Call for Nominations

George Pólya Prize

The George Pólya Prize honors the memory of George Pólya and is given in even-numbered years for notable contributions in two alternating categories: (1) for a notable application of combinatorial theory; (2) for a notable contribution in another area of interest to George Pólya, such as approximation theory, complex analysis, number theory, orthogonal polynomials, probability theory, or mathematical discovery and learning.

The 2014 award will be given for the second category listed above, a notable contribution in another area of interest to George Pólya.  SIAM will present the award at the 2014 SIAM Annual Meeting (AN14), to be held July 7-11, 2014, in Chicago, Illinois.


There are no restrictions except that the prize is broadly intended to recognize specific recent work.  Strong preference will be given to selecting one person as the prize winner.

Description of Award

The award will consist of an engraved medal and a $20,000 cash prize.  Travel expenses to the award ceremony will be provided by the prize fund.


Nominations should be sent to by November 15, 2013.  Attach a letter of nomination, including a description of the contribution(s), a CV of the candidate, and letters of support from two or three experts (not more than three letters).

Professor John Gilbert
Chair, George Polya Prize Committee
c/o J. M. Littleton
3600 Market Street, 6th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19104-2688

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Selection Committee

Click here to see a list of selection committee members by year.

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