# Delbert Ray Fulkerson Prize (AMS-MOS)

The Fulkerson Prize is awarded for outstanding papers in the area of discrete mathematics. The term "discrete mathematics" is interpreted broadly and is intended to include graph theory, networks, mathematical programming, applied combinatorics, applications of discrete mathematics to computer science, and related subjects.### About this Prize

Originally, the prizes were paid out of a memorial fund administered by the AMS that was established by friends of the late Delbert Ray Fulkerson (1924-1976) to encourage mathematical excellence in the fields of research exemplified by his work. The prizes are now funded by an endowment administered by the Mathematical Optimization Society.

This award is sponsored jointly by the Mathematical Optimization Society (formerly the Mathematical Programming Society) and the American Mathematical Society (AMS). Up to three awards of US$1500 are presented at each (triennial) International Symposium on Mathematical Programming. Eligible papers should represent the final publication of the main result(s) and should have been published in a recognized journal or in a comparable, well-refereed volume intended to publish final publications only, during the six calendar years preceding the year of the Symposium (thus, from January 2018 through December 2023). The prizes will be given for single papers, not series of papers or books, and in the event of joint authorship the prize will be divided.

The term "discrete mathematics" is interpreted broadly and is intended to include graph theory, networks, mathematical programming, applied combinatorics, applications of discrete mathematics to computer science, and related subjects. While research work in these areas is usually not far removed from practical applications, the judging of papers will be based only on their mathematical quality and significance.

**Most Recent Prize: 2024**

The Delbert Ray Fulkerson Prize 2024 is presented to:

- Ben Cousins & Santosh Vempala for Gaussian Cooling and
*O*(n^3)*Algorithms for Volume and Gaussian Volume,*SIAM Journal on Computing*, Vol. 47, 2018. - Nathan Keller & Noam Lifshitz for The Junta Method for Hypergraphs and the Erdos-Chvátal Simplex Conjecture,
*Advances in Mathematics*, Vol. 392, 2021. - Zilin Jiang, Jonathan Tidor, Yuan Yao, Shengtong Zhang, & Yufei Zhao for Equiangular lines with a fixed angle,
*Annals of Mathematics*, Vol. 194, 2021.

**See previous winners**

**Next Prize:**July 2027

**Nomination Deadline:**15 February 2027

**Nomination Procedure:**

To nominate a candidate, submit a letter of nomination (including reference to the nominated article and an evaluation of the work) to the chair of the committee.

Professor Daniel Spielman

Email: daniel.spielman@yale.edu