The SIAM Activity Group on Linear Algebra Best Paper Prize (SIAG/LA Best Paper Prize), established in 1987, is awarded to the author(s) of the most outstanding paper, as determined by the prize committee, on a topic in applicable linear algebra published in English in a peer-reviewed journal.
The prize committee will consist of a panel of five members of the SIAG/LA. The Vice Chairperson of the SIAG/LA during the last year of the award period will serve as chairperson of the committee. The remaining four members will be appointed by the SIAM Vice President at Large (SIAM VP) upon the recommendations of the SIAG/LA Chairperson. The SIAG Chair, in consultation with the other officers, will form a list of SIAG/LA members and will submit the list to the SIAM VP for approval prior to inviting the committee members to serve. The SIAG officers will seek to ensure a diverse composition of the prize committee in research area, gender, geography, employment sector (industry, national laboratories, universities), and under-represented groups. The appointments will be made at least twelve months in advance of the prize award date.
The term of office will be from the date of appointment until the date of the prize award.
Rules of Operation
The SIAG/LA officers and the SIAM office will solicit nominations for the prize from the general membership of the SIAG/LA and from other members of the scientific community, using SIAM office resources as needed. If a committee member accepts nomination for the award, the SIAG officers will appoint a replacement upon notification by the committee chair and with the approval of the SIAM VP.
The prize committee will follow the ‘best practices’ set out in the SIAM document for Selection Committees. The prize committee will follow the SIAM rules for conflict of interest as posted on the SIAM web site.
Candidate papers must be published in English in a peer-reviewed journal bearing a publication date within the award period. They must contain significant research contributions to the field of linear algebra, as commonly defined in the mathematical literature, with direct or potential applications.
Recommendation of the Prize Committee
The prize committee will notify the SIAM VP of its selection at least five months prior to the award date. The prize committee must select one paper that determines the prize winner(s). The notification must be accompanied by a written justification and a citation not exceeding 25 words that can be used for a certificate and read at award time.
The SIAM VP will accept or reject the nomination at least four months prior to the award date.
If the recommendation is accepted, the award presentation will be made according to the procedure below. If the recommendation is not accepted, the SIAM VP and the Chairperson of the Prize Committee will select an acceptable paper at least three months prior to the award date.
The Selection Committee has the authority to choose to abstain from giving the award if there is no acceptable individual. If the award is not given for this reason, a new selection committee will be selected for the next award cycle.
Notification of Award
The Chairperson of the Prize Committee will notify the recipient(s) of the award at least three months in advance of the award date. An invitation will also be extended to the recipient(s) to attend the award ceremony to receive the award and to present the paper.
Description of the Award
The award will consist of a certificate containing the citation. If the selected paper has multiple authors, each author will receive a certificate. There will be no cash award associated with the prize.
Award Date and Eligibility Period
The prize is awarded every third year (starting in 1988) at the triennial SIAM Conference on Applied Linear Algebra, the only all SIAG/LA meeting. The award period will be the four calendar years preceding the year of the meeting. The overlap in award periods is intended to ensure that no paper will fail to be considered because of differences between the official publication date of the journal issue containing the paper and the actual time when that issue reaches its subscribers or because of the requirements that the committee notify the SIAM VP at least five months prior to the awarding of the prize.
Obligations of Recipient
At least one of the awardees is expected to attend the award ceremony and to present the paper at the meeting. Travel funds will be made available to reimburse the speaker for reasonable travel expenses incurred in attending the award ceremony and giving the lecture.
The Award Presentation
The Chairperson of the SIAG/LA will announce the award at the chosen meeting and present the award to the recipient(s) who is present. The recipient(s) is not required to be present to receive the award.
An announcement of the award recipient(s) will appear in SIAM News and the SIAG/LA Newsletter.
 An award decision will also be postponed to the next cycle if the number of nominations does not meet the required number to forward to the selection committee.