WELCOME TO WOMEN IN MATHEMATICS @ MIT

From pure math to applied mathematics, more women than ever are interested in solving real-world and theoretical problems in pursuit of a better world. We are students, postdocs, instructors, professors, math teachers, and researchers, working in education, industry, tech, finance, and government. This website celebrates MIT mathematicians who identify as female in our department and the larger STEM community. We’re interested in advocating for an inclusive atmosphere and promoting gender equity within a largely male-dominated field. Our goal for this website is to provide a welcoming space to share our projects and achievements, upcoming events, career resources, and networking opportunities among your peers, fellow professionals, and educators. We wish to encourage women and girls to study math for the sheer joy of it, to promote their personal and professional development, and to consider careers in the mathematical sciences.

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Latest News

  • The Gender Gap in Math and Math Prize for Girls

    There is a huge gender gap in high school mathematics, according to a recent paper by Professor Glenn Ellison, “Dynamics of the Gender Gap in High Math Achievement.” Of the top 5,000 9th graders participating in the American Mathematics Competitions (AMC) from 1999 to 2007, just 30 percent were girls. By senior year, the number drops to 22 percent. High-achieving female math students were so discouraged they either dropped out of math contests, or saw their scores droop by their senior year. In an attempt to address this trend, Ravi Boppana ’86, a research affiliate with the Department of Mathematics, helped launch the Advantage Testing Foundation Math …

  • Gigliola Staffilani Receives MIT’s Earll M. Murman Award

    Gigliola Staffilani is this year’s recipient of the Earll M. Murman Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Advising. The award is "presented to a faculty member who has served as an excellent advisor and mentor for undergraduates and who has had a significant impact on their personal lives and academic success." The award was presented at the 2018 Awards ConvocationThursday, May 10 in the Samberg Center.

  • 2018 Women in Math Conference

    Members of the MIT math community were among those attending a Women in Math conference at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst March 2-4, 2018. Gigliola organized this event with her colleague Andrea Nahmod from UMass, as part of a Focused Research Group Grant from the NSF. For the grant, Gigliola worked with Andrea Nahmod along with colleagues from the University of Chicago and Princeton University.