Each year the AMS recognizes two local chapters (one regular chapter and one student chapter) that have demonstrated exceptional innovation and activity over the past year. Specifically, the two awards are “Local Chapter of the Year Award,” and “Local Student Chapter of the Year Award.” A chapter is responsible for nominating itself for activities conducted during the 12-month period from 1 May through 30 April of the year the nomination is submitted. Nominations for the Local Chapter of the Year Award must be completed by an officer or member of the local chapter seeking the award. To be considered for an award, a chapter must be in good standing. The president/chair must be a member of the national AMS and the chapter must have reported election results during the period.
During the selection process, special emphasis will be given to activities that serve to educate and involve the local chapter’s community regarding scientific issues. Additional favorable activities include participating at the AMS Annual Meeting. Please be sure to include any new activities and improvements that your chapter has undertaken over the past year. The distinction between core and new initiatives should be clear to the selection committee. Use of bullet points is highly recommended. A guidance document on what your chapter should consider when completing the award is available online. All chapters, regardless of membership size and availability of external resources, are encouraged to compete, as efforts will be made to balance these considerations with the scope of the chapter’s accomplishments.
The Local Chapter Affairs Committee will review the nominations and make award recommendations for final approval by AMS Council. The award consists of a banner for the chapter and a certificate for each serving officer. A chapter may not win the Local Chapter of the Year Award more than two years in a row. After receiving the award two years in a row, there will be a one year hiatus before that chapter will be eligible to apply for the award again.