Essay contest: Biographies of contemporary women in mathematics

To increase awareness of women's ongoing contributions to the mathematical sciences, the Association for Women in Mathematics (AWM) and Math for America are co-sponsoring an essay contest for biographies of contemporary women mathematicians and statisticians in academic, industrial, and government careers.

The essays will be based primarily on an interview with a woman currently working in a mathematical sciences career. 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 web site. Additionally, a grand prize winner will have his or her submission published in the AWM Newsletter.

The Deadline for the 2015 AWM Essay Contest is January 31, 2015.

If you know someone who wants to participate, we can help with suggestions for whom to interview. Contact us at


We are currently seeking women mathematicians to volunteer as the subjects of these essays, and in February-early March we will need people (male or female, but not current students) to help with the judging. To sign up as a volunteer please fill out the form at

For more information, contact Dr. Heather Lewis, the contest organizer, by email at

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