The Mathical selection panel is drawn from librarians, teachers, mathematicians, early childhood experts, and others. The jury selects winners in five grade-level categories: PreK, K-2, 3-5, 6-8, and 9-12.

2015 Prize Co-Chairs

  • Dr. Jordan Ellenberg (co-chair) is the John D. MacArthur Professor of Mathematics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and the author of the New York Times best-seller How Not To Be Wrong: The Power of Mathematical Thinking.
  • Dr. Rebecca Goldin (co-chair) is a professor of mathematical sciences at George Mason University. Goldin is the director of, a nonprofit, non-partisan project to analyze and explain numbers and statistics in the news and to promote statistical literacy in the media and society.
  • Jon Scieszka (co-chair) is the creator of and author of Math Curse and many other favorites. He was the inaugural National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature.

2015 Prize Selection Panel

  • Robin Adelson, former executive director, Children’s Book Council and Every Child A Reader
  • Betsy Bird, youth materials specialist, New York Public Library system
  • David Eisenbud, director, Mathematical Sciences Research Institute
  • John Ewing, president, Math for America
  • Herbert Ginsburg, professor of psychology and education, Teachers College, Columbia University
  • Jeff Goodby, co-chairman, Goodby, Silverstein & Partners
  • Katie Hendrickson, teacher, Athens Middle School, 2014-2015 Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellow
  • Jeanne Petarra-Weeks, teacher, Cleveland Metropolitan School District
  • Candice Price, assistant professor, Department of Mathematical Sciences, United States Military Academy West Point
  • Gary Rubinstein, mathematics teacher, Stuyvesant High School, New York City
  • Ivelisse Rubio, professor, Computer Science, University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras
  • Liz Simons, president, Heising-Simons Foundation
  • Joel Spencer, professor of mathematics and computer science, New York University
  • Roger Strauch, chair, MSRI board of trustees and chairman, The Roda Group
  • Kara Stern, director, Math for America New York program
  • Suzanne L. Weekes, faculty member, Department of Mathematical Sciences, Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI)