
Prizes and Awards
AMS Prizes recognize outstanding achievement in mathematical research.

George David Birkhoff Prize in Applied Mathematics

For an outstanding contribution to applied mathematics in the highest and broadest sense.

Amount: $5,000

Frequency: every three years

Next prize: January 2018

Bôcher Memorial Prize

For a notable paper in analysis published during the preceding six years.

Amount: $5,000

Frequency: every three years

Next prize: January 2017

Chevalley Prize in Lie Theory

For a notable paper in Lie Theory published during the preceding six years.

Amount: $8,000

Frequency: even numbered years

Next prize: January 2016

Frank Nelson Cole Prize in Algebra

For a notable paper in algebra published during the preceding six years

Amount: $5,000

Frequency: every three years

Next prize: January 2018

Frank Nelson Cole Prize in Number Theory

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

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 2016

Joseph L. Doob Prize

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 longterm 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

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

For outstanding papers in the area of discrete mathematics

Amount: Up to three awards of $1,500 each

Frequency: every three years

Next prize: July 2018

This prize is awarded jointly with the Mathematical Optimization Society (MOS)

E. H. Moore Research Article Prize

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

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 2016

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

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

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 2017

Leroy P. Steele Prize for Lifetime Achievement

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 2016

Leroy P. Steele Prize for Mathematical Exposition

For a book or substantial survey or expositoryresearch paper

Amount: $5,000

Frequency: every year

Next prize: January 2016

Leroy P. Steele Prize for Seminal Contribution to Research

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 2016

Oswald Veblen Prize in Geometry

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

The Whiteman Prize recognizes notable exposition and exceptional scholarship in the history of mathematics.

Amount: $5,000

Frequency: every three years

Next prize: January 2018

Norbert Wiener Prize in Applied Mathematics

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

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 2016

Centennial Fellowships

Awarded primarily for the excellence of the candidate's research

Amount: varies annually

Frequency: every year

Next award: May 2016

JPBM Communications Award

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 2016

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

To help support existing summer programs for mathematically talented high school students

Amount: $2,500  $15,000

Frequency: every year

Next award: March 2016

Exemplary Program or Achievement in a Mathematics Department Award

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 2016

Mathematical Art Exhibition Award

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 2016


Mathematics Programs that Make a Difference Award

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 2016

Karl Menger Memorial Award

To precollege students in mathematics as well as mathematicallyoriented projects in computer science, physics, and engineering at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF).

Frequency: every year

Next award: June 2016

Public Policy Award

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

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

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

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

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 2015

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