In the early 1990s, William Massey of Bell Laboratories (then AT&T, now Lucent Technologies) had an idea for an organization devoted mainly to addressing critical issues involving African-American researchers and graduate students in the mathematical sciences. It was envisioned that this organization would highlight current research by African-American researchers and graduate students in mathematics, strengthen the mathematical sciences by encouraging increased participation of African-Americans and members of other underrepresented groups, facilitate working relations among them, and provide assistance to them in cultivating their careers. This organization became known as the Conference for African-American Researchers in the Mathematical Sciences (CAARMS).
It was Massey’s industry, determination and energy, coupled with that of Raymond Johnson, James Turner and others, that led to the first meeting of the organization (CAARMS1) which was held at the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute in Berkeley, California, June 1995. The 11th CAARMS will be held at The Institute for Pure and Applied Mathematics at UCLA in June 2005.
The 2005 CAARMS program will include invited speakers, tutorials, and a graduate student poster session. The conference will spotlight the accomplishments of mathematicians from underrepresented minority backgrounds, and is open to all.
Some funding is available to support graduate students who wish to make poster presentations. All interested graduate students should submit their titles and abstracts to before the funding deadline of Tuesday, May 24, 2005, and also indicate on the electronic application form (see the registration link below) that funding is sought. Students requesting funding for the poster presentation do not need to submit the extra materials (additional e-mail to IPAM, letter from a faculty advisor) mentioned below under Application.
William Massey (Princeton University)