The Mathematical Sciences Research Institute's mission is to advance mathematical research, foster talent, and further the appreciation of mathematics. Located in the hills of Berkeley, California, MSRI is one of the world’s preeminent centers for collaborative research in mathematics. About 1,700 mathematicians come from around the globe each year to spend varying lengths at MSRI; the visitors have included, for example, all the winners of the Fields medal since MSRI’s founding in 1982.
MSRI’s public programs aim to showcase the importance and beauty of math to the general, non-academic community: locally, nationally, and internationally with lectures, theater performances, and videos. The Institute advances the education of young people with conferences on critical issues in mathematics education. MSRI has created a national “math circles” movement of small organizations teaching and engaging K-12 students in math as a hobby, beyond the standard curricula. MSRI strives to make mathematics accessible and exciting to those outside the field through film production and public programs, including the National Math Festival in Washington, D.C. and the Mathical: Books for Kids from Tots to Teens youth book prize.
MSRI is supported by the National Science Foundation with additional support from other government agencies, private foundations, corporations, individual donors, and nearly 100 academic institutions.