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Mathematics Research Communities - 2013
"I feel very lucky to have had the opportunity as a young researcher to participate in this MRC program. It is a great way to network, think about new research problems not entirely connected to your dissertation topic, and spend a week in a beautiful setting with people who are passionate about math. I would highly recommend the conference to anyone."
The 2013 Mathematics Research Communities (MRC) summer conferences were held at the Snowbird Resort in Utah, June 9 - July 1. The four week-long conferences drew 118 early-career mathematicians. These conferences, funded by the National Science Foundation, are part of the AMS program that will include special sessions at the Joint Mathematics Meetings, a longitudinal study, and a continuation of the connections and collaborations via an electronic network.
More comments from participants:
"This was a phenomenal opportunity and was tremendously energizing."
"I liked the small group sessions and the opportunity to talk to people one on one."
"I truly enjoyed the conference. It was very rewarding, we made progress on some open problems, and I made so many connections that I hope to continue."
B) Tropical and Nonarchimedean Analytic Geometry
Tropical geometry uses a combination of techniques from toric geometry, Groebner theory, combinatorics, and rigid analysis to study algebraic varieties over valued fields. This workshop focused on links between tropical and nonarchimedean analytic geometry, and potential applications in algebraic geometry and number theory.
"I loved the focus on problems. Spending so much time with a small group working on one hard problem was an important experience for me. I have not been to other conferences where I got to have this experience."
Geometric group theory is a large and growing field. This MRC introduced young researchers to a variety of current topics in geometric group theory and aided the participants in creating new and interesting open problems in geometric group theory.
"I thoroughly enjoyed this and felt it was one of the most beneficial workshops I have ever attended."
"The problem solving sessions were very engaging. I felt I learned a lot. My group continued working on our problem after hours and after the workshop ended."
Regularity Problems for Nonlinear Partial Differential Equations Modeling Fluids and Complex Fluids
"It is probably the most hands-on conference I have been to. Also, the followup and the possibility to meet again to finish our work is unique to this conference."
About the MRC Program
The American Mathematical Society's Mathematics Research Communities program builds social and collaborative networks to inspire and sustain mathematicians who are just beginning their research careers—those who are close to finishing their doctorates or have recently finished. The structured program engages and guides all participants as they start their careers. The program includes:
Those accepted into this program receive support for the summer conference, and will be partially supported for their participation in the Joint Mathematics Meetings which follow in January 2014. 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. This program is supported by a grant from the National Science Foundation.
"Get a bunch of really good people in one place, and magic happens."
Sunset in Snowbird, Utah. Photos by Sebastian Pancratz.
See information on the 2014 MRC sessions and how to apply.
Photos not credited were taken by Ellen Maycock (AMS Associate Executive Director, Meetings and Professional Services) and James Maxwell (AMS Associate Executive Director for Special Projects).
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