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)
- The Association for Women in Mathematics has begun a new prize initiative to highlight outstanding research by women in the early stages of their careers in mathematics. Two prizes have recently been announced: The AWM-Microsoft Research Prize in Algebra and Number Theory and the AWM-Sadosky Research Prize in Analysis. Both prizes will be given for the first time at the AWM Reception at the Joint Mathematics Meetings in Baltimore, MD in January 2014. For more information, see the AWM announcement.
- The 15th Annual Nebraska Conference for Undergraduate Women in Mathematics will be held January 25-27, 2013, at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. Plenary speakers will be Cathy O'Neil and Rekha Thomas. Registration opens October 3, 2012. Registration information can be found at www.math.unl.edu/ncuwm. For undergraduate participants, most local expenses are covered and some travel support is available.
- Congratulations to the eight young women on the U.S. team that competed at the 11th annual China Girls Mathematical Olympiad (CGMO) in August, 2012. Among the eight high school and middle school girls on the U.S. team, three students—including one who achieved a perfect score—won gold medals, four students won silver medals, and one student was awarded a bronze medal. The girls-only international competition was held in Guangzhou, the third largest city in China, in southern China’s Guangdong Province. Gold medals were awarded to Victoria Xia, 16, from Vienna, Virginia—she received a perfect score and won her second consecutive gold medal—who will be a junior at the Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology; Danielle Wang, 15, from Campbell, California, a sophomore at Westmont High School, who also won a gold medal last year; Alicia Weng, 16, from West Hills, California, who will be a junior at North Hollywood High School. Silver medals were won by Cynthia Day, 17, from San Jose, California, who recently graduated from Lynbrook High School and will be a freshman at Stanford University this fall, she was also a medalist at the 2009 and 2010 CGMO; Courtney Guo, 16, a U.S. citizen who is a junior at the International School of Beijing in China; Laura Pierson, 12, from Oakland, California, who is the youngest student to ever compete on the U.S. team, she will be a seventh grader this fall at Hillcrest Middle School; and Jingyi Zhao, 16, from Culver, Indiana, who will be a junior this fall at Culver Academies. A bronze medal was awarded to Gabriella Studt, 16, from Silver Spring, Maryland, who begins her junior year at Montgomery Blair High School. See the
press release from MSRI, and for updates from team members visit the MSRI website. See the eight-question test that the team took during the two four-hour sessions.
- Ingrid Daubechies has been awarded the 2012 Frederic Esser Nemmers Prize in Mathematics, one of the largest monetary awards in the United States honoring outstanding achievements in mathematics. She was recognized "for her numerous and lasting contributions to applied and computational analysis and for the remarkable impact her work has had across engineering and the sciences." For more information, see the announcement in the August 2012 Notices of the American Mathematical Society.
- Cheryl Praeger has been elected as Vice President of the International Commission on Mathematical Instruction at its July 2012 General Assembly in Seoul, South Korea. The ICMI was founded in 1908 to foster efforts to improve worldwide the quality of mathematics teaching and learning.
- Sarah Hermann, Julia Huang, Danielle Wang, and Victoria Xia represented the United States in the first European Girls' Mathematical Olympiad at Murray Edwards College in England, April 12-13, 2012, with the team coming in 4th among the 19 countries participating. Danielle and Victoria won gold medals while Sarah and Julia won bronze medals. For more details, see the EGMO website.
- Lisa Sauermann, a resident of Germany, is ranked No. 1 in the International Mathematical Olympiad Hall of Fame, having won four gold medals (2008-2011) and one silver medal (2007) in this international mathematics competition. She received a perfect score of 42 on the 2011 exam, the only participant to do. She is currently a student at the University of Bonn.
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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