2021 Blackwell-Tapia Conference

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November 19-20, 2021  https://www.msri.org/workshops/1022

MSRI and the Mathematical Sciences Institutes Diversity Initiative (MSIDI) are pleased to announce that the 2021 Blackwell-Tapia Conference (rescheduled from Fall 2020), will be held simultaneously, in-person, at four locations nationwide. The conference will celebrate the 2020 Blackwell-Tapia prize winner, Tatiana Toro (University of Washington), who has recently been announced as the next Director of MSRI, effective August 2022!

Choose from four host sites nationwide:

  • Mathematical Sciences Research Institute (MSRI): Berkeley, California
  • Institute for Pure and Applied Mathematics (IPAM): Los Angeles, California
  • Institute for Mathematical and Statistical Innovation (IMSI): Chicago, Illinois
  • Institute for Advanced Study (IAS): Princeton, New Jersey

Conference events will begin on Friday and Saturday at 8 AM Pacific / 10 AM Central / 11 AM Eastern Time. This free conference will include scientific talks, poster presentations, panel discussions, ample opportunities for networking, and the awarding of the Blackwell-Tapia Prize. There will be speakers at each location, and talks will be simulcast to all sites. Participants are invited from all career stages and will represent institutions of all sizes across the country.



Full consideration for funding will be given to applications received by September 1, 2021. Funding is available for housing and travel to any of the 4 conference locations.

Students, recent PhDs, women, and members of underrepresented minorities are particularly encouraged to apply. Funding awards are typically made 6 weeks before the workshop begins. Requests received after the funding deadline are considered only if additional funds become available.


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If you would like to participate, please register online. You will be asked to select the site where you plan to attend the conference.

For those not able to attend in person, there will be a live broadcast of most conference sessions; some networking events will be limited to in-person participation.

Learn More and Register Online

COVID safety precautions will be shared with all registered attendees.

Organizers: David Banks (Duke University), Hélène Barcelo (MSRI - Mathematical Sciences Research Institute), Lloyd Douglas, Robert Megginson (University of Michigan), Mariel Vazquez (University of California, Davis), Ulrica Wilson (Morehouse College; Institute for Computational and Experimental Research in Mathematics (ICERM))

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The 2020 Blackwell-Tapia Prize Winner is Tatiana Toro, Craig McKibben and Sarah Merner Professor of Mathematics at the University of Washington.

The biennial Blackwell-Tapia Prize was established in 2002 by the Mathematical and Theoretical Biology Institute and the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute in honor of David H. Blackwell and Richard A. Tapia, distinguished mathematical scientists who have been inspirations to more than a generation of African American and Latinx students and professionals in the mathematical sciences.



  • Federico Ardila (San Francisco State University)
  • Carrie Diaz-Eaton (Bates College)
  • Wilfrid Gangbo (University of California, Los Angeles)
  • Jacqueline Hughes-Oliver (North Carolina State University)
  • Carlos Kenig (University of Chicago)
  • Omayra Ortega (Sonoma State University)
  • Juanita Pinzón Caicedo (University of Notre Dame)
  • Aaron Pollack (University of California, San Diego)
  • Richard Tapia (Rice University)
  • Tatiana Toro (University of Washington)
  • Chelsea Walton (Rice University)


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The 2021 Blackwell-Tapia Conference is supported by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, the National Science Foundation (NSF), and the NSF Mathematical Sciences Institutes Diversity Initiative (MSIDI).

With funding from the National Science Foundation, MSIDI is a collaboration among the mathematical sciences institutes to increase the participation of underrepresented groups in the mathematical sciences, including women, underrepresented racial and ethnic minorities, and persons with disabilities.

Date & Time

November 19, 2021 | 11:00am – November 20, 2021 | 8:00pm


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