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.

Theme posters and images through the years

The Future of Prediction

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Math Drives Careers

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Mathematics, Magic, and Mystery

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Mathematics of Sustainability

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Unraveling Complex Systems

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Mathematics and Sports

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Mathematics and Climate

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Math and Voting

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Mathematics and the Brain

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Mathematics and Internet Security

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Mathematics and the Cosmos

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The Mathematics of Networks

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Mathematics and Art

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Mathematics and the Genome

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Mathematics and the Ocean

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Math Spans All Dimensions

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Mathematics and Biology

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Mathematics and Imaging

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Mathematics and the Internet

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Mathematics and Decision Making

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Mathematics and Symmetry

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Mathematics and Medicine

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Mathematics and Manufacturing

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Mathematics and the Environment

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