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Governance Structure

MSRI is a non-profit organization governed by a Board of Trustees consisting of up to 35 elected members and seven ex-officio members: the Director of the Institute, the Deputy Director, the Chair of the Committee of Academic Sponsors, the co-Chairs of the Human Resources Advisory Committee and the co-Chairs of the Scientific Advisory Committee. The Board elects its members; candidates are nominated by the Committee of Academic Sponsors and the Board itself and serve four-year terms. The Board has a Chair, Vice-Chair, Secretary, and Treasurer, each serving three-year terms, as well as a Steering Committee made up of the Chair, Vice-Chair, Secretary, Treasurer, Chair of the Committee of Academic Sponsors, Chair of the Scientific Advisory Committee, and the Director and Deputy Director of the Institute. The Board also has a Finance Committee, chaired by the Treasurer. The Board normally meets once a year, and its Steering Committee and Finance Committee usually meet twice a year. The Board of Trustees forms other committees as occasion demands. The current committees include: Audit, Development, Education, Finance, Investment, Public Understanding, Steering, and Trustees.

MSRI's research programs are governed by the Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC). The SAC meets twice a year in person, a total of four full days, and once a year via telephone. Its ten regular members serve four-year terms and are elected by the Board of Trustees. The Director and Deputy Director are ex officio members. The SAC selects and plans the Institute's programs and works with the organizers of these programs on selection of key participants.

MSRI is also advised by specialized committees of experts, including the Broadening Participation Advisory Committee (BPAC) and the Educational Advisory Committee (EAC).

In 1993, the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute (MSRI) established a Human Resources Advisory Committee (HRAC), the first human resources committee established by a mathematics institute. Now called the Broadening Participation Advisory Committee (BPAC), its charge is to aid the Institute’s efforts to promote diversity in participation in MSRI's programs and in the mathematics profession generally. For example, the HRAC sponsored the first Conference for African American Researchers in the Mathematical Sciences (CAARMS), founded at MSRI in 1995; the biennial Blackwell-Tapia Conference, honoring the research of a mathematician who is deeply engaged in mentoring for diversity, founded jointly by MSRI and Cornell University; and the Modern Mathematics workshop, which takes place annually before the SACNAS meeting.

In 2020, MSRI was honored with a Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring (PAESMEM). Administered by the National Science Foundation (NSF) on behalf of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), PAESMEM recognizes individuals and organizations who have made significant contributions to mentoring and thereby support the future productivity of the U.S. science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) workforce.

MSRI has recruited an Educational Advisory Committee (EAC) from among the country’s most distinguished mathematical scientists and educators, taking care to ensure that a broad variety of views is represented in programming for math educators, with particular focus on the Critical Issues in Mathematics Education (CIME) forum. The members of the EAC serve for fixed terms, and, in the recruitment of new members, special attention is paid to representing the best current thinking on the fundamental problems facing mathematics education.

Over 100 universities form the Committee of Academic Sponsors (CAS). These include most of the top research universities in the United States. Academic Sponsors provide an interface between MSRI and the mathematical community. They participate in MSRI governance and take part (at MSRI's expense) in a general meeting with the other sponsors and trustees each year for this purpose. MSRI helps support visits by members to sponsoring institutions. Sponsors are offered some financial backing of conferences at sponsoring institutions. Perhaps most important: An Academic Sponsor can send up to 4 graduate students to MSRI Summer Graduate Schools each year at MSRI's expense.

To view the membership of a particular committee, please click the committee name on the list in the left-hand navigation pane.