Ruth Lyttle Satter Prize in Mathematics

Photo courtesy of Joan Birman

The Satter Prize recognizes an outstanding contribution to mathematics research by a woman in the previous six years.

About this Prize

This prize was established in 1990 using funds donated by Joan S. Birman in memory of her sister, Ruth Lyttle Satter. Professor Birman requested that the prize be established to honor her sister's commitment to research and to encourage women in science. An anonymous benefactor added to the endowment in 2008.

The current prize amount is $5,000 and the prize is awarded every 2 years.

Most Recent Prize: 2019

The 2019 Ruth Lyttle Satter Prize in Mathematics was awarded to Maryna Viazovska, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (Switzerland), for her groundbreaking work in discrete geometry and her spectacular solution to the sphere-packing problem in dimension eight.

Prize announcement as seen in Notices of the AMS and in the news release.

See previous winners

Next Prize:  January 2021

Nomination Period:  1 March - 30 June, 2020

Nomination Procedure: 

Submit a letter of nomination describing the candidate's accomplishments including complete bibliographic citations for the work being nominated, a CV for the nominee, and a brief citation that explains why the work is important.

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