Women and Mathematics News

WAM News

  • NEW Congratulations to Karen Uhlenbeck (co-founder) who was awarded the 2019 Abel Prize by the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters—the first woman to receive this prestigious award.  A news release with more information is available at www.ias.edu/press-releases/2019/abel

  • Congratulations to Alice Chang (LE 1999, PN 2000, CM 2002-2018), Ingrid Daubechies  (CQ 1994, LE 1999, PN 2000, CM (2002-2004), PO (2008-2012), Dusa McDuff  (CQ 1994, LE 2002, CM 2012-2016, PO 2017-2018), Irina Mitrea ( LE 2009, PN 2015), Audrey Terras (LE 2006), Lesley Ward (LE 2004) on being selected to the second class of AWM Fellows.  The program recognizes individuals who have demonstrated a sustained commitment to the support and advancement of women in the mathematical sciences.

  • Congratulations to Lillian Pierce (UG 2001-2002; AG 2006, 2010; PD 2014-2016; Committee 2018) on winning the 2018 AWM-Sadosky Research Prize.  The prize serves to highlight exceptional research in analysis by a woman early in their career. The field will be broadly interpreted to include all areas of analysis. The award is named for Cora Sadosky, a former president of AWM.
  • Congratulations to Melanie Matchett Wood (BG 2006; AG 2007) on winning the 2018 AWM-Microsoft Research Prize.  The prize serves to highlight exceptional research in some area of algebra by a woman early in their career. The field will be broadly interpreted to include number theory, cryptography, combinatorics and other applications, as well as more traditional areas of algebra.

  • Congratulations to Dusa McDuff, a program organizer of WAM, was selected as the 2018 Sylvester Medal winner. The Sylvester Medal is now awarded annually for an outstanding researcher in the field of mathematics. McDuff will be awarded at the Royal Society’s Anniversary Day in November 2018 for leading the development of the new field of symplectic geometry and topology. https://royalsociety.org/grants-schemes-awards/awards/sylvester-medal/

  • Congratulations to Alana Huszar (UG 2015-2017; AG and Ambassador 2018) on receiving a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship in 2018.

  • Congratulations to Emmy Murphy (AG 2012) on winning the 2017 AWM Joan & Jospeh Birman Research Prize in Topology and Geometry. The purpose of the award is to highlight exceptional research in topology and geometry by a woman early in her career. The field will be broadly interpreted to include topology, geometry, geometric group theory and related areas. The award is made possible by a generous contribution from Joan Birman whose work has been in low dimensional topology and her husband, Joseph, who is a theoretical physicist whose specialty is applications of group theory to solid state physics.

  • WAM is most grateful for renewed funding from the NSF as well as a generous grant from Lisa Simonyi, which will enable WAM to enact many new initiatives to continue its mission to recruit and retain more women in mathematics.  Please check out the 2016 Yearbook , 2017 Yearbook and 2018 Yearbook.

  • 2019 Ambassador Program - for more information please see http://www.math.ias.edu/wam/about/ambassador

  • AMS Notices - Women History Month - Christine Taylor and Margaret Readdy were guest editors!
  • Exciting news from Antonella Grassi, UPenn faculty and WAM organizer alumni!

    • A little more than two years later, the 2015 WAM program in algebraic geometry is having a great impact on the community of young algebraic geometers.  One visible effect is the number of young, active and high quality women researchers in the field:  "there has never been before a critical mass of women in the field of algebraic geometry in the US", said Grassi.
    • A few highlights worth mentioning:
      • Isabele Vogt and Rohini Ramadas, 2015 WAM participants, are now taking part in the 2017 WAM Ambassador program where they are organizing a Graduate Workshop in Algebraic Geometry for Women and Mathematicians of Minority Genders to be held at Harvard and MIT on February 17-18, 2018.  Melody Chan, Brown University is a speaker at the workshop and was a teaching assistant at the 2015 WAM program.  More information on the workshop can be found here:  https://sites.google.com/view/gwag
      • AGNES - http://www.agneshome.org/  Algebraic Geometry Northeastern Series has established a Connections for Women @AGNES which had its first talk at Yale University in 2016 with the plenary talk delivered by Lucia Caporaso, program lecturer for 2015 WAM.
  • Support for the 2017 Women and Mathematics program is provided by a grant from the Schwab Charitable Fund made possible by the generosity of Eric and Wendy Schmidt.

  • Congratulations to Wei Ho (BG 2005; AG 2006, 2008; TA 2007; LE 2015) and Chelsea Walton (BG 2006, 2007) on winning the 2017 Sloan Research Fellowships.  The Sloan Research Fellowships seek to stimulate fundamental research by early-career scientists and scholars of outstanding promise. They are awarded in recognition of distinguished performance  and a unique potential to make substantial contributions to their field.

  • 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 was the only pure mathematician to advance as a finalist.  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.  

  • 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; and Ana Caraiani (TA 2010) and Lillian Pierce (UG 2001, 2002; AG 2006; PD 2014) as Von Neumann Fellows.

About WAM

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

To recruit and retain more women in mathematics, the program brings together research mathematicians, undergraduate, and graduate students on the Institute campus in Princeton, New Jersey.  Activities include lectures and seminars on a focused mathematical topic, discussions on peer relations, mentoring, computer workshop, introduction to career opportunities, and a women in science seminar.  Below is a partial list of WAM alumnae distinctions.

  • Undergraduate Distinctions:

    • 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

  • Graduate Distinctions:

    • 47 out of 248 female NSF graduate fellows

    • 14 out of 45 female National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate fellows

    • 4 out of 19 female Churchill Scholars

    • 2 out of 4 female Gates Cambridge Scholars

  • Post-Doctorate Distinctions:

    • 26 out of 99 female NSF postdoctoral fellows

    • 20 out of 64 female Sloan fellows

    • 1 out of 4 female AMS Centennial fellows

    • 2 out of 3 female American Institute of Mathematics fellows

    • 2 out of 3 female Clay research fellows

    • 1 out of 2 female Clay research award winners

  • Further Distinctions:

    • 21 out of 103 female ICM invited speakers since 1990

    • 6 out of 11 female ICM plenary speakers

    • 8 out of 19 female Guggenheim fellows

    • 3 out of 5 female MacArthur fellows

    • 4 out of 5 female National Academy of Science members

    • 9 out of 15 female American Academy of Arts and Sciences members

    • 4 out of 5 female American Philosophical Society members