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Distinguished Service Award

The award for Distinguished Service to the Illinois Section of the Mathematical Association of America is to be given each year at the Annual Meeting to a friend and supporter of the Section and its programs. The recipient must have been a member of the MAA residing in Illinois for at least ten years. Longevity alone will not qualify a person for the Distinguished Service Award. The recipient must have served as the chair of a standing committee or as an officer of the Section. The persons selected for the Distinguished Service Award shall be characterized as those who have made the Illinois Section better able to fulfill its purpose -- improving education in the mathematical sciences at the collegiate level.

Nomination and Selection Process

The Awards Committee is always seeking nominations for the Illinois Section Distinguished Service Award. Persons wishing to nominate an individual for the award are encouraged to suggest possible candidates for the award to the Awards Committee, chaired by Tim Comar ( While nominations can be made at any time, nominations must be submitted by February 28, 2024 for consideration for the 2024 award. Please include information with respect to the nominee's activities in the Section that qualify them for the award. Supporting letters are not required, but if any are to be considered, they should be included.

The recipient will be selected by the Committee on the basis of the extent and quality of the winner's service to the Illinois Section. The intent will be to select someone who, because of excellent service to the Illinois Section, is known regionally though, perhaps, not nationally. Previous winners of the Award for Distinguished Service are not eligible.

It has been a practice of the Section to keep the names of the nominees and the recipient selected confidential so that the presentation of the award at the annual section meeting is a surprise.