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African Diaspora Joint Mathematics Workshop (ADJOINT)

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.

The 2020 ADJOINT workshop will take place June 15-26 at MSRI in Berkeley, California.


About the Program

Each summer, three to five research leaders will each propose a research topic to be studied during a two-week workshop.

During the workshop, each participant will:

  • conduct research at MSRI within a group of four to five mathematicians under the direction of one of the research leaders
  • participate in professional enhancement activities provided by the onsite ADJOINT Director
  • receive funding for two weeks of lodging, meals and incidentals, and one round-trip travel to Berkeley, CA

After the two-week workshop, each participant will:

  • have the opportunity to further their research project with the team members including the research leader
  • have access to funding to attend conference(s) or to meet with other team members to pursue the research project, or to present results
  • become part of a network of research and career mentors


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.

Selection Process

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.

Summer 2020 Application Process and Deadline

ADJOINT 2020 will take place at MSRI from June 15 to June 26, 2020. The research leaders and research topics can be found below.

Applications for ADJOINT 2020 should be submitted via MathPrograms. The application deadline is February 7, 2020.

Applicants must provide:

  • a cover letter specifying which of the offered research projects they wish to be part of
  • a CV
  • a one-page personal statement that must address how the applicant’s participation will contribute to the goals of the program (e.g., why you are a good candidate for this workshop and what you hope to gain)
  • a research statement, no longer than two pages, describing the the applicant's current research interests, and relevant past research activities, and how they relate to the project(s) of greatest interest to the applicant (e.g., what motivates your current interests and what is your relevant research background)

Due to funding restrictions, only U.S. citizens and permanent residents are eligible to apply. Applications submitted by February 7, 2020 will receive full consideration. We expect to begin making offers for participation in mid-February 2020.

For more information, please contact Christine Marshall, MSRI's Program Manager at coord@msri.org.

2020 Research Leaders and Topics

Tepper Gill (Howard University)
Analysis, PDEs, and Mathematical Physics
The center of mass for this research is a new class of separable Banach spaces , which contains each corresponding space as a dense continuous embedding. (Click for full description)

Abba Gumel (Arizona State University)
Mathematics of Malaria Transmission Dynamics
Malaria, a deadly disease caused by protozoan Plasmodium parasites that spread between humans via the bite of infected adult female Anopheles mosquitoes, is endemic in over 90 countries, causing 220 million cases and 500,000 fatalities annually. ... The purpose of this project is to use mathematical modeling approaches and rigorous analysis, coupled with data analytics, to assess the population-level impact of mosquito insecticide resistance, microclimate and changing land use patterns on malaria transmission dynamics. In particular, the models to be developed will take the form of deterministic (autonomous and non-autonomous) systems of nonlinear differential equations. (Click for full description)

Ryan Hynd (University of Pennsylvania)
Hamilton-Jacobi equations in high dimensions
Hamilton-Jacobi equations (HJE) are partial differential equations which were first derived to study problems in classical mechanics. These equations have also played a central role in control and game theory. (Click for full description)

Bonita V. Saunders (National Institute of Standards and Technology)
Validated Numerical Computations of Mathematical Functions
During the late 1930s, 40s and 50s accurate tables of function values were calculated by human ‘computers’ to facilitate the evaluation of functions by interpolation. The advent of reliable computing machines, computer algebra systems, and computational packages diminished the need for such reference tables, but today’s researchers and software developers still need a way to confirm the accuracy of numerical codes that compute mathematical function values. (Click for full description)

Craig Sutton (Dartmouth College)
Explorations in Inverse Spectral Geometry
Inverse spectral geometry is the study of the relationship between the spectrum of a closed Riemannian manifold---i.e., the sequence of eigenvalue (counting multiplicities) of the associated Laplace-Beltrami operator---and its underlying geometry. (Click for full description)

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