Mathematics Research Communities

About the Mathematics Research Communities Program

MRC participants The AMS’s Mathematics Research Communities (MRC) is a professional development program offering early-career mathematicians a rich array of opportunities to develop collaborative research skills, build a network focused in an active research domain, and receive mentoring from leaders in that area. Funded through a generous three-year grant from the National Science Foundation, the AMS, and private donors, the MRC is a year-long experience that includes:

  • Intensive one-week, hands-on research conferences in the summer;
  • Special Sessions at the AMS-MAA Joint Mathematics Meetings in the January following the summer conferences;
  • Guidance in career building;
  • Follow-up small-group collaborations;
  • Longer-term opportunities for collaboration and community building among the participants;

Full RenderingOver time, each participant is expected to provide feedback regarding career development and the impact of the MRC program.

Women, underrepresented minorities, and individuals from various types of institutions across the country are all encouraged to apply. The chief criteria for admission are an ability to contribute to the summer conference activities and a capacity to benefit from these interactions.

Since the inception of the MRC program in 2008, over 1,400 alumni from 43 different topical areas have participated. A list of all past MRC summer conference topics can be found here.

The 2020 topics and application procedures can be found here.

The 2019 summer conferences were held at Whispering Pines Conference Center in West Greenwich, Rhode Island, and AMS anticipates this will be the same location for the 2020 conferences.

Read about what it’s like to collaborate with others doing math at an MRC.

MRC Micro-conferences

Micro-conferences provide opportunities for alumni of past years’ MRCs to re-connect with their peers for collaborative visits. The program provides funding to help underwrite gatherings of gatherings in which MRC alums coordinate and lead short micro-conferences that advance the mathematical work emanating from their original MRC summer conference. Please send email to with questions, expressions of interest, and proposals to organize.


MRC participantsQuestions should be addressed to or 401-455-4130.

An introductory article giving background information about the MRC program appeared in the February 2008 Notices, and may be found at