Gene Golub left a generous bequest to SIAM to support students in mathematics and computer science. After studying various alternatives, in 2009 the SIAM Council and Board of Trustees approved a proposal to create the Gene Golub SIAM Summer School and use some portion of the revenues generated from the Golub bequest to support the summer schools.
The Gene Golub SIAM Summer School is intended to serve primarily graduate students in mathematics and computer science. Each summer school will be about two weeks long. A summer school includes course lectures as well as time for reading, discussions, and problem solving (or programming). A summer school is not
a small scientific meeting or workshop. Lecturers are expected to spend considerable time mentoring students. The locations, topics, and organizers of individual summer schools in the program will be selected from proposals received by the Committee. Proposals in all relevant areas of applied mathematics, computational science, and industrial mathematics will be considered. Preference will be given to themes that have a computational component. If there are two consecutive years without a school in numerical linear algebra, then in the following year preference will be given to a proposal with a computational linear algebra theme, provided there is a meritorious proposal, but proposals in all areas will be considered.
Charge to the Committee
The Committee is charged to plan, select, and provide oversight for the Gene Golub SIAM Summer Schools. As outlined in the proposal to establish a Gene Golub SIAM Summer School, the calendar of duties of the committee will be as follows. Planning for the summer school in year x (where x is greater than or equal to 2012) involves the following events:
- November of year x-2: work with the SIAM office to announce a call for proposals for the summer school which is to take place in year x. A letter of intent from proposers is due by January 31 in year x-1. The deadline for full proposals is March 31 in year x-1. If insufficient letters of intent are received, the committee should contact possible proposers and encourage the submission of at least one good proposal.
- April of year x-1: review proposals for summer school in year x. Correspond with proposers if necessary to resolve issues not adequately addressed by the proposals. The committee may consult with outside reviewers to obtain expert opinions. The committee chair should consult with SIAM staff liaison to obtain amount of funds available for summer school in year x.
- May 31 of year x-1: make award decision and notify all proposers. Request local organizers to finalize arrangements.
- July 31 of year x-1: Arrangements should be finalized not later than this date. Once arrangements are confirmed, SIAM will publicize the summer school, specifying the application process and deadlines.
- February 1 in year x: Deadline for student applications.
- March 15 in year x. Students applying for the summer school will be notified no later than this date. The summer school organizers (the selected proposers) are responsible for all aspects of the application process, including selecting participants, and notifying them accordingly, along with all other arrangements for the summer school.
- April 15 in year x: Committee Chair will correspond with organizers to ensure that planning is proceeding smoothly and on schedule.
- September 30 in year x: The summer school organizers will submit a written report no later than this date. Report will include financial details (actual expenses versus budget) as well as a condensed report suitable for publication in SIAM News.
In addition, the committee may make recommendations to make changes to these procedures and to the Gene Golub SIAM Summer School program. Such recommendations would go to the SIAM governing bodies (Council and Board), through the SIAM Vice President for Programs, for approval. The committee does not have the authority to make substantial changes to the Gene Golub SIAM Summer School program without approval of the governing bodies.
Committee Membership, Reporting and Relationships
This committee reports to the SIAM Vice President for Programs. The SIAM staff liaison to this committee will be the Director for Programs and Services. The committee will be composed of approximately twelve (12) SIAM members (including the chair), appointed by the SIAM President in consultation with the Vice President for Programs. Committee membership should be diverse, including with respect to scientific area and geography. The first appointed committee will have staggered terms of 1, 2, 3, or 4 years. After the initial period, appointments will be for terms of four calendar year terms. Appointments may be renewed for at most two consecutive terms.