Skip to Main Content

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: 2023

Jordan Ellenberg, professor from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, for his clear and entertaining prose that brings the power and beauty of mathematics to a general audience.

Grant Sanderson, creator of 3Blue1Brown, for his watchable and engaging YouTube channel, with over 4 million subscribers, about discovery and creativity in mathematics.

Award announcement as seen in the news release.

See previous winners

Next Award:  January 2024

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.