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**

**DMS-0441170**

- 2005-06 (PDF file 2.1MB)
- 2006-07 (PDF file 3.4MB)

- 2007-08 (PDF file 5.7MB)
- 2008-09 (PDF file 9.3MB)
- 2005-10 Summary & 2009-10 Detailed Report (PDF file 6.83MB)

**DMS-0932078**MSRI is governed administratively by a Board of Trustees. The trustees are drawn from academia and the business world. The Board receives input from its Committee of Academic Sponsors (CAS) that represents over 85 of the leading mathematics research departments across the country. The Board provides guidance through the work of ten trustees committees:

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) in Berkeley, California, is internationally renowned as a center for mathematics research and postdoctoral education. The Institute hosts about 85 researchers in residence at any given time, each a leader in his or her field. They participate in scientific workshops and programs that target the world’s most challenging scientific problems and that last up to one academic year. The Institute is an independent non-profit organization that enjoys extensive support from individuals, foundations, corporations, government agencies, and more than 85 universities and institutions. An indication of MSRI’s reputation is that, since its founding in 1982, the Institute has been one of the largest single projects of the National Science Foundation’s Division of Mathematical Sciences. MSRI is now also the largest single project of the National Security Agency’s mathematics program.

In addition to pure and applied research, MSRI informs the public about mathematics and hosts an annual workshop in K–12 mathematics education. MSRI public events include the “MSRI Conversations With...” series and public lectures and concerts. MSRI sponsors programs for middle and high school students and their teachers, including weekly Math Circles and Circles for Teachers, the Bay Area Mathematics Olympiad, the Julia Robinson Mathematics Festival, and a team to the China Girls Math Olympiad.

MSRI relies upon private support to fund these programs. Individuals, corporations, and foundations can support MSRI through grants and through membership in the Institute’s Archimedes Society and Corporate Partners Program. For more information, please contact the Development Office at **510-643-6056**, Corporate Relations at **510-642-0771**, or Media Relations at **510-642-0448**.

**Background & Purpose**

Established in 1982 in Berkeley, California

Located above the campus of the University of California, Berkeley, as an independent, non-profit, research institute.

Sponsored by more than 85 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

Annually hosts over 2,000 scientific visits by mathematicians from the United States and abroad, including all the recipients of the Fields Medal and the Abel Prize since 1982

Trains the next generation of researchers through postdoctoral fellowships in mathematics

Provides K–12 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 (2012-13)

o Model Theory and Number Theory (2013-14)

Many Workshops Related to the Programs

2011 Summer Graduate Workshops:

o Dirichlet Space: Connections between Operator Theory, Function Theory, and Complex Analysis

o IAS-PCMI Summer School on Moduli Spaces of Riemann Surfaces

o Geometric Measure Theory and Applications

o Toric Varieties (in Cortona, Italy)

o Cluster Algebras and Cluster Combinatorics

MSRI-UP - a summer undergraduate program for under-represented minority students

**K–12 Mathematics Education Programs**

o 2004 - Assessing Students’ Mathematical Knowledge: Issues, Costs and Benefits

o 2005 - The Mathematical Knowledge for Teaching (K-8): Why, What, and How?

o 2006 - Raising the Floor: Progress and Setbacks in the Struggle for Quality Mathematics Education for All

o 2007 - Teaching Teachers Mathematics

o 2008 - Learning and Teaching Algebra

o 2009 - Teaching Undergraduates Mathematics

o 2010 - Reasoning and Sense-Making in the Mathematics Curriculum

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 Non-Design 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 free-of-charge

Community events on mathematical topics:

o Good News Everyone, Mathematical Writers from The Simpsons and Futurama

o Funny Numbers: An Evening with Steve Martin in Conversation with Bob Osserman, with actors Steve Martin and Robin Williams

o Tomography to Toy Story

o Mathematics in Arcadia, with playwright Tom Stoppard

o Theater, Science and History in “Copenhagen”, with playwright Michael Frayn

o Cinemath, a MSRI film festival

o From Einstein to Koyaanisqatsi — Philip Glass in conversation with Bob Osserman

o A Beautiful Mind, with author Sylvia Nasar and mathematician Dave Bayer

o The Shape of Space — MacArthur Fellow Jeff Weeks

o Fractals and Financial Markets — A Conversation with Benoit Mandelbrot

o Geometry and Physics: From Plato to Hawking — 20th Anniversary Lecture by Sir Michael Atiyah

o Before the Big Bang: a Radical Solution to the Mystery of the Second Law of Thermodynamics - Simons Auditorium Inaugural lecture by Sir Roger Penrose

o 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) [http://www.msri.org/communications/vmath/index_html]

**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 e-mail

**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:

o 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

o Full text of MSRI books (Cambridge University Press)

www.msri.org: Access updated, comprehensive calendar of MSRI programs, on-line publications, media coverage, proposal and application information, fellowship opportunities

**Facilities**

- Chern Hall is a three-story 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 Dinner-Lecture 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 more than 85 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 Group-MSRI 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 twenty-five 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 non-classified 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 sought-after 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 under-represented undergraduates considering careers in research, to after-school 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.