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New: MGB-SIAM Early Career Fellowship

We are pleased to announce the MGB-SIAM Early Career Fellowship. The intent of the fellowship, launching this year, is to recognize the achievements of early career applied mathematicians – particularly those belonging to racial and ethnic groups historically excluded from the mathematical sciences in the United States – and to provide support for professional activities and career development. The fellowship reflects a joint commitment by the Mathematically Gifted & Black (MGB) program and SIAM to promote long-term engagement and continued success of underrepresented groups within SIAM and within the wider applied mathematics and computational sciences community. 

“We are excited to partner with SIAM in supporting early career mathematicians of color through this fellowship,” say MGB founders and directors Erica Graham, Raegan Higgins, Candice Price, and Shelby Wilson. “We look forward to further fostering a more inclusive environment in mathematics.”

Each year 5-8 MGB-SIAM Early Career Fellowships will be awarded, with a fellowship duration of three years. Multiple opportunities to network within the SIAM community will be provided for these fellows. These may include, but are not limited to, special thematic luncheons, professional development workshops and organization, committee shadowing, cohort-specific activities, and formal and informal mentoring.

“I look forward to working with the MGB-SIAM Early Career Fellowship team as this program launches and as it evolves over the years,” says Suzanne L. Weekes, SIAM Executive Director. “I know firsthand how necessary and important it is to be invited to engage in all the community has to offer and to be given the support and room to truly grow and contribute.”

Fellows will receive free SIAM membership for the duration of the fellowship and discounted membership in the four years following. They will also receive travel support and free registration for the SIAM Annual Meeting and one additional SIAM Conference of their choosing (in the U.S. or Canada) during the fellowship, during which they will co-organize at least one minisymposium in their research area. Fellows will also present a talk in at least one Workshop Celebrating Diversity session.

“I’m pleased that SIAM and MGB are partnering on this fellowship and, after much fruitful discussion between the two groups, I am very happy to see the public announcement of it,” says Susanne C. Brenner, SIAM President. “This exciting new program will certainly have a positive, tangible impact on the scientific and professional development of the MGB-SIAM Early Career Fellows. I am very much looking forward to meeting the first cohort of fellows!”

"Keep an eye out for more details in coming months, including application requirements and deadlines," says Ron Buckmire, SIAM Vice-President for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion. "We intend to start accepting applications in September 2021."

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