Welcome to the web site for biographies of women in mathematics. These pages are part
of an on-going project at Agnes Scott College
in Atlanta, Georgia, to
illustrate the numerous achievements of women in the field of mathematics.
Here you can find biographical essays or comments
welcome contributions of biographical information or essays from those outside Agnes
Scott College. If you are interested in contributing an essay, please send your
contribution to the email address below. Comments, suggestions, or
corrections can also be sent to this address.
Did you know? (See the Archive for past announcements)
- The International Congress of Women Mathematicians 2014 will take place in Seoul, Korea, on August 12 and August 14, 2014. The
purpose of the ICWM 2014 is to bring together women mathematicians and
supporters of women in mathematical sciences from around the world to
showcase the mathematical contributions of women, to exchange ideas
about supporting and encouraging active careers for women in the
mathematical sciences, and to provide opportunity for young women
mathematicians, to meet and talk with women in the mathematical
sciences from around the world. The ICWM is held in conjunction with the 27th International Congress of Mathematicians. For more information and registration, see the ICWM2014 website.
The Spring Opportunities Workshop for Women in the Mathematical Sciences will be held April 9-11, 2014 at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. This workshop will familiarize women in the mathematical sciences with professional opportunities in academics, industry and government labs and help them thrive in mathematics-related fields. Speakers, panelists and discussion leaders will be women in research and management positions in industry and government labs as well as women in academia. Application deadline is January 20, 2014. For more information, click here.
- The 16th Conference for Undergraduate Women in Mathematics will be January 31-February 2, 2014. The bulk of the program will be talks given by the undergrads on their own research; there will also be a poster session for students who prefer to present their work that way. In addition, two leading mathematicians, Cynthia A. Phillips (Sandia Labs) and Gigliola Staffilani (MIT), will give plenary addresses and the organizers expect to have representatives from the National Science Foundation, the National Security Agency, and women mathematicians who have pursued a range of careers, both in and out of academia. There will be several panel discussions on topics such as graduate school and careers in mathematics, as well as break-out group discussions. Registration opens on October 2, 2013 for presenters and October 9 for non-presenters. There's more info on the web at http://www.math.unl.edu/~ncuwm.
- Congratulations to University of Michigan statistician Susan Murphy who is among the 24 recipients of the MacArthur Foundation's 2013 "genius grants." Murphy develops "new methodologies to evaluate courses of treatment for individuals coping with chronic or relapsing disorders such as depression or substance abuse". She received a B.S. (1980) from Louisiana State University and a Ph.D. (1989) from the University of North Carolina. For more information, see her Profile at the MacArthur Foundation website.
- The Working Committee for Women in Mathematics, Chinese Mathematical Society (WCWM-CMS) was founded in October 2012. Its present chair is Xing Li, Ningxia University. As one of the branches of the Chinese Mathematical Society (CMS), this committee is a national non-profit academic organization in which women mathematicians who are engaged in research, teaching and applications of mathematics can share their scientific research through academic exchanges both in China and abroad, and let their voice be heard by the world not only as scholars but also as women.
- Two high school girls with projects in mathematics finished among the top 10 finalists in the 2013 Intel Science Talent Search. Hannah Kerner Larson of Eugene, Oregon, won fourth place and $40,000 for her research on "mathematical structures important in theoretical physics and computer science," specifically, fusion categories. Sahana Vasudevan, of Palo Alto, Calif. won tenth place and $20,000 for a project that minimized carries and could lead to faster computer algorithms. Read the article from Science News for more information about the female student who won the $100,000 grand-prize.
- The Nebraska Conference for Undergraduate Women in Mathematics received the 2013 "Mathematics Programs that Make a Difference Award" from the American Mathematical Society. The award recognizes the annual conference organized by the mathematics department at the University of Nebraska for its significant efforts to encourage women to continue in the study of mathematics. For more information, see the article in the May 2013 issue of the Notices of the American Mathematical Society.
AWM Biographies Contest
To increase awareness of women's ongoing contributions to the mathematical
sciences, the Association for Women in Mathematics sponsors an essay
contest for biographies of contemporary women mathematicians and
statisticians in academic, industrial, and government careers. This
contest is open to students in the following categories: Grades 6-8,
Grades 9-12, and College Undergraduate. At least one winning submission will be chosen from each category. Winners will receive a prize, and their essays will be published online at the AWM website. Additionally, a grand prize winner will have his or her submission published in the AWM Newsletter. For more information and to see the results of past Essay Contests, go to http://www.awm-math.org/biographies/contest.html.
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