Women and Mathematics


News Flash!  

     Congratulations to Yuliya Nesterov (BG 2015), a finalist in the Canadian National Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC)'s contest for students to describe their research accessibly to the public in a 1-minute video.  Of the 40 Canada-wide finalists, Yuliya is the only pure mathematician left in the competition.

     Yuliya's video,  Lives of Shapes in Space is based on her master's thesis, greatly helped by her experiences in the 2015 WAM program on Aspects of Algebraic Geometry.  The video demonstrates the enthusiasm and adventure of mathematical research.

      The next stage of the contest is a world-wide public vote: Lives of Shapes in Space must be  among the 25-most-watched of the finalists by Feb 28 for Yuliya to move on to the next stage in the competition.   Please watch the video and urge your colleagues to watch the video to give a shout-out to Yuliya and a boost to algebraic geometry!


     In Summer 2017, six WAM alumnae will return to IAS as researchers in the inaugural Summer Collaborators Program. They are Ana-Maria Brecan (PD 2015), Laure Flapan (PD 2015), Alessia Mandini (AG 2007), Elizabeth Milicevic (BG 2007; LE 2015); Ana Pires (BG 2007, TA 2016), and Kaisa Taipale (PD 2015). 


     In 2017-2018, IAS welcomes back WAM alumnae Helen Wong (PD 2008) as a member; Ana Caraiani (TA 2010) and Lillian Pierce (UG 2001, 2002; AG 2006; PD 2014) back as Von Neumann Fellows.


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.