Mathematics Programs that Make a Difference

This Award for Mathematics Programs that Make a Difference was established in 2005 by the AMS's Committee on the Profession to compile and publish a series of profiles of programs that:
  1. aim to bring more persons from underrepresented backgrounds into some portion of the pipeline beginning at the undergraduate level and leading to advanced degrees in mathematics and professional success, or retain them once in the pipeline;
  2. have achieved documentable success in doing so; and
  3. are replicable models.

About this Award

Preference will be given to programs with significant participation by underrepresented minorities.  Up to two programs are highlighted each year.

Most Recent Award: 2019

The 2019 Mathematics Program that Make a Difference award was given to the Women and Mathematics Program at the Institute for Advanced Study (WAM) for its outstanding program of encouraging women to pursue advanced study and careers in mathematics. Read the profile about the WAM program.

Award announcement as seen in Notices of the AMS and in the news release.

See previous winners

Next Award:  2020

Nomination Deadline:  15 September 2019

Nomination Procedure:  Letters of nomination may be submitted by one or more individuals. Nomination of the writer's own institution or program is permitted. The letter should address how the nominated program characterizes the three criteria listed above. The letter of nomination should not exceed two pages, with supporting documentation not to exceed three more pages. Up to three supporting letters may be included in addition to these five pages. The non-winning nominations will automatically be reconsidered, without further updating, for the awards to be presented over the next two years.

Send nominations by email or by postal mail to:
Mathematics Programs that Make a Difference
c/o Associate Executive Director
American Mathematical Society
201 Charles Street
Providence, RI 02904

For more information about the nomination process, email or call: 800-321-4267, ext. 4088