Mathematics Research Communities

Mathematics Research Communities - 2018

happy MRC participantsThe American Mathematical Society (AMS) invites early-career mathematicians — those who are close to finishing their doctorates or have recently finished — to become part of the Mathematics Research Communities, a professional development program in which the participants develop collaboration skills, build a network focused in an active research domain, and receive mentoring from leaders in that area.


This NSF-supported program includes:

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

Over time, each participant is expected to provide feedback regarding career development and the impact of the MRC program.

For each NSF-supported participant, the MRC program provides support for travel to the summer conference site and all accommodations and meals there, support for travel to the 2019 Joint Mathematics Meetings in Baltimore, Maryland, and support for follow-up collaboration travel during the year following the summer conferences. Further details are included below.

Summer Conferences

Week 1: June 3 – 9, 2018

The Mathematics of Gravity and Light
Organizers: Charles Keeton, Rutgers University; Arlie Petters, Duke University; Marcus Werner, Kyoto University

Harmonic Analysis: New Developments on Oscillatory Integrals
Organizers: Philip T. Gressman, University of Pennsylvania; Larry Guth, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Lillian B. Pierce, Duke University

Week 2: June 10 – 16, 2018

Quantum Symmetries: Subfactors and Fusion Categories
Organizers: David Penneys, The Ohio State University; Julia Plavnik, Texas A & M University; Noah Snyder, Indiana University

Number Theoretic Methods in Hyperbolic Geometry
Organizers: Benjamin Linowitz, Oberlin College; David Ben McReynolds, Purdue University; Matthew Stover, Temple University

Week 3: June 17 – 23, 2018

Agent-based Modeling in Biological and Social Systems
Organizers: Andrew Bernoff, Harvey Mudd College; Maria R. D'Orsogna, California State University at Northridge;  Alan Lindsay, University of Notre Dame; Chad Topaz, Williams College; Alexandria Volkening, Mathematical Biosciences Institute at Ohio State; Lori Ziegelmeier, Macalester College

The program pays for room and board for the stay at Whispering Pines Conference Center in West Greenwich, RI, transportation from the Providence airport to the conference center and back, and up to US \$665 in ground and air transportation.

Format of the Programs

The scientific sessions will begin each week on Monday morning and end on Friday evening. Participants should plan to travel to the conference center on Sunday and depart the following Saturday morning. Typically, the scientific sessions run from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily, and some evenings. The plenary and small-group working sessions are held in comfortable, well-equipped meeting rooms. Discussions often continue during social gatherings in the evenings.


At the Whispering Pines Conference Center, two participants share a room with two beds, internet access, television, and a private bathroom. If you have medical or personal considerations that make an alternative arrangement more appropriate, please contact us to see what accommodations may be possible.


Buffet-style meals presenting a variety of options are provided by Whispering Pines and are served in a private dining area. Dietary restrictions can be accommodated.

Social Events

There will be a reception at the beginning of the conference, morning and afternoon breaks with light refreshments throughout the week, and a final banquet. Each evening a hospitality suite provides refreshments and opportunities for informal conversation.

JMM Special Sessions

The program of the 2019 Joint Mathematics Meetings will include MRC Special Sessions on each of the summer conference topics. These and other features of the national meeting provide opportunities for the participants to deepen connections with their topic, engage with their collaborative research peers and mentors, and cultivate their professional network. The MRC program provides support for participants to travel to JMM. The amount of this support will be announced in the fall of 2018.

Follow-up Collaborations

Through the NSF grant and the AMS, a limited number of grants will be available to support small-group collaboration travel during the year following the summer conference. The objective is to foster a continuation or completion of work begun at Whispering Pines. An announcement will be made in late summer 2018 to participants regarding the application process.

Application Process

MRC participantsApplicants should be ready to engage in collaborative research and should be “early career”—either expecting to earn a PhD within two years or having completed a PhD within five years of the date of the summer conference. An exception to this limit on the career stage of an applicant may be made on a case-by-case basis. The MRC program is open to individuals who are US citizens as well as to those who are affiliated with US institutions. A few international participants may be accepted.


MRC participantsWe seek individuals who will both contribute to and benefit from the MRC experience, and our goal is to create a collaborative research community that is vibrant, productive, and diverse. We welcome applicants from academic institutions of all types, as well as from private industry and government laboratories and agencies. Women and under-represented minorities are especially encouraged to apply.

All participants are expected to be active in the full array of MRC activities — the summer conference, special sessions at the Joint Mathematics Meetings, and follow-up collaborations.

Contact Information

For further information, please contact the Associate Executive Director at


American Mathematical Society