This prize is intended to emphasize applications of combinatorics and is funded by the estate of Stella Pólya in memory of her husband George. The prize will first be awarded in 2020, and is a modification of the older George Pólya Prize in Combinatorics, originally established as the George Pólya Prize in 1969.
The George Pólya Prize in Applied Combinatorics is awarded every four years to an individual for significant contributions to applications of combinatorics. The prize is broadly intended to recognize specific recent work. Prize committees may occasionally consider an award for cumulative work, but such awards should be rare.
There are no restrictions on eligibility beyond those specified in the prize description.
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The George Pólya Prize in Combinatorics includes an engraved medal and a monetary award that totals $10,000 for all winners. If more than one person receives the prize, the monetary award will be divided equally among the recipients. SIAM will reimburse the recipients for reasonable travel expenses incurred in attending the award ceremony.
The George Pólya Prize in Combinatorics will next be awarded in July 2020 at the SIAM Annual Meeting.
The prize will be presented by the SIAM President at the Prizes and Awards Luncheon. The announcement of the award will appear in SIAM News, the SIAM website, and appropriate electronic media.
The initial funds for this prize were contributed by the estate of Stella V. Pólya.
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Rolf Moehring (Chair)David S. Johnson Alex Pothen Carla Savage Doug B. West
William J. Cook (Chair)Fan Chung Graham Jerrold Griggs Laszlo Lovasz Peter Winkler
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