The Mathematical Sciences Research Institute (MSRI) is dedicated
 to the advancement and communication of fundamental knowledge in mathematics and the mathematical sciences,
 to the development of human capital for the growth and use of such knowledge, and
 to the cultivation in the larger society of awareness and appreciation of the beauty, power and importance of mathematical ideas and ways of understanding the world.
About MSRI
From its beginning in 1982 the Institute has been primarily funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) with additional support from other government agencies, private foundations, and academic sponsors and corporate partners. Approximately 2,000 mathematical scientists visit MSRI each year, many for substantial periods.
National Science Foundation Annual Reports
DMS0441170 200506 (PDF file 2.1MB)

200607 (PDF file 3.4MB)
 200708 (PDF file 5.7MB)
 200809 (PDF file 9.3MB)
 200510 Summary & 200910 Detailed Report (PDF file 6.83MB)
 201011 (PDF file 10.4MB)
 201112 (PDF file 17.7MB)
 201213 (PDF file 12.5MB)

201314 (PDF file 19.7MB)
The executive functions of the trustees are handled by the Steering Committee , which includes officers drawn from the trustees plus ex officio members—the directorate and the chairs of the Scientific Advisory Committee and the Committee of Academic Sponsors. MSRI’s scientific programs are overseen by a Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC) of leading mathematical scientists. MSRI is also advised by specialized committees of experts, including the Educational Advisory Committee (EAC) and the Human Resources Advisory Committee (HRAC).
Facts about MSRI
The Mathematical Sciences Research Institute (MSRI) is one of the world’s
preeminent centers for collaborative research. A rotating committee of ten
renowned mathematical scientists governs the Institute’s scientific programs
with a vision of the field that is perpetually renewed. A Board of Trustees,
composed of accomplished business and academic leaders, oversees the
Institute’s strategy, and assures its operational and financial welfare.
Researchers—some 2,000 per year—come to MSRI to work in an environment that promotes creativity and the effective interchange of ideas and techniques. MSRI features two focused programs each semester, attended by foremost mathematicians and postdocs from the United States and abroad; the Institute temporarily becomes a world center of activity in those fields. MSRI’s staff and hosting processes effectively and comfortably support the visiting academic research community.
MSRI takes advantage of its close proximity to the University of California, Berkeley and to the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. MSRI also collaborates nationally with organizations such as the Chicago Mercantile Exchange. The Institute’s prizewinning fortyeight thousand square foot building enjoys spectacular views of the San Francisco Bay. After 30 years of activity, the reputation of the Institute is such that mathematicians make it a professional priority to participate in the Institute’s programs.
MSRI also serves a wider community through the development of human scientific capital, providing postdoctoral training to extraordinary young scientists and increasing the diversity of the research workforce.
The Institute advances the education of young people with conferences on critical issues in mathematics education. MSRI has created a national “math circles” movement of small organizations teaching and engaging in math as a hobby, beyond the standard curricula, for enthusiastic and often gifted kids. Through bold and attractive programs and films for the general public, MSRI strives to make mathematics accessible and exciting to those outside the field.
Because MSRI contributes so much to the nation’s scientific potential, MSRI’s activity is supported by the National Science Foundation and the National Security Agency. Private individuals, foundations, and nearly 100 Academic Sponsor Institutions, including the top mathematics departments in the United States, provide crucial support and flexibility.
A sense of the activity and physical plant of MSRI can be had through the short video at http://tinyurl.com/MSRIvideo.
Background & Purpose
 Established in 1982 in Berkeley, California
 Located above the campus of the University of California, Berkeley, as an independent nonprofit research institute
 Sponsored by approximately 100 universities and institutions around the world
 Dedicated to the advancement of research in pure, applied, and interdisciplinary mathematics
 Recognized as the world’s premier center for collaborative research spanning all branches of mathematical sciences and the site of breakthroughs in mathematics leading to progress in science,technology, medicine and economics
 Hosts approximately 2,000 annual scientific visits by mathematicians from the U.S. and abroad, including many recipients of the Fields Medal and the Abel Prize
 Trains the next generation of researchers through postdoctoral fellowships in mathematics
 Provides K12 education programs for students and training for educators
 Actively recruits women and underrepresented minorities to participate in its programs
 Generates public appreciation of mathematics through innovative scientific, literary, musical, and other cultural events
Resources & Programs
MSRI Research Program 2010–2014

Major Programs: The Institute’s Scientific Advisory Committee selects major programs several years in advance. The following programs have been selected for 2010–14:
o Random Matrix Theory, Interacting Particle Systems and Integrable Systems (2010)
o Inverse Problems and Applications (2010)
o Free Boundary Problems, Theory and Applications (2011)
o Arithmetic Statistics (2011)
o Quantitative Geometry (2012)
o Random Spatial Processes (2012)
o Cluster Algebras (2010)
o Commutative Algebra (201213)
o Model Theory and Number Theory (201314)

Many Workshops Related to the Programs

2011 Summer Graduate Workshops:

MSRIUP  a summer undergraduate program for underrepresented minority students
K–12 Mathematics Education Programs
 2006  Raising the Floor: Progress and Setbacks in the Struggle for Quality Mathematics Education for All

National Association for Math Circles (NAMC) for middle and high school students

Bay Area Mathematical Olympiad(BAMO) with about 350 contestants/year

Julia Robinson Mathematics Festival & Problem Solving Challenge

MSRI Mathematical Circles Library
MSRI Biology Colloquia: Biology for Mathematicians

Dr. Arnold Levine, Evolution of Influenza Viruses (2006)

Dr. Mimi Koehl, Sniffing by Hairy Noses (2007)

Dr. Robert Schleif, Information Storage and Retrieval of Functions of DNA (2007)

Dr. Sidney Brenner, Biology, the Art of the Satisfactory and Drowning in a Sea of Data and Thirsting for Knowledge (2007)

Dr. Alan Perelson, How Mathematics Provides Information About HIV/(2007)

Dr. Garrett Odell, For Making Genetic Networks Operate Robustly, Unintelligent NonDesign Suffices (2008)
MSRI Climate Change

Symposium on Climate Change: from Global Models to Local Action (2007)

Climate Change Summer School (2008)

Economic Games and Mechanisms to Address Climate Change (2009)
Public Programs

Lectures open to the public and usually freeofcharge

Community events on mathematical topics:
 Good News Everyone, Mathematical Writers from The Simpsons and Futurama
 Funny Numbers: An Evening with Steve Martin in Conversation with Bob Osserman, with actors Steve Martin and Robin Williams
 Tomography to Toy Story
 Mathematics in Arcadia, with playwright Tom Stoppard
 Theater, Science and History in “Copenhagen”, with playwright Michael Frayn
 Cinemath, a MSRI film festival
 From Einstein to Koyaanisqatsi — Philip Glass in conversation with Bob Osserman
 A Beautiful Mind, with author Sylvia Nasar and mathematician Dave Bayer
 The Shape of Space — MacArthur Fellow Jeff Weeks
 Fractals and Financial Markets — A Conversation with Benoit Mandelbrot
 Geometry and Physics: From Plato to Hawking — 20th Anniversary Lecture by Sir Michael Atiyah

Before the Big Bang: a Radical Solution to the Mystery of the Second Law of Thermodynamics  Simons Auditorium Inaugural lecture by Sir Roger Penrose
 M*A*T*H — Alan Alda in conversation with Bob Osserman
Music and Mathematics

The Art of Fugue, Davitt Moroney, Harpsichordist

Christopher Taylor in Conversation with Bob Osserman

St. Lawrence String Quartet with NPR's Rob Kapilow

The John Cage Legacy: Chance in Music and Mathematics, the Merce Cuningham Dance Company

Cavani String Quartet and pianist Sharon Mann

Elizabeth Blumenstock, One is One and All Alone, violin

Tanya Tomkins, One is One and All Alone, Baroque cello

Marcus du Sautoy, Music of the Primes

Christopher Taylor in Conversation with David Benson and Bob Osserman
On Video/DVD

Funny Numbers: An Evening with Steve Martin in Conversation with Robert Osserman

Mathematics in Arcadia: Tom Stoppard in Conversation with Robert Osserman

porridge pulleys and Pi (biographical video on Vaughan Jones and Hendrik Lenstra, 2001 MSRI program leaders)

Galileo: A Dialog on Science, Mathematics, History and Drama

Fermat’s Last Theorem: The Theorem and Its Proof — An Exploration of Issues and Ideas (from the Fermat Fest)

Documentation of MSRI conferences (DVD format)
Publications

Each year, over 200 papers are developed by MSRI members

Mathematical Sciences Research Institute Publications, a book series in 57 volumes published by the Cambridge University Press [http://www.msri.org/communications/books/index.html]

Emissary Newsletter in the Fall and Spring

Bimonthly Outlook by email
MSRI Web Site

Average of 28,500 unique page visits per month at www.msri.org (2009 visit data)

Free archives available for viewing or downloading:
 VMath Archive (streaming video system) of MSRI lectures: the world’s largest streaming video collection of mathematics lectures  over 3,100 video lectures and special events
 Full text of MSRI books (Cambridge University Press)

www.msri.org: Access updated, comprehensive calendar of MSRI programs, online publications, media coverage, proposal and application information, fellowship opportunities
Facilities
 Chern Hall is a threestory building located above the UC Berkeley campus (enlarged in 2006 to 35,000 sq. ft. by architect W.R. Glass Associates) that houses the Simons Auditorium, Edward D. Baker Board Room, Austine McDonnell Hearst library, Strauch Auditorium Outlook, Hearst Foundation Library Video Room, and office facilities.
Funding

One of the largest single projects funded by the National Science Foundation, Division of Mathematical Sciences

Supported by the National Security Agency and the National Science Foundation, Directorate of Education and Human Resources

Archimedes Society (annual campaign)

Museion donor level DinnerLecture Series in Berkeley and New York

Gauss Society (planned giving)

Capital campaign (target $7.3M; actual $11.9M)

Simons Endowment Challenge ($10 million endowment: $5 million challenge grant)

Support from close to 100 Academic Sponsors, who send graduate students to summer programs and participate in governance

Grants from:
o Kresge Foundation
o Wayne and Gladys Valley Foundation
o Stephen D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation
o Hearst Foundations
o Mosse Foundation for Arts and Education
o Sea Change Foundation
o Clay Mathematics Institute
o Math for America
o Koret Foundation
o Noyce Foundation
o Moody’s Foundation
o Akamai
o Akamai Foundation
o Microsoft Research
o Pacific Journal of Mathematics
o IBM Almaden – Research
o CME Group
o Alfred P. Sloan Foundation
o DE Shaw and Company
o Maplesoft
o Mathematical Association of America
o SS Chern Foundation for Mathematical Research
o Sunlin and Priscilla Chou Foundation
o LucasFilm Foundation
o Wolfram Research
Endowments, Special Research Appointments, and Awards

The Cha Family Endowment for Scholars, a gift of Johnson M. D. Cha, supporting visiting mathematicians living in (or who are citizens of) China, Taiwan or Hong Kong

S. S. Chern Endowment supports visiting mathematicians from China

Clay Senior Scholars, distinguished visiting scholars supported by the Clay Mathematics Institute

The Eisenbud Professorship, a gift of The Simons Foundation, supports distinguished visiting professors to MSRI

Simons Foundation Endowment, a gift of Jim and Marilyn Simons, provides general operating support to MSRI

Simons Visiting Professors, a gift of The Simons Foundation, supports distinguished professors at MSRI

Viterbi Endowed Postdoctoral Scholars, a gift of Andrew and Erna Viterbi and the Viterbi Family Foundation, supports postdoctoral scholars at MSRI

Anonymous Fund, supports coffee mugs for members at MSRI

CME GroupMSRI Prize in Innovative Quantitative Applications, awarded annually to an individual or a group, to recognize the vital impact quantitative research and application play in shaping global financial markets
MSRI Points of Excellence

MSRI is the world’s premier center for collaborative research across the whole spectrum of the mathematical sciences.

MSRI is an acknowledged leader of activities for the public understanding of mathematics. These popular events include interviews with playwrights (Tom Stoppard, “Arcadia”; Michael Frayn, “Copenhagen”; David Auburn, “Proof”), musicians (Merce Cunningham Dance Company, Christopher Taylor) and public personalities (Funny Numbers with Steve Martin and Robin Williams, M*A*T*H with Alan Alda). These events are nationally distributed in a unique series of videos.

For over twentyfive years, MSRI has been one of the largest single projects of the Division of Mathematical Sciences of the National Science Foundation.

MSRI is the largest nonclassified mathematics project of the National Security Agency, which supports the Institute as the best resource for strengthening the pool of mathematicians available to assist the government.

MSRI is one of the world’s most soughtafter and successful centers for postdoctoral training.

MSRI is the primary model for institutes in Canada, England, Russia, Korea, and Singapore.

MSRI’s “VMath” archive of mathematical lectures in video is by far the world’s largest. It contains talks by the majority of today’s great mathematicians.

MSRI has hosted every Fields Medalist since the Institute was opened in 1982. (The Fields Medal is Mathematics’ version of the Nobel Prize.)

Some 2,000 scientific visits to MSRI each year, by mathematicians from around the world, make the Institute an ideal center for sharing information and spreading ideas through the mathematical community.

With more than 85 Academic Sponsors, MSRI has the broadest base of community support of any mathematics institute in the world.

MSRI is one of the few world centers involved in the entire spectrum of mathematical activity, with programs ranging from K–12 mathematics and public understanding of mathematics to the most advanced current research. MSRI leads the nation in the development of math circles for top tier students as well as for students just learning to love and engage deeply in mathematics.

MSRI’s physical plant, with its Simons Auditorium, over 40 offices, and striking views of San Francisco Bay, is one of the most desirable mathematics destinations in the world.

MSRI has the strongest program of outreach to minorities of any United States mathematics institute. Led by a committee of distinguished minority mathematicians, its successes range from the first Conference of African American Researchers in the Mathematical Sciences, to residential summer programs for underrepresented undergraduates considering careers in research, to afterschool math programs in impacted school districts, and to the highly successful series of workshops held at the SACNAS (Society for the Advancement of Chicanos/Latinos and Native Americans in Science) national conference to raise the awareness of upcoming MSRI programs in a group that might not otherwise participate in these activities.

MSRI has become a magnet for private philanthropic support of mathematics, as witnessed by the successful completion in 2004 of a $12,000,000 capital campaign for building improvements and the launching of a $10,000,000 drive for endowment.
