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The Mary P. Dolciani Award recognizes a pure or applied mathematician who is making a distinguished contribution to the mathematical education of K-16 students in the United States or Canada. The recipient will be actively contributing to math education at the time of the selection. The award of $5000 was first given in 2012.

Nominations are due to the MAA Secretary on October 1.

Dolciani Award Guidelines

The Mary P. Dolciani Award recognizes a pure or applied mathematician who is making a distinguished contribution to the mathematical education of K-16 students in the United States or Canada. The recipient will be actively contributing to math education at the time of the selection. The award is $5,000.

A nominee must:

  • Have received a Ph.D in pure or applied mathematics
  • Have a record of published research in pure or applied mathematics
  • Have a record of distinguished contributions to K-16 mathematics education in the United States or Canada
  • Have not received the MAA’s Gung & Hu Award within the last five years (effective January 2016).

The nomination packet will consist of nomination form (including nominator’s letter), and up to two additional letters of recommendation.  Nomination packets should discuss the nominee’s past and current contributions to mathematics education, which could include (but are not limited to):

  • Developing or assessing the K-16 mathematics curriculum, including publication of educational texts, instructional materials, or software.
  • Developing successful programs for improving teaching, teacher preparation, gender equity and diversity of students or faculty, undergraduate research, or mentoring in K-16 mathematics
  • Developing or promoting technology for K-16 educational use.
  • Drafting or disseminating major publications related to K-16 mathematics education.
  • Influencing legislation or policy related to K-16 mathematics education.
  • Developing or contributing to mathematics enrichment programs for K-12 students and teachers.
  • Raising the profile of K-16 mathematics education concerns, including equity and diversity, in the larger mathematics community.

Nominations are due by October 1. Please email it to secretary@maa.org.  Nominees will automatically be held in consideration for three years.

Past Recipients

2023

Stan Yoshinobu, University of Toronto

2022

Roger Howe, Texas A&M University

2021

John Ewing, Math for America (MfA)

2020

Henry Pollak, Columbia University

2019

Joseph Gallian, University of Minnesota Duluth

2018

Al Cuoco, Distinguished Scholar, Education Development Center

2017

Tatiana Shubin, San Jose State University

2015

Sybilla Beckmann, University of Georgia

2014

Alan Schoenfeld, University of California at Berkeley

2013

Hyman Bass, University of Michigan

2012

William G. McCallum, University of Arizona