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Alex Kontorovich

Alex Kontorovich

2014 Levi L. Conant Prize

"I greatly enjoyed the opportunity and challenge to collect some aspects of thin groups in this paper; hopefully it might encourage more people to go into this new field." His other joys include music and spending time with his family, wife Amy and son Harry.

Simon Brendle

Simon Brendle

2014 Bôcher Memorial Prize

Brendle was awarded the Bôcher Prize for his outstanding solutions of long standing problems in geometric analysis.  He is also recognized for his deep contributions to the study of the Yamabe equation. "I am grateful to my parents, Helga and Martin Brendle, and my high school mathematics teacher, Jakob Nill, who provided me with an excellent education in mathematics."  Photo credit: Margarete Eisele

Philip Kutzko

Philip Kutzko

2014 Award for Distinguished Public Service

Kutzko’s area of research is representation theory of p-adic groups with applications to the local Langlands program.  He has continued to maintain his research program throughout his many years working on behalf of PhD students from underrepresented backgrounds.   Photo credit: Thomas Jorgensen, University of Iowa

Cedric Villani

Cédric Villani

2014 Joseph L. Doob Prize

Villani's book, "Optimal Transport: Old and New" (Springer-Verlag, 2009), represents a profound rethinking of the subject of optimal transport by one of its leading contributors. “It is a great honor for me, and a great joy, as the book which was distinguished by the Doob Prize is really one that has been dear to my heart, and a part of my life."  Photo credit: Phototheque CNRS - Sebastien Godefroy

Alexander Razborov

Yitang Zhang

2014 Frank Nelson Cole Prize in Number Theory

For his work on bounded gaps between primes, Zhang has been awarded the Cole Prize in Number Theory.  Photo credit: Lisa Nugent, University of New Hampshire Photographic Services

Yuri Burago

Yuri Burago

2014 Leroy P. Steele Prize for Mathematical Exposition

 In recognition of excellence in exposition and promotion of fruitful ideas in geometry, Ivanov was jointly awarded this prize for the book he co-authored, "A Course in Metric Geometry." This book has clearly left a visible imprint on the landscape of today’s geometry.

Phillip Griffiths

Phillip Griffiths

2014 Leroy P. Steele Prize for Lifetime Achievement

"It is a wonderful honor to receive the Leroy P. Steele lifetime achievement award. I credit my high school math teacher, Lottie Wilson at the Georgia Military Academy, for sparking my interest in and love for mathematics."  Photo credit: Cliff Moore

John Guckenheimer

Dmitri Burago

2014 Leroy P. Steele Prize for Mathematical Exposition

"Our aim when writing the book was to try to bridge the gap between students and existing literature on the subject. In particular, we kept in mind some of Gromov's works as 'bridge destinations'. We are happy to know that the book turned out to be useful to many students and researchers."  Burago speaking on behalf of his joint prize winners. Painting by Dmitri Burago

Sergei Ivanov

Sergei V. Ivanov

2014 Leroy P. Steele Prize for Mathematical Exposition

In recognition of excellence in exposition and promotion of fruitful ideas in geometry, Ivanov was jointly awarded this prize for the book he co-authored, "A Course in Metric Geometry." This book has clearly left a visible imprint on the landscape of today’s geometry.

Robert Kohn

Robert Kohn

2014 Leroy P. Steele Prize for Seminal Contribution to Research

In recent years much of Kohn's research has addressed problems from materials science, with particular emphasis on energy-driven pattern formation. Besides the Navier-Stokes equations, he has worked on many PDE problems including electric impedance tomography, relaxation of variational problems, blowup of semilinear heat equations, and homogenization.

Luis Caffarelli

Luis Caffarelli

2014 Leroy P. Steele Prize for Seminal Contribution to Research

Caffarelli was jointly awarded this prize for the paper, "Partial regularity of suitable weak solutions of the Navier-Stokes equations." Communications Pure and Applied Math, vol 35 no 6, 771-831 (1982). This paper was and remains a major step forward, towards showing global strong solvability.  Photo credit: Becky Rische

Louis Nirenberg

Louis Nirenberg

2014 Leroy P. Steele Prize for Seminal Contribution to Research

Nirenberg has spent his entire professional career at NYU. His research interests are in Mathematical Analysis,in particular,Partial Differential Equations,Complex Analysis,Differential Geometry and Fluid Flow. Personally, his great interests are music and cinema.

Cem Y. Yildirim

Cem Y. Yildirim

2014 Frank Nelson Cole Prize in Number Theory

“I was completely enraptured when I stumbled upon the classic book on number theory by Hardy and Wright in the library of my high school, and from then on I knew what area I wanted to learn most.”

JŠnos Pintz

János Pintz

2014 Frank Nelson Cole Prize in Number Theory

“I have to say that when the first time I learned some three or four decades ago that my famous fellow citizen, Paul Erdős received this award for his contribution to the elementary proof of the Prime Number Theorem, I  could not have imagined that one day I would be honored with the same distinction.”  Photo credit: László Szelényi

Daniel Goldston

Daniel Goldston

2014 Frank Nelson Cole Prize in Number Theory

“Math can be a tough business, and while mathematicians often do not have much humility, we all have lots of experience with humiliation.  Fortunately in this case our work was not destined for the wastebasket.” Photo credit: Ryoko Goldston

Eric Larson

Eric Larson

2014 Frank and Brennie Morgan Prize for Outstanding Research in Mathematics by an Undergraduate Student

Larson discovered his love of mathematics after seeing Euclid's proof of the Infinitude of primes.  He began his research work while in high school and has so far authored or coauthored eight papers.  These papers have appeared in a wide spectrum of research journals.

Danica McKellar

Danica McKellar

2014 JPBM Communications Award

McKellar's books, blog, and public appearances have encouraged countless middle and high school students, especially girls, to be more interested in mathematics. Their brilliant presentation of mathematical concepts, in ways that relate to young girls, have attracted a huge audience that includes both boys and girls.  Photo credit: Cathryn Farnsworth

Gregory W. Moore

Gregory W. Moore

2014 Eisenbud Prize

Moore's research has injected new physical ideas and created new constructions in the mathematical fields of cluster algebras, integrable systems and hyperkahler geometry. Moore has co-authored 170 papers on physical mathematics with an emphasis on geometrical structures in physics.


Nomination Deadlines

(For full consideration nominations should be received by the deadline.)

August 1, 2014

September 15, 2014






 

AMS Prizes recognize outstanding achievement in mathematical research.

  • George David Birkhoff Prize in Applied Mathematics More information
    • For an outstanding contribution to applied mathematics in the highest and broadest sense.
    • Amount: $5,000
    • Frequency: every three years
    • Next prize: January 2015
  • Bôcher Memorial Prize More information
    • For a notable paper in analysis published during the preceding six years.
    • Amount: $5,000
    • Frequency: every three years
    • Next prize: January 2017
  • Frank Nelson Cole Prize in Algebra More information
    • For a notable paper in algebra published during the preceding six years
    • Amount: $5,000
    • Frequency: every three years
    • Next prize: January 2015
  • Frank Nelson Cole Prize in Number Theory More information
    • For a notable paper in number theory published during the preceding six years.
    • Amount: $5,000
    • Frequency: every three years
    • Next prize: January 2017
  • Levi L. Conant Prize More information
    • Recognizes the best expository paper published in either the Notices of the AMS or the Bulletin of the AMS in the preceding five years
    • Amount: $1,000
    • Frequency: every year
    • Next prize: January 2015
  • Joseph L. Doob Prize More information
    • Recognizes a single, relatively recent, outstanding research book that makes a seminal contribution to the research literature, reflects the highest standards of research exposition, and promises to have a deep and long-term impact in its area. The book must have been published within the six calendar years preceding the nomination year.
    • Amount: $5,000
    • Frequency: every three years
    • Next prize: January 2017
  • Leonard Eisenbud Prize for Mathematics and Physics More information
    • Honors a work or group of works that brings the mathematics and physics fields closer together.
    • Amount: $5,000
    • Frequency: every three years
    • Next prize: January 2017
  • Delbert Ray Fulkerson Prize More information
    • For outstanding papers in the area of discrete mathematics
    • Amount: Up to three awards of $1,500 each
    • Frequency: every three years
    • Next prize: August 2015
    • This prize is awarded jointly with the Mathematical Programming Society (MPS)
  • E. H. Moore Research Article Prize More information
    • For an outstanding research article to have appeared in one of the AMS primary research journals
    • Amount: $5,000
    • Frequency: every three years
    • Next prize: January 2016
  • Frank and Brennie Morgan Prize for Outstanding Research in Mathematics by an Undergraduate Student More information
    • To an undergraduate student (or students having submitted joint work) for outstanding research in mathematics.
    • Amount: up to three awards of $1,200 each
    • Frequency: every year
    • Next prize: January 2015
    • This prize is awarded jointly with the Mathematical Association of America (MAA) and the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM)
  • David P. Robbins Prize More information
    • For a paper with the following characteristics:  it shall report on novel research in algebra, combinatorics or discrete mathematics and shall have a significant experimental component; and it shall be on a topic which is broadly accessible and shall provide a simple statement of the problem and clear exposition of the work.
    • Amount: $5,000
    • Frequency: every three years
    • Next prize: January 2016
  • Ruth Lyttle Satter Prize in Mathematics More information
    • To recognize an outstanding contribution to mathematics research by a woman in the previous six years.
    • Amount: $5,000
    • Frequency: every two years
    • Next prize: January 2015
  • Leroy P. Steele Prize for Lifetime Achievement More information
    • For the cumulative influence of the total mathematical work of the recipient, high level of research over a period of time, particular influence on the development of a field, and influence on mathematics through Ph.D. students
    • Amount: $5,000
    • Frequency: every year
    • Next prize: January 2015
  • Leroy P. Steele Prize for Mathematical Exposition More information
    • For a book or substantial survey or expository-research paper
    • Amount: $5,000
    • Frequency: every year
    • Next prize: January 2015
  • Leroy P. Steele Prize for Seminal Contribution to Research More information
    • For a paper, whether recent or not, that has proved to be of fundamental or lasting importance in its field, or a model of important research
    • Amount: $5,000
    • Frequency: every year
    • Next prize: January 2015
  • Oswald Veblen Prize in Geometry More information
    • Recognizes a notable research memoir in geometry or topology published in the preceding six years
    • Amount: $5,000
    • Frequency: every three years
    • Next prize: January 2016
  • Albert Leon Whiteman Memorial Prize More information
    • The Whiteman Prize recognizes notable exposition and exceptional scholarship in the history of mathematics.
    • Amount: $5,000
    • Frequency: every three years
    • Next prize: January 2015
  • Norbert Wiener Prize in Applied Mathematics More information
    • For an outstanding contribution to applied mathematics in the highest and broadest sense.
    • Amount: $5,000
    • Frequency: every three years
    • Next prize: January 2016
    • This prize is awarded jointly with the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM)

AMS Awards recognize outstanding achievement in mathematics, exceptional public service in support of research and education in the mathematical sciences, and significant contributions to the public understanding of mathematics.

  • Award for Impact on the Teaching and Learning of Mathematics More information
    • Award is given to a mathematician (or group of mathematicians) who has made significant contributions of lasting value to mathematics education.
    • Amount: $1,000
    • Frequency: every year
    • Next award: Spring 2015
  • Centennial Fellowships More information
    • Awarded primarily for the excellence of the candidate's research
    • Amount: varies annually
    • Frequency: every year
    • Next award: June 2014
  • JPBM Communications Award More information
    • To reward and encourage communicators who, on a sustained basis, bring mathematical ideas and information to nonmathematical audiences
    • Amount: $1,000
    • Frequency: every year
    • Next award: January 2015
    • This is awarded jointly with the Mathematical Association of America (MAA), Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM), and the American Statistical Association (ASA)
  • Epsilon Awards for Young Scholars Programs More information
    • To help support existing summer programs for mathematically talented high school students
    • Amount: $2,500 - $15,000
    • Frequency: every year
    • Next award: March 2015
  • Exemplary Program or Achievement in a Mathematics Department Award More information
    • Recognizes a department which has distinguished itself by undertaking an unusual or particularly effective program of value to the mathematics community, internally or in relation to the rest of society
    • Amount: Up to $5,000
    • Frequency: every year
    • Next award: spring 2015
  • Mathematical Art Exhibition Award More information
    • To acknowledge those whose works demonstrate the beauty and elegance of mathematics expressed in a visual art form.
    • Amount: $400 for best photograph, painting, or print; $400 for best textile, sculpture, or other medium; $200 for one honorable mention.
    • Frequency: every year
    • Next award: January 2015
  • Mathematics Programs that Make a Difference Award More information
    • To programs that 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; have achieved documentable success in doing so; and are replicable models.
    • Frequency: every year
    • Next award: Spring 2015
  • Karl Menger Memorial Award More information
    • To pre-college students in mathematics as well as mathematically-oriented projects in computer science, physics, and engineering at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF).
    • Frequency: every year
    • Next award: June 2015
  • Public Policy Award More information
    • To recognize a public figure for sustained and exceptional contributions to public policies that foster support for research, education, and innovation
    • Frequency: every year starting in 2014
  • Award for Distinguished Public Service More information
    • To a research mathematician who has made a distinguished contribution to the mathematics profession during the preceding five years
    • Amount: $4,000
    • Frequency: every two years
    • Next award: January 2016
  • Public Service Citation More information
    • To provide encouragement and recognition for contributions to public service activities in support of mathematics.
    • The award is no longer being made.
  • Public Service Award More information
    • This award was established in 1999 by the American Mathematical Society (AMS), the American Astronomical Society (AAS), and the American Physical Society (APS) to recognize a public figure for his or her sustained and exceptional contributions to public policies that foster support for research, education, and industrial innovation in the physical sciences and mathematics.
    • As of January 2007, the AMS no longer participates in this award, but instead offers the AMS Public Policy Award.
  • Waldemar J. Trjitzinsky Memorial Awards More information
    • To assist students who have declared a major in mathematics at a college or university that is an institutional member of the AMS. These funds help support students who lack adequate financial resources and who may be in danger of not completing the degree program in mathematics for financial reasons.
    • Amount: $3,000
    • Frequency: every year
    • Next award: Fall 2014

AMS also supports some prizes and awards given by other organizations.

  • National Academy of Sciences Award in Mathematics More information
    • For excellence of research in the mathematical sciences published within the past ten years
    • Amount: $5,000
    • Frequency: every four years
    • Next award: 2016
    • This is awarded jointly with the National Academy of Sciences (NAS).
  • AMS Award for Outstanding Pi Mu Epsilon Student Paper Presentation More information
    • Recognize the best student paper(s) presented at a PME student paper session
    • Frequency: annual
    • Next award: 2014
    • This is awarded jointly with Pi Mu Epsilon (PME) and the American Statistical Association (ASA).
  • Beal Prize More information
    • For either a proof or a counterexample of the Beal Conjecture that is published in a refereed journal
    • Frequency: one time
  • Stefan Bergman Prize More information
    • Awards are made in either: 1) the theory of the kernel function and its applications in real and complex analysis; or 2) function-theoretic methods in the theory of partial differential equations of elliptic type with attention to Bergman's operator method.
    • Amount: one year’s income from the prize fund
    • Frequency: every year or two
  • Leonard M. and Eleanor B. Blumenthal Award for the Advancement of Research in Pure Mathematics More information
    • To the individual deemed to have made the most substantial contribution in research in the field of pure mathematics, and who is deemed to have the potential for future production of distinguished research in such field
    • Amount: net income from the trust
    • Frequency: every four years
    • Next award: 2017
  • The Automatic Theorem Proving Prize More information
    • The Fredkin Foundation established three prizes in Automatic Theorem Proving (ATP). In the mid-1980s the Foundation asked the AMS to appoint a formal ATP prize committee and to take over the administration of the awards. Since support for these prizes has been withdrawn, currently there are no plans to make future awards.

Browse our full prizes and awards archive to find all AMS prize and award winners and related information.

Photos from the 2014 Prizes and Awards session at the Joint Mathematics Meeting in Baltimore, Maryland.