Mathematical Sciences Research Institute, MSRI

Program ID: MSRI-ADJOINT [#879]
Program Title: African Diaspora Joint Mathematics Workshop 2020
Program Type: Other
Program Location: Berkeley, California 94720, United States [map]
Starting Date: 2020/06/15
Application Deadline: 2020/02/07 11:59PMhelp popup finished (2019/11/11, finished 2020/08/09, listed until 2020/02/07)
Program Description:   URMs apply  

*** this program has been closed and new applications are no longer being accepted. ***

The African Diaspora Joint Mathematics Workshop (ADJOINT) will take place at the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute in Berkeley, CA from June 15 to June 26, 2020.

ADJOINT is a two-week summer activity designed for researchers with a Ph.D. degree in the mathematical sciences who are interested in conducting research in a collegial environment.  

The main objective of ADJOINT is to provide opportunities for in-person research collaboration to U.S. mathematicians, especially those from the African Diaspora, who will work in small groups with research leaders on various research projects. 

Through this effort, MSRI aims to establish and promote research communities that will foster and strengthen research productivity and career development among its participants. The ADJOINT workshops are designed to catalyze research collaborations, provide support for conferences to increase the visibility of the researchers, and to develop a sense of community among the mathematicians who attend. 

The end goal of this program is to enhance the mathematical sciences and its community by positively affecting the research and careers of African-American mathematicians and supporting their efforts to achieve full access and engagement in the broader research community. 

During the workshop, each participant will: 

  • conduct research at MSRI within a group of four to five mathematicians under the direction of one of the research leaders 
  • participate in professional enhancement activities provided by the onsite ADJOINT Director 
  • receive funding for two weeks of lodging, meals and incidentals, and one round-trip travel to Berkeley, CA 
After the two-week workshop, each participant will:
  • have the opportunity to further their research project with the team members including the research leader 
  • have access to funding to attend conference(s) or to meet with other team members to pursue the research project, or to present results 
  • become part of a network of research and career mentors


Applicants must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident, possess a Ph.D. in the mathematical sciences, and be employed at a U.S. institution.

Selection Process

The guiding principle in selecting participants and establishing the groups is the creation of diverse teams whose members come from a variety of institutional types and career stages. The degree of potential positive impact on the careers of African-Americans in the mathematical sciences will be an important factor in the final decisions.

Application Process

The application deadline is February 7, 2020.

Applicants must provide:

  • a cover letter specifying which of the offered research projects they wish to be part of
  • a CV
  • a one-page personal statement that must address how the applicant’s participation will contribute to the goals of the program (e.g., why you are a good candidate for this workshop and what you hope to gain)
  • a research statement, no longer than two pages, describing the the applicant's current research interests, and relevant past research activities, and how they relate to the project(s) of greatest interest to the applicant (e.g., what motivates your current interests and what is your relevant research background) 

Due to funding restrictions, only U.S. citizens and permanent residents are eligible to apply. Applications submitted by February 7, 2020 will receive full consideration. We expect to begin making offers for participation in mid-February 2020.

2020 Research Leaders and Topics

Tepper Gill (Howard University)
Analysis, PDEs, and Mathematical Physics
The center of mass for this research is a new class of separable Banach spaces , which contains each corresponding  space as a dense continuous embedding. (View full description)

Abba Gumel (Arizona State University)
Mathematics of Malaria Transmission Dynamics
Malaria, a deadly disease caused by protozoan Plasmodium parasites that spread between humans via the bite of infected adult female Anopheles mosquitoes, is endemic in over 90 countries (causing over 220 million cases and 500,000 fatalities annually). (View full description)

Ryan Hynd (University of Pennsylvania)
Hamilton-Jacobi equations in high dimensions
Hamilton-Jacobi equations (HJE) are partial differential equations which were first derived to study problems in classical mechanics. These equations have also played a central role in control and game theory. (View full description)

Bonita Saunders (National Institute of Standards and Technology)
Validated Numerical Computations of Mathematical Functions
Project participants will be introduced to the field of validated computations of  special mathematical functions, which is the development of codes that compute certifiably accurate function values that can be used to test the accuracy of  values produced by personal, commercial, or publicly available codes.  (View full description)

Craig Sutton (Dartmouth College)
Explorations in Inverse Spectral Geometry
Inverse spectral geometry is the study of the relationship between the {spectrum} of a closed Riemannian manifold---i.e., the sequence of eigenvalue (counting multiplicities) of the associated Laplace-Beltrami operator---and its underlying geometry. (View full description)

ADJOINT Program Directors

  • Dr. Edray Goins (Lead), Pomona College
  • Dr. Caleb Ashley, University of Michigan
  • Dr. Naiomi Cameron, Spelman College
  • Dr. Jacqueline Hughes-Oliver, North Carolina State University
  • Dr. Anisah Nu’Man, Spelman College

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

Further Info:
Mathematical Sciences Research Institute
17 Gauss Way
Berkeley, CA 94720

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