Blackwell-Tapia Conference and Award Ceremony
David H. Blackwell & Richard Tapia
|November 9-10, 2018 organized by ICERM|
This biennial conference and prize honors two seminal figures who inspired a generation of African American, Latino/Latina, and Native American students to pursue careers in mathematics—David H. Blackwell, the first African-American member of the National Academy of Science, and Richard A. Tapia, winner of the National Medal of Science in 2010. The conference
- recognizes and showcases mathematical excellence by minority researchers;
- recognizes and disseminates successful efforts to address underrepresentation;
- informs students and mathematicians about career opportunities in mathematics; and
- provides networking opportunities from mathematical researchers at all stages of higher education and career trajectory.
The Blackwell-Tapia prize recognizes a mathematician who has served as a role model for mathematical scientists and students from underrepresented minority groups or has contributed in other significant ways to addressing the problem of underrepresentation of minorities in mathematics.
Nominations are solicited for the ninth Blackwell-Tapia Prize, which will be awarded at a conference to be held at the Institute for Computational and Experimental Research in Mathematics (ICERM) at Brown University on November 9–10, 2018. Nominees should be active mathematical scientists who have (1) contributed and continue to contribute significantly to research in their fields of expertise; and (2) served as role models for mathematical scientists and students from underrepresented minority groups or contributed in other significant ways to addressing the problem of the underrepresentation of minorities in mathematics.
Nominations should be sent by e-mail to Robert Megginson at firstname.lastname@example.org by February 28, 2018. For full details and requirements about nominations, please see this document.
- “The conference strengthened my relationship with colleagues at other universities.”
- “The main thing that I got out of the Blackwell-Tapia Conference is confidence. Having a group composed mainly of minorities organizing and discussing topics in science and mathematics really gave me the ‘I can do it also’ feeling some necessary to keep going in research.”
- “I am currently in my penultimate year of graduate school and feel the Blackwell-Tapia conference has greatly inspired me throughout my graduate career. I hope to continue to remain involved after graduate school.”
- “I met graduate students, postdoctoral fellows and junior faculty that I have been informally advising and mentoring. This has been a very rewarding experience. In addition, I initiated a new collaboration with a junior faculty member, which I hope will lead to a publication in the near future.”