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)
- Congratulations to Maryam Mirzakhani, Professor of Mathematics at Stanford University, for becoming the first woman to win a Fields Medal!
- In March 2013 the Executive Committee of the International Mathematical Union (IMU) approved the
establishment of an Advisory Group for Women in Mathematics, charged
with creating and overseeing a section of the IMU website entitled
Women in Mathematics (WiM). Opportunities for women vary widely from
country to country and a main aim is to enhance the participation of
women in all mathematical communities. The new WiM site
launched at the International Congress of Women Mathematicians
on August 12th just prior to the International Congress of Mathematics, at the
address http://www.mathunion.org/wim/. The site includes information about organizations, people, events, resources and initiatives of interest to women mathematicians world-wide.
The Advantage Testing Foundation sponsors an annual math competition for high-school girls, the largest monetary math prize for girls in the world. Their goal is to encourage young women with exceptional potential to become the mathematical and scientific leaders of tomorrow. Their next contest will be held on Saturday, September 27, 2014, at MIT. The application deadline is June 30. For more information, see the Math Prize for Girls website.
- The third European Girls' Mathematical Olympiad took place in Antalya, Turkey, April 10-16, 2014. The competition, inspired by the China Girls' Math Olympiad, is similar in style to the International Mathematical Olympiad, with two tests taken on consecutive days. Participating countries send teams consisting of their strongest four high-school-age, female mathematicians. The girls who represented the United States, Danielle Wang, Alicia Weng, Victoria Xia, and Rachel Zhang, took second place (behind Ukraine). Read more about their accomplishments in the online article from the June/July issue of MAA Focus (page 11).
- 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.
- 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.
- 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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