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Women Doing Mathematics

Women Doing Mathematics posterCelebrating Women in MathematicsWhether they do mathematics for the sheer intellectual challenge, or for the critical insights it brings to solving important theoretical and real-world problems, women mathematicians love what they do. Some work alone or in collaboration with other mathematicians. Others work as members of interdisciplinary teams. Many of them also teach at the college or university level, while others are employed in industrial or government laboratories. Highlighted on the poster and on this web page are just a few of the women doing mathematics today.

Learn more about these women mathematicians and their work, explore more resources about women mathematicians, and link to some websites about mathematics, opportunities and careers.

Learn more about these women mathematicians and their work

Andrea L. Bertozzi, University of California Los Angeles
Ph.D. Princeton University
News articles

Maria Chudnovsky, Columbia University and 2012 MacArthur Fellow
Ph.D. Princeton Univversity
"Maria Chudnovsky" (Popular Science, 2004)

Sommer Gentry, U.S. Naval Academy
Ph.D. M.I.T.
Podcast interview for "Matching Vital Needs"
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Rebecca Goldin, George Mason University
Ph.D. M.I.T.
"An Interview with Rebecca Goldin," (MAA, November 4, 2008)

Trachette Jackson, University of Michigan
Ph.D. University of Washington
The Jackson Cancer Modeling Group

Bryna Kra, Northwestern University
Ph.D. Stanford University
2010 Conant Prize (Notices of the AMS, April 2010)
2006–2007 AMS Centennial Fellowships Awarded (Notices of the AMS, June/July 2006)

Ivelisse Rubio, University of Puerto Rico
Ph.D. Cornell University
Infinite Possibilities

Abigail Thompson, University of California, Davis
Ph.D. Rutgers University

Melanie Wood, Stanford University
Ph.D. Princeton Unviersity

Explore these resources to learn about women mathematicians:

Association for Women in Mathematics
The purpose of the Association for Women in Mathematics is to encourage women and girls to study and to have active careers in the mathematical sciences, and to promote equal opportunity and the equal treatment of women and girls in the mathematical sciences.

Women Do Math
This website celebrates women mathematicians around the world with profiles, lectures, upcoming conferences, resources for students at various levels and for educators, best practices, and career information.

Biographies of Women Mathematicians
This resource is 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 on the women mathematicians profiled on this site, as well as additional resources about women in mathematics.

Female Mathematicians
A list compiled by the MacTutor History of Mathematics website at the School of Mathematics and Statistics, University of St Andrews, Scotland, which includes a biography of each woman and links for further exploration.

THE PDK POSTER PROJECT: Using Visual Means To Challenge Stereotypes
The primary goal of this project is to encourage scientific literacy, and to promote the public's awareness and appreciation of science and technology by humanizing the image of research science and scientists. Its other major goal is mentoring women and girls who choose to pursue careers related to the physical sciences and mathematics, and to retain, at the high school and university levels, women who have already chosen such careers. The project represents an intersection between science and art, gender socialization, and education. It visualizes women in science and the role of personal choice in a life in scientific research.

Black Women in Mathematics
This website exhibits the accomplishments of the peoples of Africa and the African Diaspora within the Mathematical Sciences.

Distinguished Women of Past and Present - Mathematical Sciences
A website devoted to distinguished women in all fields.

Women of NASA
The Women of NASA resource was developed to encourage more young women to pursue careers in math, science, and technology. Throughout history, women have made valuable contributions to these fields. Although these disciplines are still dominated by men, and these women are seen as exceptions, there is a growing appreciation of cultural and gender diversity in the workplace. The Women of NASA interactive project showcases outstanding women who are enjoying successful careers and demonstrates how these women balance personal and professional responsibilities.

Learn more about mathematics, opportunities and careers

Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science
A society of scientists dedicated to fostering the success of Hispanic/Chicano and Native American scientists—-from college students to professionals—-in attaining advanced degrees, careers, and positions of leadership.

What Do Mathematicians Do?
"A mathematician, like a painter or poet, is a maker of patterns. If his patterns are more permanent than theirs, it is because they are made with ideas." --- G. H. Hardy (from A Mathematician's Apology, London 1941) Mathematicians are often asked by friends, family, colleagues in other fields, and strangers: "What do mathematicians do?" This web page includes resources and facts that may help answer that question.

Math Camps and Programs for Students
Summer programs help gifted pre-college students explore the world of mathematics research. Most are residential programs accepting applications nationwide.

Research Experiences for Undergraduates: Summer Programs
At these sessions participants take the opportunity to conduct research under the guidance of mentors, and later present posters their work at professional mathematics conferences.

Mathematics Research Communities
Mathematics Research Communities (MRC), an AMS program, nurtures early-career mathematicians—those who are close to finishing their doctorates or have recently finished—and provides them with opportunities to build social and collaborative networks to inspire and sustain each other in their work.