

Prize announcement as seen in the news release.


Leroy P. Steele Prize for Mathematical Exposition (1993 - present) 2021 Noga Alon; Joel Spencer

The 2021 Steele Prize for Mathematical Exposition will be awarded to Noga Alon and Joel Spencer for their book, The Probabilistic Method, published by Wiley & Sons Inc. in 1992.

Now in its fourth edition, The Probabilistic Method is an invaluable toolbox for both the beginner and the experienced researcher in discrete probability.

Prize announcement as seen in the news release.


Leroy P. Steele Prize for Seminal Contribution to Research (1993 - present) 2021 Murray Gerstenhaber

The 2021 Steele Prize for Seminal Contribution to Research is awarded to Murray Gerstenhaber for The cohomology structure of an associative ring, Ann. Math. 78 (1963), 267-288 and On the deformation of rings and algebras, Ann. Math. 79 (1964), 59-103. These two remarkable Annals of Mathematics papers established the foundations of algebraic deformation theory, developing a rich structure on the Hochschild cohomology. These papers have had and continue to have a huge impact on many areas of mathematics and physics, including higher algebra and deformation quantization.

Prize announcement as seen in the news release.


Levi L. Conant Prize 2021 Dan Margalit

Dan Margalit receives the 2021 Levi L. Conant prize for the article "The Mathematics of Joan Birman," Notices of the AMS, 66 (2019), 341-353 . In just ten pages Margalit conveys the breadth and depth of the mathematics of Joan Birman.

Prize announcement as seen in the news release.


Mary P. Dolciani Prize for Excellence in Research 2021 Amanda Folsom

Amanda L. Folsom receives the 2021 Mary P. Dolciani Prize for Excellence in Research for her outstanding record of research in analytic and algebraic number theory, with applications to combinatorics and Lie theory, for her work with undergraduate students, and for her service to the profession, including her work to promote success of women in mathematics.

Prize announcement as seen in the news release.


Mathematical Art Exhibition Award 2021 Margaret Kepner; Debora Coombs; Duane Bailey; Phillip Webster

Best photograph, painting, or print:  Margaret Kepner, "Eight-Ring Circus"
Best textile, sculpture, or other medium: Debora Coombs and Duane Bailey, "Laura's Flowerpot"
Honorable Mention award: Phillip Webster, "Madar-i-Shah Reconstruction"

Award announcement as seen in the news release.


Mathematics Programs that Make a Difference 2021 Mathematical Sciences Research Institute Undergraduate Programs

The Mathematical Sciences Research Institute Undergraduate Program (MSRI-UP) has received the 2021 AMS Mathematics Programs that Make a Difference Award.MSRI-UP is a pioneering program that introduces undergraduate students from historically underrepresented groups to mathematical research with the longer-term goal of increasing their participation and success in graduate programs.

Award announcement as seen in the news release.


Ruth Lyttle Satter Prize in Mathematics 2021 Kaisa Matomäki

The 2021 Ruth Lyttle Satter Prize is awarded to Kaisa Matomäki for her work (much of it joint with Maksym Radziwill) opening up the field of multiplicative functions in short intervals in a completely unexpected and very fruitful way, and in particular in their breakthrough paper, Multiplicative functions in short intervals (Annals of Math. 183 (2016), 1015–1056).

Prize announcement as seen in the news release.


Ulf Grenander Prize in Stochastic Theory and Modeling 2021 Michael I. Jordan

The Ulf Grenander Prize in Stochastic Theory and Modeling is awarded to Michael I. Jordan for foundational contributions to machine learning (ML), especially unsupervised learning, probabilistic computation, and core theory for balancing statistical fidelity with computation.

Prize announcement as seen in the news release.


Waldemar J. Trjitzinsky Memorial Awards 2021 Zoey Beda; Piper Welsh; Kianna Cabral; Joseph Bishop; Jordan Jarrell; Rachel Hur; Kristina Wilson; Shaniya Peart

Maryville University: Zoey Beda and Piper Welsh
Northeastern University: Kianna Cabral
University of Mississippi: Joseph Bishop
University of Montana: Jordan Jarrell
University of Oregon: Rachel Hur
University of Tennessee Knoxville: Kristina Wilson
Villanova University: Shaniya Peart

Award announcement as seen in the news release.