
Mission Statement
Mathematical sciences institutes in North America, including the
NSF Mathematical Sciences Institutes, have formed a committee
with the goal of joining together in their efforts to
support the participation of underrepresented groups in the
mathematical sciences, including women, underrepresented racial
and ethnic minorities, and persons with disabilities.
This page is intended to facilitate that participation by providing
links to various resources.
Future Math Institutes Workshops
Semester  Workshop  Organizer  Workshop  Organizer 
Spring 2014  Spring Opportunities  NIMBioS SAMSI  Infinite Possibilities  MBI MSRI 
Fall 2014  Modern Math  SAMSI  Blackwell Tapia  IPAM 
Spring 2015  Careers for Minorities  IMA   
Past Math Institutes Workshops
Additional Diversity Events

Field of Dreams 2013

NAM Mathfest 2013:
 The National Alliance for Doctoral Studies in the Mathematical Sciences newsletter.
 AWM Research Symposium for the diversity to be held at Santa Clara University March 16  17, 2013
 Field of Dreams Conference 2012, November 24, 2012, Arizona State University.
 NAM Undergraduate Mathfest XXII Nov 8  10, 2012 at Morgan State University.
 Infinite possibilities conference 2012, March 3031, 2012, University of Maryland, Baltimore County, Baltimore, Maryland.
 NSF Mathematics Institutes' Modern Math Workshop (at SACNAS), October 26  27, 2011
 Field of Dreams workshop, October 14  16, 2011, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ, Alliance Graduate Program Groups
 2010 Society for Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) Conference
on Sep 2930 at Anaheim, California
 2009 Society for Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) Conference
at Dallas, Texas
Diversity Committee Members
AIM  Leslie Hogben, hogben@aimath.org
AWM  Georgia Benkart, benkart@math.wisc.edu
CRM  Chantal David, cdavid@mathstat.concordia.ca
DIMACS  Brenda Latka, latka@dimax.rutgers.edu
Fields  Matheus Grasselli, grassel@fields.utoronto.ca
IAS/PCMI  Dennis Davenport, dennis.davenport@howard.edu
ICERM  Ulrica Wilson, ulrica_wilson@icerm.brown.edu
IMA  Cheri Shakiban, shakiban@ima.umn.edu
IPAM  Christian Ratsch, cratsch@math.ucla.edu
MBI  Helen Chamberlin, chamberlin.27@osu.edu
MSRI  Helene Barcelo, deputy.director@msri.org
NIMBioS  Suzanne Lenhart, lenhart@math.utk.edu
NISS  Nell Sedransk, sedransk@niss.org
NSA  Mel Currie, mrcurri@orion.ncsc.mil
PIMS  Alejandro Adem, adem@pims.math.ca
SAMSI  Sujit Ghosh, sghosh2@ncsu.edu
Mathematics Institutes Diversity Links
 AWM Mentor Network
 Diversity in the Mathematics and Scientific Community

BlackwellTapia
The Blackwell‐Tapia Prize
The BlackwellTapia Prize
This prize is awarded every second year in honor of the legacy of David H. Blackwell and
Richard A. Tapia, two distinguished mathematical scientists who have been inspirations to more
than a generation of African American, Latino/Latina, and Native American students and
professionals in the mathematical sciences. It recognizes a mathematical scientist who has
contributed and continues to contribute significantly to research in his or her field of expertise,
and who has served as a role model for mathematical scientists and students from underrepresented
minority groups or contributed in other significant ways to addressing the problem
of the under‐representation of minorities in mathematics.
History
Mathematical and Theoretical Biology Institute Director CarlosCastillo Chavez, a member of MSRI's Human Resources Advisory Committee (HRAC) from 19972000 and a faculty member at Cornell University at the time, broached the idea during an HRAC meeting of a conference honoring David Blackwell and Richard Tapia. He then implemented that vision by securing funding from Cornell for the first BlackwellTapia Conference, held at Cornell in 2000 and attended by both Blackwell and Tapia. MSRI Director David Eisenbud then suggested the establishment of the David Blackwell and Richard Tapia Award as a joint enterprise between Cornell and MSRI, to extend the honoring of these two eminent mathematical scientists to those who have followed in their footsteps. That award was first presented in 2002 at the second BlackwellTapia Conference, held at MSRI. Starting in 2004, the Blackwell‐Tapia Conference has been hosted by other North American mathematical sciences institutes every two years, including the Institute for Pure and Applied Mathematics in 2004, the Institute for Mathematics and its Applications in 2006, the Statistical and Applied Mathematical Sciences Institute in 2008, and the Mathematical Biosciences Institute in 2010. The 2012 conference and prize will be hosted by the Institute for Computational and Experimental Research in Mathematics. The National Blackwell‐Tapia Committee selects the prize recipient. Primary funding for the conference comes from the host institute, while funding for the prize itself continues to be provided by a generous contribution from Cornell University.
Previous Blackwell‐Tapia Awardees
 2002 ‐ Arlie Petters (Duke University)
 2004 – Rodrigo Banuelos (Purdue)
 2006 ‐ William Massey (Princeton)
 2008 ‐ Juan Meza (Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory)
 2010  Trachette Jackson (University of Michigan)
Left to right: William Massey, Juan Meza, Arlie Petters, Rodrigo Banuelos
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 Broadening Participation for Greater Diversity
 Modern Math workshop at SACNAS

Diversity at the Math Institutes

