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Julian Cole Lectureship

Prize Specifications

Principal Guidelines

The Julian Cole Lectureship is awarded to one individual for an outstanding contribution to the mathematical characterization and solution of a challenging problem in the physical or biological sciences, or in engineering, or for the development of mathematical methods for the solution of such problems.

Award Committee

The award committee will consist of three members of SIAM appointed by the president. An effort should be made to select members whose own work and approach to applied mathematics are close to Julian Cole's. One member will be named chair of the committee.

The chair's term will be completed when the prize for that term is awarded. The president may invite a second member of that committee to become the new chair, and will complete appointments to the new committee.

The chair and membership of the committee will continue to move in this fashion. New appointments are to be made at least eighteen months before the date of the award.

Selection Procedures


The lectureship may be awarded to any member of the scientific or engineering community.

Rules of Operation

The prize committee will follow the ‘best practices’ set out in the SIAM document for Selection Committees. The prize committee will follow the SIAM rules for conflicts of interest as posted on the SIAM web site.


The committee is to present its recommendation to the president at least ten months before the date on which the prize is to be awarded. The committee should select at most one prize winner. Exceptions to this rule must be approved by the Executive Committee of the SIAM Council.

The recommendation for the award must be accompanied by a written justification and a short citation suitable for a certificate and for the ceremonial presentation.

If the committee recommendation is not accepted by the Executive Committee of the SIAM Council, then the prize will not be awarded for that period and the membership of the award committee will change as described above.

The Selection Committee has the authority to choose to abstain from giving the award if there is no acceptable individual. If the award is not given for this reason, a new selection committee will be selected for the next award cycle.[1] 

Notification of Award

The president will notify the recipient at least seven months prior to the award date and request the lecture.

Award Date

The award is to be given every fourth year at the annual meeting. If no prize is awarded, the award date moves forward four years.

Description of the Award

The Julian Cole Lectureship award will be $2,000. A certificate will be presented. A lecture is required and is to be publicized in meeting announcements. Reasonable expenses for travel to the award ceremony will be borne by the prize fund.

Award Fund

The initial funds for this award were contributed by the students, friends, colleagues, and family of Julian Cole.

Award Presentation

The award will be presented by the president of SIAM. The president will announce the award, read the citation and introduce the lecturer.

The announcement of the award will be in SIAM News, the SIAM website and released to other appropriate scientific journals, electronic newsletters, and major daily newspapers.

[1] An award decision will also be postponed to the next cycle if the number of nominations does not meet the required number to forward to the selection committee. See SIAM Prize Policy for more information.

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