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 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.
- Ingrid Daubechies, the James B. Duke Professor of Mathematics at Duke University, was one of two recipients of the BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Award in Basic Sciences for 2012. She was cited for her work on wavelets "which has strongly influenced diverse fields of application ranging from data compression to pattern recognition." For more information, see the BBVA press release or the AMS Notices article.
- Eva Viehmann of the Technical University of Munich was awarded the 2012 von Kaven Award in mathematics "in recognition of her outstanding research in the field of arithmetic algebraic geometry." Melania Alvarez of the University of British Columbia and the Pacific Institute for the Mathematical Sciences received the 2012 Adrien Pouliot Award of the Canadian Mathematical Society in recognition of her contributions to mathematics education in Canada. For more information about both women, see the December 2012 issue of the Notices of the American Mathematical Society.
- Maria Chudnovsky, associate professor in the department of industrial engineering and operations research at Columbia University, has been named a 2012 MacArthur Fellow (also know as the "genius award") for her work on the classifications and properties of graphs. Chudnovsky earned her Ph.D. in mathematics from Princeton University in 2003. For more information about her fundamental work in graph theory and a video interview, see the MacArthur Foundation website or read the article about her in the January 2013 issue of the AMS Notices.
- The Association for Women in Mathematics has begun a new prize initiative to highlight outstanding research by women in the early stages of their careers in mathematics. Two prizes have recently been announced: The AWM-Microsoft Research Prize in Algebra and Number Theory and the AWM-Sadosky Research Prize in Analysis. Both prizes will be given for the first time at the AWM Reception at the Joint Mathematics Meetings in Baltimore, MD in January 2014. For more information, see the article by Ruth Charney in the January 2013 issue of the AMS Notices.
- Congratulations to the eight young women on the U.S. team that competed at the 11th annual China Girls Mathematical Olympiad (CGMO) in August, 2012. Among the eight high school and middle school girls on the U.S. team, three students—including one who achieved a perfect score—won gold medals, four students won silver medals, and one student was awarded a bronze medal. The girls-only international competition was held in Guangzhou, the third largest city in China, in southern China’s Guangdong Province. Gold medals were awarded to Victoria Xia, 16, from Vienna, Virginia—she received a perfect score and won her second consecutive gold medal—who will be a junior at the Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology; Danielle Wang, 15, from Campbell, California, a sophomore at Westmont High School, who also won a gold medal last year; Alicia Weng, 16, from West Hills, California, who will be a junior at North Hollywood High School. Silver medals were won by Cynthia Day, 17, from San Jose, California, who recently graduated from Lynbrook High School and will be a freshman at Stanford University this fall, she was also a medalist at the 2009 and 2010 CGMO; Courtney Guo, 16, a U.S. citizen who is a junior at the International School of Beijing in China; Laura Pierson, 12, from Oakland, California, who is the youngest student to ever compete on the U.S. team, she will be a seventh grader this fall at Hillcrest Middle School; and Jingyi Zhao, 16, from Culver, Indiana, who will be a junior this fall at Culver Academies. A bronze medal was awarded to Gabriella Studt, 16, from Silver Spring, Maryland, who begins her junior year at Montgomery Blair High School. See the
press release from MSRI and for updates from team members visit the MSRI website.
See the eight-question test that the team took during the two four-hour sessions.
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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