Women in Math Project

directed by
Marie A. Vitulli

Conferences | Programs | Workshops | RCCWs


AWM Research Symposium 2015

April 11 - 12, 2015

The AWM Research Symposium 2015 will be held at University of Maryland, College Park, April 11 -12, 2015. The symposium will showcase the research of women in the mathematical professions. It will feature four plenary talks, special sessions on a broad range of research in pure and applied mathematics, and poster sessions for graduate students and recent PhDs (application deadline extended to January 27, 2015).
Registration deadline: April 9, 2015

Graduate Research Opportunities for Women at Northwestern

October 24 - 25, 2015

Over the weekend of October 24-25, 2015, the Department of Mathematics at Northwestern University will host GROW, a conference for undergraduate women who may be interested in pursuing graduate study in the mathematical sciences (pure and applied mathematics, and also mathematical physics, statistics, theoretical computer science, ...). There will be research lectures, panel discussions, and numerous opportunities for interaction with faculty and graduate students, both casual and structured (including time set aside for mentorship). Participants will be reimbursed for travel and living expenses. The registration for GROW 2016 will open in April 2016. Check this page in April if you are interested.
Registration deadline: September 15, 2015


Nebraska Conference for Undergraduate Women in Mathematics

January 29 - 31, 2016

The Conference at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln will give outstanding undergraduate women the opportunity to discuss their own research and to meet other women who share their interest in the mathematical sciences. Conference activities will occur on the university's city campus, accessible by foot to downtown Lincoln, and at the Embassy Suites Downtown Hotel. Plenary speakers include Dr. Emina Solanin, Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Rutgers University and Dr. Abigail Thompson, Professor of Mathematics at University of California Davis. Registration deadline: TBA


Women in Topology(WIT) II

April 24 - 29, 2016

The purpose of the workshop in Banff, Alberta, Canada, is to support and expand research efforts by female mathematicians in the field of homotopy theory. The WIT proposal is inspired by the success of the networking group WIN of women in number theory and the format of their workshops held at BIRS in 2008 and 2011, and by their own recent success with the WIT: Women In Topology workshop held at BIRS in 2013.




High school girls are invited to apply for a week of ALL GIRLS/ALL MATH offered at the University of Nebraska. The Summer Mathematics Camp for High School Girls provides a stimulating and supportive environment for girls to develop their mathematical ability and interest. The ALL GIRLS/ALL MATH summer camp has been offered since 1997.


AWM Mentor Network

The goal of the AWM Mentor Network is to match mentors with girls and women who are interested in mathematics and/or are pursuing careers in mathematics. The network is intended to link mentors with a variety of groups: recent Ph. D's, grad students, undergrads, high school and grade school students, and teachers. Matching is based on common interests in careers in academics or industry, math education, balance of career and family, or general mathematical interests.


Budapest Semesters in Mathematics

The Budapest Semesters in Mathematics is a program for American and Canadian juniors and seniors majoring in mathematics and computer science. You can spend part of your junior or senior year in Budapest, Hungary, learning mathematics from leading Hungarian scholars. All classes are taught in English.


Carleton College Summer Mathematics Program for Women

currently on hiatus

This is an intensive four-week summer mathematics program for undergraduate women who have completer linear algebra but not more than one year of mathematics beyond linear algebra. The courses will be in two areas not normally covered in an undergraduate curriculum. The students will immerse themselves in mathematics, living and working in a supportive community of women scholars (undergraduates, graduates, and post-graduates) who are passionate about learning and doing mathematics. The program's intent is three-fold: to excite these young women about mathematics, to provide them with the tools they will need to succeed in higher-level mathematics, and to connect them with a network of fellow female mathematicians.


Carnegie Mellon Summer Undergraduate Applied Mathematics Institute

Carnegie Mellon University will offer a summer program for twelve undergraduates considering research careers in mathematical sciences. Students who have finished their sophomore or junior years and who have strong academic records will be given preference. Among applicants who are otherwise comparable, admission to the program will be designed to create an ethnically diverse group of participants. Applications from women and minorities are especially encouraged. Students selected into the program will receive a stipend, housing in university dormitories, and allowances for food and travel. They will spend seven weeks in Pittsburgh participating in a course in analysis, a computer laboratory, and working on projects under the direction of research faculty. Program participants will receive Carnegie Mellon credit. Faculty who are actively engaged in applied mathematics research and who have a particular interest in undergraduate education will provide the instruction. In order to be eligible, students must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents and must be continuing students in an undergraduate degree program; transcripts should be provided. The application deadline is March 1st of each year.


Distinguished Women in Mathematics Lecture Series and the Horton-Jacobs/Women in Natural Science Lecture Series at the University of Texas at Austin

The Distinguished Women in Mathematics Lecture Series seeks to foster the growth and development of the members of the mathematics community at the University of Texas at Austin through exposure to outstanding women mathematicians. The Horton-Jacobs/WINS Lecture Series began in the spring of 2009 and is a yearly talk for general mathematical audiences. It is meant to complement the Distinguished Women in Mathematics Lecture Series and is managed by a committee of women graduate students, postdocs and junior faculty.


The Distinguished Speaker Series at the University of Oregon

The Distinguished Speaker Series is directed by the AWM Student Chapter at the University of Oregon. The chapter brings one distinguished female mathematician per term to give two talks. Collectively, the talks will cover, as much as possible, material which is accessible to graduate students, material accessible to advanced undergraduates, and issues of importance to females in the mathematical sciences. Past speakers include Rachel Pries, Talithia Williams, Julie Bergner, Christine Escher, Ursula Whitcher, Lan-Hsuan Huang, Angélica Orsono and Cristina Ballantine.


EDGE (Enhancing Diversity in Graduate Education)

The EDGE Program, funded by the National Science Foundation and the National Security Agency, is designed to strengthen the ability of post-baccalaureate women and minority students to successfully complete graduate programs in the mathematical sciences. It is currently administered by Morehouse and Pomona Colleges. The summer program consists of two core courses and a mini-course in vital areas of mathematical research in pure and applied mathematics. There will be problem sessions aimed at preparing participants for graduate qualifying exams. EDGE 2016 will be held at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana.   Dr. Edray Goins (Purdue University) and Dr. Alejandro Alvarado (Eastern Illinois University) are the local coordinators.
Application Deadline: Monday, March 4, 2016


Emmy Noether High School Mathematics Days at Texas Tech

The Emmy Noether High School Mathematics Days at Texas Tech are designed to:

  • provide women students with a unique, high-quality experience that will foster interest in mathematics and careers in mathematics, engineering, and science;
  • provide women students the opportunity to experience a university environment;.
  • to gain insight into women professors' experiences and educational opportunities associated with mathematics;
  • to provide to women students the opportunity to learn that careers in mathematics, science, and engineering are attainable.
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    IAS/Park City Mathematics Institute

    The IAS/Park City Mathematics Institute (PCMI) is designed for mathematics educators at the secondary and post-secondary level, as well as mathematics researchers and students at the post-secondary level. These groups find at PCMI an intensive mathematical experience geared to their individual needs. Moreover, the interaction among groups with different backgrounds and professional needs increases each participant's appreciation of the mathematical community as a whole as well as the work of participants in different areas.The institute is located in Park City, Utah.


    National Security Agency Internships and Cooperative Education Program<

    The NSA has 9 internship programs for college students. Please visit the NSA site for application deadlines and more more information.


    Professional Research Experience Program

    The Professional Research Experience Program (PREP) is designed by the NIST Boulder Laboratories to provide valuable laboratory experience and financial assistance to undergraduate, graduate, and post-graduate students. Fellowships are awarded to assure continued growth and progress of science and engineering in the United States. Research areas include mathematical and computational sciences.


    Program for Women in Mathematics at IAS

    The Program for Women in Mathematics is supported by the Institute for Advanced Study and Princeton University and is held on the Institute’s campus in Princeton, New Jersey. The Institute is an intellectual center for research in mathematics as well as physics, historical studies and social science. This program provides a chance for women to advance their careers in mathematics. In accordance with the principle that mathematics should be inclusive, not exclusive, the activities of the program are open to all, regardless of age and gender. Funding is provided for women. More information is to come.


    Research Experiences for Undergraduates

    The National Science Foundation (NSF) funds a large number of research opportunities for undergraduate students through its REU Sites program. An REU Site consists of a group of ten or so undergraduates who work in the research programs of the host institution. Each student is associated with a specific research project, where he/she works closely with the faculty and other researchers. Students are granted stipends and, in many cases, assistance with housing and travel.

    List of Math REU Programs for 2016. Downloadable Excel file of Math REU Programs for 2016.


    Smith College Programs for Women in Mathematics

    The Smith College Department of Mathematics and Statistics launched two programs for women in fall of 2008. The first is a post-baccalaureate program in mathematics for women who need additional coursework before applying to graduate school. Expenses are paid by Smith and the NSF. The second is a junior year program for women from other schools to spend a year at Smith. Smith and the NSF will provide need-based financial aid for participants. Check out their website or email Ruth Haas.


    Summer Explorations and Research Collaborations for High School Girls

    Currently on hiatus

    The SEARCH program at Mount Holyoke College is designed for high school girls who have done well in mathematics and who would like to see a different aspect of the mathematical world. At SEARCH students will experience a research-like atmosphere in mathematics, with classes focusing on active and collaborative problem solving -- problems given to them by instructors and problems of their own creation. We hope that whether or not you consider yourself a “math type”, you will consider joining us for SEARCH.


    Sonia Kovalevsky High School Mathematics Days

    Currently on hiatus

    In prior years, through a grant from the National Security Agency (NSA), the Association for Women in Mathematics (AWM) had available funds to support Sonia Kovalevsky High School Mathematics Days at colleges and universities throughout the country. They consist of a program of workshops, talks, and problem-solving competitions for high school women students and their teachers, both women and men.


    SummerMath at Mount Holyoke

    Currently on hiatus

    SummerMath is a nationally acclaimed four-week program for girls in the eighth through twelfth grades at Mount Holyoke College. The program has been featured on “ABC World News Tonight with Peter Jennings,” on the “Today Show,” and in Newsweek. The program coordinators believe young women stay with mathematics longer--and keep more options open--when feeling confident and when seeing how math applies to the real world. They add that math is in just about everything--from digital sampling to design to DNA.


    Summer Program for Women in Mathematics at the George Washington University

    Currently on hiatus

    The George Washington University Mathematics Department will host a Summer Program for Women in Mathematics (SPWM). This will be a 5-week program for 16 outstanding undergraduate women majoring in mathematical disciplines who have completed their junior year and are considering graduate study in the mathematical sciences.



    AWM Workshops for Women Graduate Students and Recent PhDs

    Over the past fourteen years, the Association for Women in Mathematics has held a series of workshops for women graduate students and recent PhD’s in conjunction with major mathematics meetings.


    Connections for Women: Differential Geometry

    January 14 - 15, 2016

    The purpose of this workshop at MSRI is to help junior female researchers to become familiar with the focus topics of the main MSRI program, and also for the junior researchers to have an opportunity to get acquainted with more senior women researchers in differential geometry. This workshop is open to all mathematicians.


    Connections for Women: Geometric Group Theory

    August 17 - 19, 2016

    This three-day workshop will feature talks by six prominent female mathematicians on a wide range of topics in geometric group theory. Each speaker will give two lectures, separated by a break-out session during which participants will meet in small groups to discuss ideas presented in the first lecture. The workshop is open to all mathematicians.



    There have been recent efforts to build networks of female researchers in different areas of mathematics through Research Collaboration Conferences for Women (RCCWs) at math institutes, which focus on building collaboration groups consisting of senior and junior women in a given area. The networks continue to operate after the conferences. In September 2015 the Association for Women in Mathematics was awarded an NSF ADVANCE Grant to establish and provide support for new RCCWs and to run workshops to follow up of the work started at the RCCWs. The first workshop supported by the AWM ADVANCE Grant was the AWM Workshop:Special Session in Algebraic Combinatorics at JMM 2016 in Seattle. At the SIAM Annual Meeting in July 2016, the AWM Workshop will serve as a follow-up to the Research Collaboration Conference WhAM! (Women in Applied Mathematics) with a special session entitled Dynamical Systems with Applications to Biology and Medicine.

    Research Collaboration Networks for Women

    • Women in Numbers (WIN) The Women in Number Theory Community has held several conferences and workshops since 2008.
      Their website lists future and past conferences, resources and lists of female number theory by region and by research area.
    • Women in Shape (WiSH)
    • Women in Topology (WIT)
    • Women in Applied Mathematics (WhAM!)
    • Women in Geometry (WIG)
    • Women in Noncommutative Algebra and Representation Theory (WINART)
    • Women in Numerical Analysis and Scientific Computing (WINASC)
    • Algebraic Combinatorixx

    Research Collaboration Conferences for Women

    The idea of the model for such conferences is to bring together senior women in a particular mathematical research area to run research projects during a week-long conference: the participants in the project groups are female graduate students, postdocs and junior faculty who apply to attend. The benefit of such a structured program with leaders, projects and working groups, planned in advance, is intended to be in both directions: for senior women who will hopefully meet, mentor, and collaborate with the brightest young women in their field on a part of their research agenda of their choosing, and for junior women and students who will develop their network of colleagues and supporters and encounter important new research areas to work in, thereby improving their chances for successful research careers. Participating institutes include, BIRS, IPAM, IMA, and CIRM.

    Connections for Women at MSRI

    MSRI has been sponsoring these research opportunities for women for the past several years. Frequently the Connections for Women Workshop precedes a general workshop on a specific research topic. The intended audience is graduate students, post-docs, and junior faculty. Upcoming workshops are listed below. Go to the MSRI website and search for Connections for Women to see a list of recent and upcoming workshops.

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    Quote for Today

    "Mathematics is the key and the door to the sciences."

    - Galileo Galilei

    About Our Project

    The Women in Math Project was created in 1997 by Marie A. Vitulli, a Professor of Mathematics at the University of Oregon. She served on the Executive Committee of the AWM and was chosen as the 2014 Falconer Lecturer at MathFest. She is the co-author (with Mary E. Flahive) of a pair of studies on first jobs for women PhDs in mathematics. This site provides comprehensive resources and information for and about women in math. The site was chosen as Site of the Day for by New Scientist Planet Science and as one of the Digital Dozen sites by the Eisenhower National Clearinghouse for Mathematics and Science Education. We hope you find these pages useful.

    In the News

    The Association for Women in Mathematics (AWM) was awarded a $750,000 NSF ADVANCE Grant to establish research networks for women by fostering research collaborations at conferences and AWM Workshops. These networks are spawned at Research Collaboration Conferences for Women (RCCWs), which are week-long conferences, held at mathematics institutes, where junior and senior women come together to work on pre-defined research projects. The grant website is under construction.