American Mathematical Society, Mathematics Research Communities

3 689Program ID: MRC-STOCHASTIC [#689]
Program Title: Stochastic Spatial Models June 9-15, 2019
Program Location: Rhode Island, United States [map]
Application Deadline: 2019/02/15help popup* finished (2018/07/10, finished 2019/07/25, listed until 2019/12/31)
Program Description:    

*** this program has been closed, and no new applications will be accepted. ***

About the Mathematics Research Communities:

Mathematics Research Communities (MRC), a program of the American Mathematical Society (AMS), nurtures early-career mathematicians--those who are close to finishing their doctorates or have recently finished--and provides them with opportunities to build social and collaborative networks through which they can inspire and sustain each other in their work.

The structured program is designed to engage and guide all participants as they start their careers. For each topic, the program includes a one-week summer conference, a Special Session at the next Joint Mathematics Meetings, and a longitudinal study of early career mathematicians.

Those accepted into this program will receive a flat rate transportation allowance for the summer conference, and will be partially supported for their participation in the Joint Mathematics Meetings which follow in January 2020.

ELIGIBILITY: Individuals within one to two years prior to the receipt of their PhDs, or up to five years after receipt of their PhDs, are welcome to apply.  Most of those supported by NSF funds to participate in the MRC program will be US-based, that is, employed by or a full-time student at a US institution at the time of the MRC summer conference. However, the terms of the grant allow for a limited number of individuals who are not US-based. A few international participants may be accepted. Women and underrepresented minorities are especially encouraged to apply.  All participants are expected to be active in the full MRC program.

For any program, fellowship, prize or award that has a maximum period of eligibility after receipt of the doctoral degree, the selection committee may use discretion in making exceptions to the limit on eligibility for candidates whose careers have been interrupted for reasons such as family or health. Therefore, an applicant who has had to slow down or temporarily stop his or her career for personal reasons may request to be considered for an extension in the amount of time after the PhD degree. Please send exception requests to

  • Completed on-line application form
  • One (1) reference letter submitted by a professor or supervisor who knows the applicant and can address how the applicant will benefit from, and contribute to, the MRC program.

Note that all applicants will be notified of their status by May 1, 2019.

Week 1: June 9 – 15, 2019-- Stochastic Spatial Models

Shankar Bhamidi, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Gerandy Brito, Georgia Institute of Technology
Michael Damron, Georgia Institute of Technology
Rick Durrett, Duke University
Matthew Junge, Duke University

The goal is to better understand the global behavior of random systems driven by local interactions. A variety of geometries (e.g., lattices, trees, and various types of random graphs) and interaction rules (e.g., voting, infection, annihilation, coalescence) will be studied. Our focus will be on three interconnected topics that have witnessed rapid developments in recent years: First passage percolation was introduced more than 50 years ago as a model of the spread of a liquid through a porous medium. There has been much progress, but many open problems remain. Two-type particle systems are motivated by questions from physics and biology. In these systems different types of particles move throughout a medium, and interact when they meet. Processes on random graphs arise naturally when modeling the spread of opinions, fads, and diseases on social networks.

Many important problems are simple to state and can be attacked without an extensive background. Participants will work on new, interesting research questions, and be set on a path to continued collaboration.

Application Materials Required:
Submit the following item online at this website to complete your application:
And anything else requested in the program description.

Further Info:
800-321-4267 x 4113
Electronic submission of reference letters is requested.
If this is not possible, contact

© 2020 MathPrograms.Org, American Mathematical Society. All Rights Reserved.