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Award for Impact on the Teaching and Learning of Mathematics

This award is given annually to a mathematician (or group of mathematicians) who has made significant contributions of lasting value to mathematics education. Priorities of the award include recognition of:
(a) accomplished mathematicians who have worked directly with pre-college teachers to enhance teachers’ impact on mathematics achievement for all students, or
(b) sustainable and replicable contributions by mathematicians to improving the mathematics education of students in the first two years of college.

Award Details
The US$1,000 award is given annually. The recipient is selected by the Committee on Education.

Next Prize

Nomination Deadline
September 15


Nomination Procedure
Letters of nomination may be submitted by one or more individuals. The letter of nomination should describe the significant contributions made by the nominee(s) and provide evidence of the impact these contributions have made on the teaching and learning of mathematics. The letter of nomination should not exceed two pages, and may include supporting documentation not to exceed three additional pages. A brief curriculum vitae for each nominee should also be included. The non-winning nominations will automatically be reconsidered, without further updating, for the awards to be presented over the next two years.  Use of the online nomination procedure is strongly encouraged, however, nominations may be submitted by email  or by postal mail to:

Award for Impact on the Teaching and Learning of Mathematics
c/o AMS Washington Office
1527 Eighteenth Street, NW
Washington, DC 20036
For further questions please email  or call 202-588-1100.

Most Recent Award: 2017
Kristin Umland, Vice President for Content Development at Illustrative Mathematics, has received the 2017 AMS Award for Impact on the Teaching and Learning of Mathematics. Umland is honored for her outstanding work toward improving mathematics education at the precollege level, especially her role in the development of the nonprofit organization Illustrative Mathematics.

About the Prize
The Award for Impact on the Teaching and Learning of Mathematics was established by the AMS Committee on Education in 2013. The endowment fund that supports the award was established in 2012 by a contribution from Kenneth I. and Mary Lou Gross in honor of their daughters Laura and Karen.

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