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IMA New Directions Research Professorships

IMA New Directions Research Professorships provide an extraordinary opportunity for established mathematicians—typically mid-career faculty at US universities—to branch into new directions and increase the impact of their research by spending an academic year immersed in the thematic program at the IMA, where they learn new mathematics and applications, connect their research with important problems, and establish new contacts and collaborations.

Application for a New Directions Professorship [Click here to apply]

  Current and Past New Directions Professors

IMA New Directions Short Course

The intensive three-week New Directions Short Course offers extraordinary opportunities for established mathematicians to branch into new directions and increase the impact of their research. Participants are able to delve more deeply into research, learn about open problems, and meet potential collaborators. The course, which meets daily over a three-week period, consists of lectures by the main organizers and by experts in the field, and problem sessions. The topics selected for the short courses, chosen by the directorate in consultation with the Board of Governors, show particular promise for innovative mathematical investigation. Breaking into new areas of research and forging a new path is challenging, but programs like these offer researchers the chance to collaborate, make new connections, and energize their research.


Highlights from past attendees:
Applied Statistics and Machine Learning
I will definitely be incorporating more programming and data analysis into my research. In general, this workshop motivated me to shift my research focus to one centered around computational statistics.
— 2013 Short Course Participant

Advances in Random Matrix Theory
It [the course] exposed me to current questions and directions in a field that I do not have expertise in. I anticipate looking at some of these questions from my own point of view, and also potentially using some of the things I learned in other areas.
— 2012 Short Course Participant
  Previous Short Courses
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