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AMS Epsilon Fund Grant for Young Scholars Programs

Grants to USA and Canada High School Math
Programs and Summer Courses for Talented Students

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American Mathematical Society (AMS) Epsilon Fund

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Grants ranging from $2,500 to $15,000 to USA and Canada high school math programs for summer math courses that encourage the development of math talent in a broad pool of mathematically gifted students. Eligible math programs are encouraged to make an extra effort to attract members of underrepresented groups.

Although it is hoped 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.

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.

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GrantWatch ID#: 177573

Estimated Size of Grant:

Funding for the Epsilon award is set at a minimum award of $2,500 for mature programs. This amount is generally unrestricted. The normal award levels should be between $5,000 and $15,000 with the $5,000 level for promising experiments that need encouragement, with the intent that half of each award should be earmarked for scholarships and half for general support of the program.

Term of Contract:

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.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

To receive an award, applicant programs for 2019 must have a proven track record of at least one year, and preferably more. 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.

Programs must be physically located in the United States or Canada.

Pre-Application Information:

Applications are due online by December 15, 2018.

Award notifications will be made by the end of February 2019.

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Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

To access the online application portal:

Pamela Morin
Phone: 401-455-4060/800-321-4267, ext. 4060

American Mathematical Society
Membership & Programs Department
201 Charles St.
Providence, RI 02904

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