|The AMS Epsilon Fund was established to help support summer mathematics programs for mathematically talented high school students. The goal of the program is to aid and promote programs that support and nurture mathematically talented youth in the United States, and to make these opportunities available to a broad pool of mathematically talented students. Although we hope that this will motivate students to pursue a career in mathematics, the real purpose is to help create a body of individuals who have struggled with challenging mathematics and developed an appreciation for and confidence in their ability to take on rigorous intellectual pursuits.|
The Epsilon Fund seeks to fund programs that follow the basic model that has proved so successful in the past: the programs should run over a period of multiple weeks during the summer, bring in at least twenty high school students with mathematical talent, and generally be directed by mathematicians.
Within these broad guidelines, many different models of programs are considered eligible and are welcome to apply. Programs may focus on any area of mathematics, pure or applied, and be of narrow or broad scope, or they may be specifically targeted to one high school year (e.g., 9th graders), or to mathematically talented women or minorities. Programs that concentrate on problem solving or mathematical research or both are welcome to apply as well. Even "summer" is not a firm requirement, though it is expected that most, if not all, will take place during the summer. Programs that use undergraduate or graduate students along with mathematicians in their teaching are particularly encouraged.
We recognize that there is no magic formula that makes the best math programs. That said, our first and main objective is to support programs that are most successful in nourishing mathematically talented youth.
Programs that have run successfully for at least one year are given preference for funding over new programs. The selection committee, in an effort to encourage new programs, would like to be as flexible as possible with the understanding that funds are limited and recently begun programs will have to show evidence of a good fit between their plans and the Epsilon Fund's mission. All programs are encouraged to make an extra effort to attract members of underrepresented groups. It is our belief that true mathematical talent lives in students in rural areas as well as cities, in students of both genders and of all colors.
The Epsilon Fund intends to award grants this year of no more than $15,000 each to five or more Mathematics programs, with the intent that half of each award should be earmarked for scholarships and half for general support of the program. The minimum award is $7,500, and generally these smaller awards are unrestricted. Awards are normally for one summer only; a new application can be made each year for support. However, if you would like your program to be considered for a two-year award, please indicate that in the budget section of your application.
To receive an award, applicant programs for 2012 must have a proven track record of at least one year, and preferably more. Programs must be physically located in the United States or Canada.
It is expected that award notifications will be made by the end of February 2012. Notification of awards will contain any restrictions on the use of the funds, and instructions on reporting. A final report will be required.
Awards will also be announced in a spring issue of Notices of the AMS.
PUBLICITY FOR MATH PROGRAMS
The AMS web site features a list of known summer programs for mathematically talented high school students (http://www.ams.org/programs/students/high-school/emp-mathcamps). Please provide this web address in the publicity brochure or web site for your program, if possible. If everyone does so, all programs will benefit.