Increasing Diversity in the Mathematical Sciences
The AMS is committed to fostering efforts to support the hiring, retention and promotion of women and underrepresented minorities at all levels of academia and in industry. Members, both individual and institutional, are urged to examine their policies and procedures to find ways to facilitate careers in mathematics for traditionally underrepresented groups.
Below you'll find information on programs and activities of the AMS and other organizations aimed at improving diversity and inclusion throughout the mathematical sciences.
The AMS Education and Diversity Department
- The AMS Education and Diversity Department was created in 2016 with an initial focus on diversity at the graduate level in the mathematical sciences.
- Explore the Education and Diversity Department's webpage.
- Read an interview with the AMS Director of Education and Diversity, Helen G. Grundman.
- The AMS recognizes and supports programs that are models of success for engaging and mentoring students, particularly those from underrepresented groups, in the pursuit of higher-level mathematics.
- Mathematics Programs that Make a Difference. Since 2006, the AMS has highlighted programs that aim either to bring women and persons from underrepresented backgrounds into the pipeline beginning at the undergraduate level and leading to an advanced degree in mathematics, or retain them in the pipeline.
- Exemplary Program or Achievement in a Mathematics Department. This AMS award recognizes a department that 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.
- Bridge to Enter Advanced Mathematics (BEAM). This program for underserved pre-college students helps them to enter advanced study in mathematics, creating pathways to becoming scientists, mathematicians, engineers, and computer scientists. BEAM (originally known as SPMPS) has received grants from the AMS Epsilon Fund for several years.
All Girls/All Math. This summer mathematics camp for high school girls provides a stimulating and supportive environment for girls to develop their mathematical ability and interest. It has received frequent AMS Epsilon Fund support for almost two decades.
Advancing Research and Careers
- These programs offer fellowships, grants, or awards in the mathematical sciences.
- Association for Women in Mathematics (AWM) Programs. Programs, fellowships, travel and mentoring grants, awards, and information on mentoring for women in mathematics.
- Development Fund for Black Students in Science and Technology. Provides scholarships to African-American undergraduate students enrolled in scientific or technical fields of study at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs).
- ExxonMobil LOFT Fellowships. Fellowships in STEM fields (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) for Hispanic college students.
- Ford Foundation Diversity Fellowships. Annual fellowships available for pre-doctoral, dissertation, and post-doctoral levels, which aim to increase the diversity of the nation's college and university faculties.
- L'Oréal USA For Women in Science Fellowship Program. This program annually recognizes and rewards five U.S.-based post-doctoral women researchers for their outstanding contributions in science, technology, engineering and math fields.
- McNair Scholars Program. Prepares undergraduate students for doctoral studies through involvement in research and other scholarly activities so as to increase the number of graduate degree obtained by students from underrepresented segments of society.
- Presidential Awards for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring (PAESMEM). This program seeks to identify outstanding mentoring efforts that enhance the participation of groups underrepresented in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.
- Sloan Career Cornerstone Center. A listing of programs for underrepresented minorities and women that focus on science, engineering, mathematics, and medicine, including information on university resources, summer programs, pre-college programs, scholarship opportunities, and professional association support, including the Sloan Indigenous Graduate Partnership and the Sloan Minority Ph.D. Program.
- The Sloan Foundation offers special scholarships to underrepresented minority students who are beginning their doctoral work in engineering, the natural sciences, or mathematics.
- Under the Microscope where women and science connect, from the Feminist Press.
- Women and Mathematics Program at the Institute for Advanced Study.
- The sites below include profiles of well- and lesser-known mathematicians and two blogs by and for underrepresented professionals and students in the mathematical sciences.
- AWM Essay Contest: Biographies of Contemporary Women in Mathematics. An annual contest sponsored by AWM and Math for America to increase awareness of women's ongoing contributions to the mathematical sciences.
- Biographies of Women Mathematicians. An ongoing project at Agnes Scott College that illustrates the achievements of women in the field of mathematics.
John Urschel - Mathematician and Former Pro Football Player. An AMS poster and web page about this mathematician with an unexpected (recent) past!
- Mathematicians of the African Diaspora. Exhibits the accomplishments of mathematicians from Africa and the African Diaspora.
- SUMMA Archival Record. Pictures and biographies of PhDs in mathematics and mathematics education who are members of minority groups (SUMMA stands for Strengthening Underrepresented Minority Mathematics Achievement, and is a program of the MAA).
- Women Doing Mathematics. A poster and web page from the AMS.
- The e-Mentoring Network in the Mathematical Sciences blog. Edited by Ricardo Cortez, Pamela Harris, and Dagan Karp, with contributions by Erika Camacho, Edray Goins, Herbert Medina, and Talithia Williams.
- The inclusion/exclusion blog. A blog to discuss issues pertaining to marginalized and underrepresented groups in mathematics, edited by Adriana Salerno (editor-in-chief), Edray Goins, Piper Harron, Brian P. Katz, and Luis Leyva.
Organizations that Promote Diversity
- These organizations work in the mathematics (or broader) communities. Some of them have diversity and inclusion as primary goals and others offer specific programs and services towards these ends.
- American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES).
- American Mathematical Society (AMS).
- American Statistical Association (ASA).
- Association for Women in Mathematics (AWM).
- Building Diversity in Science (BDIS).
- Conference for African-American Researchers in the Mathematical Sciences (CAARMS).
- Enhancing Diversity in Graduate Education (EDGE).
- Joint Committee on Women in the Mathematical Sciences (JCW).
- Mathematical Association of America (MAA).
- National Alliance for Doctoral Studies in Mathematics (Math Alliance).
- National Association of Mathematicians (NAM).
- National Science Foundation Mathematical Sciences Institutes.
- Society for the Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS).
- Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM).
- Spectra: the Association for LGBT Mathematicians.
- The AMS is dedicated to advancing research and connecting the diverse global mathematical community through our publications, meetings and conferences, MathSciNet, professional services, advocacy, and awareness programs. Please visit our membership area to explore AMS membership.
Banner photos: (left to right) Invited Address speaker Suzanne Weekes, flash mob human knot construction, and Invited Address speaker Laura DeMarco at the Joint Mathematics Meetings--photos by Sandy Huffaker--and student poster presenters at the SACNAS National Conference--photo by Annette Emerson.
For more information, email Helen G. Grundman, Director of Education and Diversity