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)
Registration for the Nebraska Conference for Undergraduate Women in Mathematics begins on October 1. The Conference from January 23-25, 2015, is open to outstanding undergraduate women mathematicians at all stages of their careers. Students will have the opportunity to meet other women who share their interest in the mathematical sciences, and those who have already done research will be given an opportunity to present their results. Plenary Speakers will be Dr. Maria Klawe (President, Harvey Mudd College) and Dr. Karen E. Smith (Keeler Professor of Mathematics, University of Michigan). For more information, see http://www.math.unl.edu/~ncuwm/17thAnnual/
The International Congress of Women Mathematicians 2014 (ICWM 2014)
was successfully held on August 12th and 14th in Seoul, Korea with
over 500 attendees representing more than 50 countries. Information about ICWM 2014 including the program book and the photos
of the attendees of the meeting can be found on the website
The African Mathematical Union Commission for Women and Mathematics in
Africa (AMUCWMA) 2015 Conference / Workshop will take place at Bandari
College in Mombasa, Kenya from July 16-18, 2015. The theme of
the conference/workshop is "Women in Mathematics for Social Change and
Sustainable Livelihoods". The conference is supported by CIMPA and is
intended for African women mathematicians and women postgraduate
students in Mathematical Sciences in Africa.
For detailed information, contact Prof. Marie Françoise Ouedraogo, President of the AMUCWMA (firstname.lastname@example.org).
- 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).
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.
Agnes Scott College, founded in 1889, is a private liberal arts college for women in
Decatur, a part of Atlanta, Georgia.
Looking for college scholarships for women? Agnes Scott, a top liberal arts college, offers women generous scholarships based on academic record, academic interests, and ethnic and religious affiliations.
Visit the Agnes Scott College Mathematics