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Research Committee

Terms of Reference

To oversee, in accordance with the policies determined by the Board of Directors, the research activities of the Society. To consider other matters of a research nature which concern mathematics and/or the Society. The committee should meet in person or virtually before each CMS semi annual meetings, at least twice per year.

General

The Research Committee is responsible for the soliciting and refereeing process for the Society’s Prize Lectureships. A member of the Research Committee will also be appointed to be the Chair of the Doctoral Prize Selection Committee. The organizers of CMS conferences are accountable to the Board of Directors. The Research Committee, however, is not accountable for the actions of an organizer.

Duties and Responsibilities

  1. To encourage and promote a varied and high quality programme of research activities.

  2. To review proposed changes in research activity policy.

  3. To recommend to the Board the implementation of new policies with respect to the various research activities.

  4. To ensure that conferences held under the auspices of the CMS are conducted in accordance with the regulations and policies of the CMS and, if applicable, those of other granting agencies.

  5. To advise the Executive Committee on the appointment of the Scientific Directors for each semi-annual meeting.

  6. In consultation with the Scientific Directors, to advise the Executive Committee on the appointment of the Scientific Organizing Committee for each semi-annual meeting.
  7. In consultation with the Scientific Directors, to ensure that a Local Organizer is appointed to the Scientific Organizing Committee.

  8. In consultation with the Scientific Directors , to review and approve the core research sessions and plenary speakers for each semi-annual meeting.

  9. To solicit proposals for additional research sessions for the Society’s semi-annual meetings through the CMS Notes, cmath and elsewhere, as appropriate, and review them in consultation with the Scientific Directors.

  10. To review documents related to the CMS meetings and to make recommendations as necessary.

    1. To select the candidate for each prize lectureship at least 6 months in advance of the meeting at which the prize lecture is to be given.

    2. To communicate the Committee's decision and the total number of nominations, together with appropriate biographical and citation material, to the President and to the Executive Director. The President of the CMS writes the official letter to the selected candidate. The Chair will also informally notify the recipient unless it is more desirable that this is done by the President. The recipient is to be advised that the decision is to remain confidential until the Society officially releases the name of the recipient.

  11. To appoint a CMS Blair Spearman Doctoral Prize Selection Committee (DPSC) as a sub-committee of the Research Committee consisting of four members, each for two-year terms. The Chair of the DPSC is to be a member of the Research Committee but the other three members of the DPSC need not be members of the Research Committee. The duties of the DPSC are:
    1. In cooperation with the CMS Executive Office, to produce bilingual promotional materials related to the CMS Blair Spearman Doctoral Prize and ensure that appropriate information is distributed and that calls for nominations appear in the October, November and December issues of the CMS Notes (with January 31 as the deadline for nominations).

    2. To receive copies of all nominations and to select the recipient for the CMS Blair SpearmanDoctoral Prize at least six months in advance of the meeting at which the Prize will be presented. To communicate the Committee's decision, together with appropriate biographical and citation material, to the President and to the Executive Director. The President of the CMS writes the official letter to the selected candidate. The Chair will also informally notify the recipient unless it is more desirable that this is done by the President. The recipient is to be advised that the decision is to remain confidential until the Society officially releases the name of the recipient.

    3. In consultation with the Executive Office, to arrange for the Prize to be presented at the CMS Winter meeting and to also consult with the Chair of the Programme Committee for the recipient to present a plenary lecture.

  12. To report to the Board on the Society's various research activities.

Description of the prizes and the call for nominations

1. The Jeffery-Williams Prize recognizes mathematicians who have made outstanding and sustained contributions to mathematical research. The prize lecture will be delivered at the Summer meeting. The recipient shall be a member of the Canadian mathematical community. A nomination can be updated and will remain active for three years.

2. The Coxeter-James Prize recognizes young mathematicians who have made outstanding contributions to mathematical research. The selected candidate will deliver the prize lecture at the Winter meeting.

The recipient shall be a member of the Canadian mathematical community. Nominations may be made up to ten years from the candidate's Ph.D: A nomination can be updated and will remain active for a second year unless the original nomination is made in the tenth year from the candidate's Ph.D.

3. The Krieger-Nelson Prize recognizes outstanding research by a female mathematician. The prize lecture will be delivered at the Summer meeting. The recipient shall be a member of the Canadian mathematical community. A nomination can be updated and will remain active for two years.

CMS aims to promote and celebrate diversity in the broadest sense. We strongly encourage department chairs and nominating committees to put forward nominations for outstanding colleagues for research in the mathematical sciences not limited to women, visible minorities, Aboriginal people, persons with disabilities, and persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity.

A candidate can be nominated for more than one research prize in the applicable categories; several candidates from the same institution can be nominated for the same research prize.

CMS research prizes are gender-neutral, except for the Krieger-Nelson prize, which is awarded to women only. Nominations of eligible women for the general research prizes in addition to the Krieger-Nelson Prize are strongly encouraged.

The Research Committee of the CMS reserves the right to consider a nomination for one of the three research prizes for any other, applicable prize. The deadline for nominations is September 30 of each year. Nominations and reference letters should be submitted electronically, preferably in PDF format, by the appropriate deadline, to to the CMS. Nominators should ask at least three referees to submit letters directly to the CMS by September 30. Some arms length referees are strongly encouraged. Nomination letters should list the chosen referees, and should include a recent curriculum vitae for the nominee, if available.

4. The CMS Blair Spearman Doctoral Prize recognizes outstanding performance by a doctoral student. The prize is awarded to one or two recipients of a Ph.D. from a Canadian university whose overall performance in graduate school is judged to be the most outstanding. Although the dissertation will be the most important criterion (the impact of the results, the creativity of the work, the quality of exposition, etc.) it will not be the only one. Other publications, activities in support of students and other accomplishments will also be considered. Nominations that were not successful in the first competition, will be kept active for a further year (with no possibility of updating the file) and will be considered by the Doctoral Prize Selection Committee in the following year's competition.

The CMS Blair Spearman Doctoral Prize consists of a framed certificate, an award of $2,000, a two-year membership with the CMS, and the opportunity to present a plenary lecture at a CMS meeting.

Nominations:

CMS aims to promote and celebrate diversity in the broadest sense. We strongly encourage department chairs and nominating committees to put forward nominations for outstanding colleagues for research in the mathematical sciences not limited to women, visible minorities, Aboriginal people, persons with disabilities, and persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity.

Candidates must be nominated by their university and the nominator is responsible for preparing the documentation described below, and submitting the nomination to the address below. The deadline for the receipt of nominations is January 31.

The documentation shall consist of:

  1. A curriculum vitae prepared by the student.
  2. A resum2#2 of the student's work written by the student and which must not exceed ten pages. The resumé should include a brief description of the thesis and why it is important, as well as of any other contributions made by the student while a doctoral student.
  3. Three letters of recommendation of which one should be from the thesis advisor and one from an external reviewer. A copy of the external examiner's report may be substituted for the latter. More than three letters of recommendation are not accepted.
All documentation, including letters of recommendation, should be submitted electronically, preferably in PDF format, by the appropriate deadline, to the CMS office.

Membership

1 Chair + 5 members
  + President's delegate (ex-officio)


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