The AMS Mathematics Research Communities (MRC) is an NSF-funded program to help graduate students and postdocs jumpstart their careers. Every summer the AMS runs three sessions, each on a specific subject. Budding researchers in that area work intensively with each other, alongside expert advisors, on open problems. Many of the 2016 participants already published their MRC results. The AMS offers some further funding for collaborations that began at an MRC and helps cover costs of travel to the annual Joint Mathematics Meetings (JMM), where the MRC topics have special sessions. Select senior participants become organizers for the JMM special session, providing a further organizational experience opportunity. During the program, mentors also offer workshops on professional development to assist attendees in navigating the space of job applications and grant proposals. Women and members of underrepresented minority groups are especially encouraged to apply.

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