The IMA and its Mission
The Institute for Mathematics and its Applications was established
in 1982 by the National Science Foundation,
as a result of a national competition. The
primary mission of the IMA is to increase the impact of mathematics
by fostering research of a truly interdisciplinary nature, linking
mathematics of the highest caliber and important scientific and
technological problems from other disciplines and industry.
Allied with this mission, the IMA also aims to expand and strengthen
the talent base engaged in mathematical research applied to or
relevant to such problems.
Strategies.The IMA pursues a variety of strategies to advance
- The IMA positions itself as an information hub in the mathematical
sciences. We identify important research areas and problems
in need of new mathematics and communicate them to high quality
mathematicians. We inform and instruct users and potential
users about new mathematical developments. We bring together
mathematicians and scientists to discuss important issues
to whose resolution both groups may contribute.
- The IMA provides a program and an environment which is highly
conducive to research, collaboration, and communication.
- The IMA works to build lasting new multidisciplinary research
- The IMA seeks out and meaningfully engages mathematicians
and scientists from as wide as possible a variety of backgrounds,
particularly considering groups which are traditionally underrepresented.
- The IMA educates mathematicians at the start of their career
and after they have been well-established. Its programs not
only help mathematicians to extend their expertise, but also
to broaden their perspective on the utility and impact of
mathematics in science and technology. It enables them to
become essential participants in interdisciplinary collaborations.
- The IMA enriches the education of the next generation of
mathematical scientists by introducing graduate students to
a wide view of the role of mathematics.
Mechanisms.The IMA employs a variety of programmatic
mechanisms. Among these are:
- Annual Thematic
Programs lasting 10 months and involving on the order
of 1,000 participants including long-term, medium-term and
short-term visitors, coming from academia, industry, and government.
Each year involves a number of periods of intense activity
such as workshops, tutorials, panel discussions, public lectures,
etc., separated by periods for less structured interaction
- Summer Programs
typically lasting 2-7 weeks and involving on the order of
- Special workshops and Hot Topics
Workshops, short programs which can be launched quickly
as necessary to respond to areas of particular interest or
- Participating Institution
- Participating Institution
Graduate Student Summer Programs.
- Industrial Math Modeling
for Graduate Students.
- IMA Postdoctoral
Fellowships and IMA
Industrial Postdoctoral Fellowships.
- The IMA Participating Corporations
and Participating Institutions program.
- The IMA website and IMA
- A variety of seminars and seminar
- A variety of outreach activities by the directors,
postdocs, and associated faculty of the IMA.
The Institute for Mathematics and Its
Applications is located at the University
of Minnesota, Twin Cities Campus, on the fourth floor of
Lind Hall. It enjoys a close affiliation with the School
of Mathematics, the Institute of Technology, and
the Minnesota Center for