Youth Mathematician Laureates have similar rights, privileges and responsibilities to the more commonly found “poet laureates” of various cities, states, nations, and institutions. Like a poet laureate, who uses words to conjure joy when despair reigns or to provoke conscience during times of wanton greed and violence, a mathematician laureate uses mathematics to explore the nature of work and the importance of community.

Mathematician Laureates are identified by their use of mathematics as an art.  More subtly, they are not judged by whether or not they are producing “mathematical art,” but instead by when their use of mathematics creates communities characterized by joy, a can-do attitude, and the courage to act on their convictions.

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