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.

2021 Prize Co-Chairs

  • Betsy Bird (co-chair), collection development manager, Evanston Public Library system, and reviewer for Kirkus and the New York Times
  • Dr. Candice Price (co-chair), assistant professor of mathematics, Smith College and co-founder of the website Mathematically Gifted and Black

2021 Prize Selection Panel

  • Dr. David Eisenbud, director, Mathematical Sciences Research Institute (MSRI) and professor of mathematics, University of California, Berkeley
  • Linda Gojak, mathematics curriculum specialist and past president, National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM)
  • Dr. Herbert Ginsburg, emeritus professor of psychology and education, Teachers College, Columbia University
  • Celina Gonzalez, former multiple subjects teacher/education specialist, High Tech Elementary North County (California)
  • Genesis Grullón, 8th grade math teacher, Bronx Writing Academy (New York)
  • Katie Hendrickson, advocacy and policy manager,, and former secondary mathematics teacher
  • Araceli Moreno, bilingual adult services librarian, McHenry Public Library District (Illinois)
  • Jeanne Petarra-Weeks, teacher professional development lead, Cleveland Metropolitan School District (Ohio)
  • Alice Peters, publications manager, Julia Robinson Mathematics Festival
  • Dr. Richard Schwartz, professor of mathematics, Brown University
  • Dr. Michael Shaughnessy, professor emeritus of mathematics and statistics at Portland State University and past president, National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM)
  • Dylan Teut,  director, Plum Creek Children’s Literacy Festival in Seward, Nebraska, and instructor of literacy, Concordia University
  • John Urschel, graduate student in mathematics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and former offensive lineman for the NFL’s Baltimore Ravens
  • Dr. Terrell Young, professor of children’s literature, Brigham Young University