Mathematics Research Communities

About the Mathematics Research Communities Program

participants of AMS research communitiesThe AMS’s Mathematics Research Communities (MRC) program is a professional development program offering early-career mathematicians a rich array of opportunities to develop collaboration skills, build a network focused in an active research domain, and receive mentoring from leaders in that area. Funded through a generous three-year grant from the National Science Foundation, MRC is a year-long “bootcamp” experience that includes:

  • Intensive one-week, hands-on research conference in the summer;
  • Special Sessions at the AMS-MAA Joint Mathematics Meetings in the January following the summer conference;
  • Follow-up small-group collaborations;
  • Longer-term opportunities for collaboration and community building among the participants;

participants of the AMS research communitiesOver time, each participant is expected to provide feedback regarding career development and the impact of the MRC program.

Women, underrepresented minorities, and individuals from various types of institutions across the country are all encouraged to participate.

Since the inception of the MRC program in 2008, nearly 1,200 alumni from 35 different topical areas have participated. A list of all MRC topics, from all years, can be found here.

The 2018 topics and application procedures can be found here.

The summer conferences of the MRC are traditionally held at a retreat site where quiet and natural beauty can foster interactions without distractions. Chosen to provide comfortable accommodations, a variety of delicious and nutritious meal options, and opportunities for outdoor activities, these facilities offer ways to become acquainted with locales in the US that may be new to participants and organizers. The location of the 2018 summer conferences will be announced in the summer of 2017.

MRC Microconferences

"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 important to become part of serious research ... We were all able to learn from each other, ... and many have collaborated since the program! Because of my wonderful experiences as a participant, I returned as an organizer several years later. ..." -- Wei Ho, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

With the 2017 – 2019 cycle of MRC program comes an opportunity for alumni of past years’ summer conferences to re-connect with their MRC peers for collaborative visits. The program provides funding to help underwrite gatherings of ten to fifteen mathematicians in which MRC alums coordinate and lead microconferences of a few to several days’ duration that further mathematical work emanating from their original MRC summer conference. Please email thb@ams.org with questions and expressions of interest.

General Questions

AMS’s Division of Meetings and Professional Services coordinates the MRC program. General questions should be addressed to aed-mps@ams.org or 401-455-4101.

An introductory article giving background information about the MRC program appeared in the February 2008 Notices, and may be found at http://www.ams.org/notices/200802/tx080200247p.pdf.


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