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SIAM Activity Group on Financial Mathematics and Engineering Early Career Prize

Established in 2010, the prize is awarded to an individual in their early career for research contributions to the mathematical modeling of financial markets, based on publications in peer-reviewed journals.

Next Call for Nominations Opens: May 1, 2020

Prize Description


Prize Description

The SIAM Activity Group on Financial Mathematics and Engineering Early Career Prize (SIAG/FME Early Career Prize) is awarded at the SIAM Conference on Financial Mathematics and Engineering to one individual in their early career for distinguished contributions to mathematical modeling in finance in the eligibility period prior to the award year.

The biennial SIAM Conference on Financial Mathematics and Engineering is moving from even-numbered years to odd-numbered years, and the previous award was given in 2016. For the 2019 award, the eligibility period for the paper’s publication is extended to four years due to the three year gap between awards.


Eligibility Criteria

The candidate’s work must contain significant research contributions to mathematical modeling in finance. One key paper must be cited as evidencing the contributions, though a body of papers may be discussed in the nomination. The qualifying key paper must have been published in English in a peer-reviewed journal within the four calendar years preceding the award year. Either the recipient must be a graduate student or the key paper must have been published no more than three years after the candidate received their PhD. The committee may consider exceptions to the three-years-from PhD rule, for career interruptions or delays occurring, e.g., for child bearing, child rearing, or elder care.

For the 2021 award, the paper must have been published between the dates of January 1, 2017 - December 31, 2020. The candidate must have received their PhD no earlier than 2014. The key paper must have been published no more than three years after the candidate received their PhD.


Required Materials

  • Nominator’s letter of recommendation for candidate
  • Candidate's CV
  • Bibliographic citation for key contributing paper
  • Two or three letters of support from experts in the field

Winner Announcement

Congratulations to the 2019 winners, Daniel Lacker and Mykhaylo Shkolnikov, who received the prize at the SIAM Conference on Financial Mathematics and Engineering in Toronto, Canada. Learn more about their accomplishments.

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About the Award


About the SIAM Activity Group on Financial Mathematics and Engineering Early Career Prize


The SIAG/FME Early Career Prize includes a certificate containing the citation. As part of the award, the recipient will be invited to give a brief plenary talk at the conference. SIAM will reimburse the recipient for reasonable travel expenses incurred in giving the talk.

Award Date

The prize will next be awarded at the 2021 SIAM Conference on Financial Mathematics and Engineering.


Award Presentation

The Chair of the SIAM Activity Group on Financial Mathematics and Engineering and the Chair of the Prize Committee will announce the award at the SIAM Conference on Financial Mathematics and Engineering and present the award to the recipient. An announcement of the award will appear in SIAM News and on the activity group's website.

Prize History



Prize History

Selection Committee

Jean-Pierre Fouque (Chair)
Francesca Biagini
Alvaro Cartea
Kay Giesecke
Matheus Grasselli
Harvey Stein

Selection Committee

Jean-Pierre Fouque (Chair)
Francesca Biagini
Alvaro Cartea
Kay Giesecke
Matheus Grasselli
Harvey Stein

Selection Committee

Sebastian Jaimungal (Chair)
Rene Carmona
James Gatheral
Josef Teichmann

Selection Committee

Sebastian Jaimungal (Chair)
Rene Carmona
James Gatheral
Josef Teichmann

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Selection Committee

Ronnie Sircar (Chair)
Peter Bank
Erhan Bayraktar
Roger Lee
Mihai Sirbu

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Selection Committee

Rama Cont (Chair)
Damir Filipovic
James Gatheral
Kay Giesecke
Roger Lee
Thaleia Zariphopoulou

Selection Committee

Thaleia Zariphopoulou (Chair)
Rama Cont
Mark Davis
Knut Solna
Mete Soner

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