Levi L. Conant Prize

The Conant Prize

Photo of Levi L. Conant courtesy of Worcester Polytechnic Institute

This prize was established in 2000 in honor of Levi L. Conant to recognize the best expository paper published in either the Notices of the AMS or the Bulletin of the AMS in the preceding five years.

Levi L. Conant was a mathematician and educator who spent most of his career as a faculty member at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. He was head of the mathematics department from 1908 until his death and served as interim president of WPI from 1911 to 1913.

Conant was noted as an outstanding teacher and an active scholar. He published a number of articles in scientific journals and wrote four textbooks. His will provided for funds to be donated to the AMS upon his wife’s death.

Prize Details:
The Conant Prize is awarded annually in the amount of US$1,000.

Next Prize: January 2019

Nomination Period: 1 March – 30 June, 2018

Nomination Procedure: Nominations with supporting information should be submitted online. Nominations should include a letter of nomination, a short description of the work that is the basis of the nomination a complete bibliographic citation for the article being nominated.

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Most recent prize: Henry Cohn received the 2018 Conant Prize for his article "A Conceptual Breakthrough in Sphere Packing," published in the February 2017 issue of the Notices of the AMS.

Prize winners are invited to present a public lecture at Worcester Polytechnic Institute as part of their Levi L. Conant Lecture Series, which was established in 2006. Find and download videos of previous Conant Lectures.

David Bailey gave the 2017 Lecture, "Computation and analysis of arbitrary digits of Pi and other mathematical constants" on Friday, September 15, 4:00 pm at Higgins Laboratories, Worcester Polytechnic Institute. Watch the video of Bailey's lecture (click on the small video in the bottom right hand corner and it will enlarge for better viewing).

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