Mathematics Research Communities

About the Mathematics Research Communities Program

Mathematics Research Communities (MRC), a program of the American Mathematical Society (AMS), nurtures early-career mathematicians—those who are close to finishing their doctorates or have recently finished—and provides them with opportunities to build social and collaborative networks to inspire and sustain each other in their work.

"As a young postdoc I was fortunate enough to participate in one of the early MRC programs. At that stage in my career, it was incredibly useful to be exposed to--and more importantly, to become part of--serious research that was tangentially related to my previous work…. We were all able to learn from each other as well… and many have collaborated since the program! Because of my wonderful experience as a participant, I returned as an organizer several years later. It was very rewarding to work with the students and postdocs in small groups."
-- Wei Ho, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

The Division of Meetings and Professional Services of the AMS coordinates the Mathematics Research Communities program, and supports organizers throughout the entire program. Questions about the overall MRC program should be addressed to or 401-455-4101.

2017 Mathematics Research Communities Program

The AMS invites mathematicians just beginning their research careers—those who are close to finishing their doctorates or have recently finished— to become part of Mathematics Research Communities, a unique and successful program that builds social and collaborative networks to inspire and sustain each other in their work. Women and underrepresented minorities are especially encouraged to participate. The structured program engages and guides all participants as they start their careers.  2017 topics and application procedures can be found here.

The program includes:

  • One-week summer conference for each topic
  • Special Sessions at the national meeting
  • Discussion networks by research topic
  • Funding for additional collaborations
  • Longitudinal study of early career mathematicians

Those accepted into this program will receive support for the summer conference, and will be partially supported for their participation in the Joint Mathematics Meetings which follow in January 2018.  The summer conferences of the MRC are held in the breathtaking mountain setting of the Snowbird Resort, Utah, where participants can enjoy the natural beauty and a collegial atmosphere.

The structured program is designed to engage and guide all participants as they start their careers. For each topic, the program includes a one-week summer conference, a Special Session at the national meeting, a discussion network, ongoing mentoring, and a longitudinal study of early career mathematicians.

An introductory article giving background information about the MRC program appeared in the February 2008 Notices, and may be found at A list of all MRC topics, from all years, can be found here.