Women and Mathematics

Since 1994 with the support of the National Science Foundation, the Institute, together with Princeton University, has hosted an intensive 11-day mentoring program for undergraduate and graduate women in mathematics.

The program brings together research mathematicians with undergraduate and graduate students on the campus of the Institute for Advanced Study and is designed to address issues of gender imbalance in mathematics. Activities include lectures and seminars on a focused mathematical topic, mentoring, discussions on peer relations, an introduction to career opportunities and a women in sciences seminar.

 

Below is a partial list of some of the WAM alum distinctions in mathematics of which we are aware.

  • Undergraduate Distinction:

    • 12 out of 31 Alice Schafer Prize Winners.

    • 3 out of 3 female Putnam Fellows.

    • 6 out of 11 Elizabeth Lowell Putnam Award Winners.

    • 2 out of 3 female Morgan Prize Winners, 27 male winners.

  • Graduate Distinction:

    • 47 out of 248 female NSF graduate fellows; 590 male fellows.*

    • 14 out of 45 female National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate fellows; 128 male fellows.*

    • 4 out of 19 female Churchill Scholars; 122 male scholars.

    • 2 out of 4 female Gates Cambridge Scholars; 34 male scholars.

  • Postdoc Distinction:

    • 26 out of 99 female NSF postdoctoral fellows; 429 male fellows.*

    • 20 out of 64 female Sloan fellows; 355 male fellows.*

    • 1 out of 4 female AMS Centennial fellows; 42 male fellows.*

    • 2 out of 3 female American Institute of Mathematics fellows; 10 male fellows.

    • 2 out of 3 female Clay research fellows; 40 male fellows.

    • 1 out of 2 female Clay research award winners; 31 male winners.

  • Further Distinction:

    • 21 out of 103 female ICM invited speakers since 1990; 1071 male speakers.

    • 6 out of 11 female ICM plenary speakers. (129 male speakers)

    • 8 out of 19 female Guggenheim fellows; 629 male fellows.

    • 3 out of 5 female MacArthur fellows; 20 male fellows.

    • 4 out of 5 female National Academy of Science members; 125 male members.

    • 9 out of 15 female American Academy of Arts and Sciences members; 199 male members.

    • 4 out of 5 female American Philosophical Society members; 52 male members.

       

      * Based on data available online in AMS Notices from January 1995-May, 2015.