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 non-mathematical 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 non-mathematicians are eligible.

Most Recent Award: 2021

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.

See previous winners

Next Award:  January 2022

Nomination Period:  Open

Nomination Procedure: 

Nominations should be submitted on Note: Nominations collected before September 15th in year N, will be considered for an award in year N+2.

Please contact the AMS Secretary Office,, with questions.