Mathematics and Statistics Awareness Month

Activities

College and university — and also high school departments, institutional public information offices, math clubs, and student groups--and related associations and interest groups are urged to organize and host activities in April for Mathematics and Statistics Awareness Month. Past activities have included workshops, competitions, exhibits, festivals, lectures, symposia, department open houses, math art exhibits, and math poetry readings. Some years, elected officials have issued proclamations, frequently in connection with special meetings and events arranged to observe the month. If you're looking for topics to inspire activities, revisit some of the many previous themes listed at the bottom of this page; the web pages have a wealth of resources. Read more

April marks a time to increase the understanding and appreciation of mathematics and statistics.

MAM 2017 7.25x9.75Why? Both subjects play a significant role in addressing many real-world problems--internet security, sustainability, disease, climate change, the data deluge, and much more. Research in these and other areas is ongoing, revealing new results and applications every day in fields such as medicine, manufacturing, energy, biotechnology, and business. Mathematics and statistics are important drivers of innovation in our technological world, in which new systems and methodologies continue to become more complex.

View this year's downloadable flyer.

Basic research in mathematics is valuable in itself, but it often contributes to research in other sciences, and has often, years later, led to discoveries that impact society today. For example, an encryption algorithm used today in e-commerce relies on results discovered in the 17th and 18th centuries, long before computers were invented. Mathematics has inspired some of the most stunning architecture and art.

In the age of big data, statistics underlies almost every decision made today, whether it's the effectiveness of a new drug or treatment, or the debut of a new mobile device. Statistics is how analysts convert raw data into useful information, from studies of proteins to surveys of galaxies.

Research in statistics and the mathematical sciences is important for its applications and because it trains one in critical thinking and problem solving. From magic squares and Möbius bands to magical card tricks and illusions, mysterious phenomena with elegant "Aha!" explanations have been part of both subjects for centuries.

This April, let's celebrate mathematics and statistics and the diverse researchers and students in these fields who are contributing so much to furthering discoveries, solving problems, and finding beauty in our world.

Professional Mathematical Societies

These professional societies maintain websites that include a wealth of information on mathematics, careers in mathematics, resources for educators and students, conferences, publications, and more.
American Mathematical Society: (AMS), 201 Charles Street, Providence, RI 02904 Tel: 800-321-4267 (US and Canada), 401-455-4000 (worldwide) Email: paoffice at ams.org
American Statistical Association (ASA), 1429 Duke St., Alexandria, VA 22314-3415
Tel: 703-684-1221 (toll-free 888-231-3473)
Email: asainfo at amstat.org
Association for Women in Mathematics (AWM), 11240 Waples Mill Road, Suite 200, Fairfax, Virginia 22030
Tel: 703-934-0163 fax 703-359-7562
Email: awm at math.umd.edu.org
Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS), 901 Elkridge Landing Road, Suite 400, Linthicum, MD 21090-2909
Tel: 800-4INFORMS
Email: informs at informs.org
International Society for Computational Biology (ISCB), 9500 Gilman Drive, MC 0505 UCSD/SDSC La Jolla, CA 92093-0505
Tel: +1-858-822-0852
Email: : admin@iscb.org
Mathematical Association of America (MAA), P.O. Box 91112, Washington, DC 20090-1112
Tel: 800-331-1622 or 301-617-7800
Email: maahq at maa.org
National Association of Mathematicians (NAM), Box 959, Elizabeth City State University, Elizabeth City, NC 27909
Tel: 919-335-3326
Email: nam at ias.ga.unc.edu
National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM), 1906 Association Drive, Reston, VA 20191-9988
Tel: 703-476-2970
Email: nctm at nctm.org
Society for Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS): P.O. Box 8526, Santa Cruz, CA 95061-8526
Tel: 831-459-0170
Email: info at sacnas.org
Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM): 3600 University City Science Center, Philadelphia, PA 19104-2688
Tel: 215-382-9800
Email: siam at siam.org
Society of Actuaries (SOA): 475 North Martingale Road, Suite 800, Schaumberg, IL 60173-2226
Tel: 847-706-3500
Society for Mathematical Biology (SMB): Department of Mathematics and Statistics
Murray State University
Murray, KY 42071, USA
Phone: 270-809-2491