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About the Department of Mathematics

The Mathematics Department at MIT is a world leader in pure and applied mathematical research and education. In pure mathematics we explore exciting current research directions in most of the major fields. In applied mathematics, we look for important connections with other disciplines that may inspire interesting and useful mathematics, and where innovative mathematical reasoning may lead to new insights and applications. Our applied math group focuses on biology, combinatorics, computer science, scientific computing, numerical analysis, and areas of physical applied mathematics.

In 1930, Dorothy Weeks was the first woman awarded a PhD in mathematics at MIT. Our first female CLE Moore instructor was Nancy Jane Kopell in 1967, and our first tenured professor was Michele Vergne, in 1978.


Awards

YearRecipientAward
2019Bonnie Berger ICSB (International Society for Computational Biology) Senior Scientist Award
2018Jane WangCharles and Holly Housman Award for Excellence in Teaching, MIT
2018Gigliola StaffilaniEarll M. Murman Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Advising
2017Giulia SaccàAnna Maria Molteni Award in Mathematics and Physics
2017Hilary FinucaneEarly Independence Award, NIH
2017Gigliola Staffilani, Jennifer French, and Karene ChuMITx Prize for Teaching and Learning in MOOCs
2017Gigliola StaffilaniGuggenheim Fellowship
2017Gweneth McKinleyHonoree, biennial celebration of Graduate Women of Excellence
2017Gigliola StaffilaniSimons Fellowship in Mathematics
2017Dana MendelsonAWM Mathematics Dissertation Prize
2016Bonnie BergerAmerican Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE) Fellowship
2016Emmy MurphyAWM-Joan & Joseph Birman Research Prize in Topology and Geometry
2016Bonnie BergerSimons Professorship
2015Sheela Devadas (winner)Alice T. Schafer Mathematics Prize, AWM
2014Jessie Zhang (honorable mention)Alice T. Schafer Mathematics Prize, AWM
2014Gigliola StaffilaniAmerican Academy of Arts and Sciences Fellowship
2013Yangzhou Hu (honorable mention)Alice T. Schafer Mathematics Prize, AWM
2013Ailsa KeatingCharles and Holly Housman Award for Excellence in Teaching, MIT
2013Fan WeiFrank and Brennie Morgan Prize, AMS/MAA/SIAM
2012Fan Wei (winner)Alice T. Schafer Mathematics Prize, AWM
2012Bonnie BergerAmerican Academy of Arts and Sciences Fellowship
2012Fan WeiJon A. Bucsela Prize, MIT
2012Alice GuionnetSimons Foundation, Investigator
2011Yinghui Wang and Fan Wei (honorable mentions)Alice T. Schafer Mathematics Prize, AWM
2011Melissa GymrekAMITA Senior Academic Award, MIT
2011Linan ChenCharles and Holly Housman Award for Excellence in Teaching, MIT
2011Maria MonksFrank and Brennie Morgan Prize, AMS/MAA/SIAM
2010Charmaine Sia (co-winner)Alice T. Schafer Mathematics Prize, AWM
2010Charmaine SiaAMITA Senior Academic Award, MIT
2010Yinghui WangElizabeth Lowell Putnam Prize, MAA
2010Maria Monks (honorable mention)Frank and Brennie Morgan Prize, AMS/MAA/SIAM
2010Anette HosoiMargaret MacVicar Faculty Fellow, MIT
2010Alice GuionnetThe Silver Medal of CNRS
2010Katrin WehrheimPresidential Early Career Award for Scientist and Engineers (PECASE)
2009Maria Monks (winner) and Doris Dobi (honorable mention)Alice T. Schafer Mathematics Prize, AWM
2009Maria MonksBarry M. Goldwater Scholarship
2009Angelica OsornoCharles and Holly Housman Award for Excellence in Teaching, MIT
2009Katrin WehrheimFaculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award, NSF
2009Gigliola StaffilaniRadcliffe Institute Fellowship, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard
2009Alice GuionnetThe Loeve Prize
2008Galyna Dobrovolska (co-winner)Alice T. Schafer Mathematics Prize, AWM
2008Ting XueCharles W. and Jennifer C. Johnson Prize, MIT
2008Marketa HavlíckováClay Mathematics Institute Liftoff Fellowship
2008Galyna DobrovolskaJon A. Bucsela Prize, MIT
2007Katrin WehrheimAlfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship
2007Yaim Cooper (runner-up)Alice T. Schafer Mathematics Prize, AWM
2007Yaim CooperAMITA Senior Academic Award, MIT
2007Teena GerhardtCharles and Holly Housman Award for Excellence in Teaching, MIT
2007Silvia MontaraniCharles W. and Jennifer C. Johnson Prize, MIT
2006Alice Chan, Christina GoddardCharles and Holly Housman Award for Excellence in Teaching, MIT
2006Fu LiuCharles W. and Jennifer C. Johnson Prize, MIT
2006Fu LiuClay Mathematics Institute Liftoff Fellowship
2005Karola MeszarosAMITA Senior Academic Award, MIT
2005Bianca SantoroCharles and Holly Housman Award for Excellence in Teaching, MIT
2005Karola MeszarosJon A. Bucsela Prize, MIT
2004Karola Mészáros (runner-up)Alice T. Schafer Mathematics Prize, AWM
2004 Bonnie BergerAssociation for Computer Machinery, Fellow
2004Lauren WillaimsCharles W. and Jennifer C. Johnson Prize, MIT
2000Gigliola StaffilaniAlfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship
1999Bonnie BergerTop 100 Innovators under 35, Technology Review
1997Bonnie BergerMargaret Oakley Dayhoff Award, Biophysical Society
1995Ruth Britto-Pacumio (winner)Alice T. Schafer Mathematics Prize, AWM
1995Ruth Britto-PacumioElizabeth Lowell Putnam Prize, MAA
1995Bonnie BergerFaculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award, NSF

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