2020 Summer African Diaspora Joint Mathematics Workshop (ADJOINT):

2020 Summer African Diaspora Joint Mathematics Workshop (ADJOINT): Apply by January 24, 2020

The Mathematical Sciences Research Institute invites applications for its 2020 ADJOINT workshop taking place June 15-26, 2020 in Berkeley, California.

The African Diaspora Joint Mathematics Workshop (ADJOINT) is a two-week summer activity designed for researchers with a Ph.D. degree in the mathematical sciences who are interested in conducting research in a collegial environment.

The main objective of ADJOINT is to provide opportunities for in-person research collaboration to U.S. mathematicians, especially those from the African Diaspora, who will work in small groups with research leaders on various research projects. 

Through this effort, MSRI aims to establish and promote research communities that will foster and strengthen research productivity and career development among its participants. The ADJOINT workshops are designed to catalyze research collaborations, provide support for conferences to increase the visibility of the researchers, and to develop a sense of community among the mathematicians who attend.

The end goal of this program is to enhance the mathematical sciences and its community by positively affecting the research and careers of African-American mathematicians and supporting their efforts to achieve full access and engagement in the broader research community.

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  • Applicants must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident, possess a Ph.D. in the mathematical sciences, and be employed at a U.S. institution.


  • All participants will receive funding for two weeks of lodging, meals and incidentals, and one round-trip travel to Berkeley, CA.
  • Further opportunities for research funding and conference travel post-workshop.


  • Cover letter specifying which of the offered research projects they wish to be part of (see website);
  • CV; 
  • One-page personal statement that must address how the applicant’s participation will contribute to the goals of the program;
  • Optional: Research statement, no longer than two pages, outlining the applicants’ past, current and future research interest.


  • The guiding principle in selecting participants and establishing the groups is the creation of diverse teams whose members come from a variety of institutional types and career stages.
  • The degree of potential positive impact on the careers of African-Americans in the mathematical sciences will be an important factor in the final decisions.

ADJOINT Program Directors

  • Dr. Edray Goins (Lead), Pomona College
  • Dr. Caleb Ashley, University of Michigan
  • Dr. Naiomi Cameron, Spelman College
  • Dr. Jacqueline Hughes-Oliver, North Carolina State University
  • Dr. Anisah Nu’Man, Spelman College

ADJOINT 2020 Research Leaders and Topics

  • Tepper Gill (Howard University): Analysis, PDEs, and Mathematical Physics (Full description)
  • Abba Gumel (Arizona State University): Mathematics of Malaria Transmission Dynamics (Full description)
  • Ryan Hynd (University of Pennsylvania): Hamilton-Jacobi equations in high dimensions (Full description)
  • Bonita V. Saunders (National Institute of Standards and Technology): Validated Numerical Computations of Mathematical Functions (Full description)
  • Craig Sutton (Dartmouth College): Explorations in Inverse Spectral Geometry (Full description)