Welcome to NAM!
NAM's Mission, Purpose, and Goals
The National Association of Mathematicians (NAM) is a non-profit professional organization in the mathematical sciences with membership open to all persons interested in the mission and purpose of NAM which are:
- promoting excellence in the mathematical sciences and
- promoting the mathematical development of all underrepresented minorities.
NAM was founded in 1969; in 2019, we celebrated our 50th anniversary. The mission and associated purposes lead to the following specific major goals of NAM.
- To engage in activities, projects, programs, conferences, workshops, seminars, etc. which are designed to inspire, motivate, promote, and assist persons of all ages to seek, embark or maintain an active interest/career affinity in some area(s) of the mathematical sciences.
- To promote and assist in the continued professional development of practicing mathematical scientists and educators, especially those groups that are underrepresented in the mathematical sciences.
- To support the continued development of excellence in teaching and curriculum enhancement in the mathematical sciences, especially at Historic Black Colleges and Universities/Minority Institutions.
- To advocate, promote and support research in the mathematical sciences, especially for underrepresented minorities.
- To increase the mathematical sciences community and general public's awareness of issues of importance in areas of the mathematical sciences, especially those that are of great interest to underrepresented minorities.
While the membership is open to everyone, NAM seeks to promote excellence in the mathematical sciences for underrepresented american minorities in general and African-Americans in particular. We have over 500 members, and hope that you will join and become one as well!
NAM's Welcoming Statement
The National Association of Mathematicians (NAM) is a non-profit professional organization in the mathematical sciences with membership open to all persons interested in the mission and purpose of NAM, which are promoting excellence in the mathematical sciences and promoting the mathematical development of all underrepresented minorities. NAM was founded under the principles of inclusion and diversity at a time when major American mathematical organizations were excluding mathematicians of color from their membership, editorial boards, research symposia, and other professional activities. Blatant human disrespect, harassment, or assault -- sexual or otherwise -- are forms of misconduct that undermine the integrity of NAM: such misconduct will not be tolerated within the organization or at NAM activities. NAM continues to welcome and encourage diversity in the expression of scientific ideas and free expression. NAM is committed to the promotion of equal opportunity and treatment for all NAM members and participants in NAM-sponsored events, regardless of gender, gender identity or expression, race, color, national or ethnic origin, religion or religious belief, age, marital status, sexual orientation, disabilities, veteran status, or any other reason not related to scientific merit.
NAM has a Board of Directors as well as twelve Standing Committees. We host events at the Joint Mathematics Meetings as well as MAA's MathFest. In all, NAM has twelve signature events which take place at five points throughout the year:
- Winter Event: Joint Mathematics Meetings
- Spring Event: Regional Faculty Conference on Research and Teaching Excellence
- Early Summer Event: Computational Science Institute
- Late Summer Event: Mathematical Association of America (MAA) MathFest
- Fall Event: NAM Undergraduate MATHFest
You can learn more about NAM's upcoming programs and activities by clicking here. We also act as an advocacy organization for underrepresented minorities in the mathematical sciences. We have representatives which serve on many committees:
- AMS-ASA-ISM-MAA-SIAM Joint Data Committee
- Conference Board of the Mathematical Sciences (CBMS)
- Joint Committee on Women in the Mathematical Sciences (JCW)
- MAA Committee on Minority Participation in Mathematics (CMPM)
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We are very excited about the future of the organization, and are looking forward to having you join us! Register for free to join our mailing list; you can decide later which type of Member you would like to become.
Welcome to NAM!
Leona A. Harris, Ph.D.
Interim President and Executive Director
National Association of Mathematicians, Inc.