The Association for Women in Mathematics announced that Letong “Carina” Hong, a math and physics double major, won the 2022 Alice T. Schafer Mathematics Prize for excellence in mathematics by an undergraduate woman. In addition, Mathematics major Alexandra Hoey was awarded honorable mention.
Alexandra participated in the MIT Summer Program in Undergraduate Research and spent two summers at the University of Virginia REU, focusing on arithmetic statistics. Her work has led to two papers – one of which will appear in Transactions of the American Mathematical Society. She has also served as a Menezes Challenge PRIMES Circle mentor.
Carina participated in REUs at the University of Minnesota-Duluth and the University of Virginia that led to a number of papers, including three accepted for publication. She also participated in the Budapest Semesters in Mathematics and the IAS Women and Mathematics program. Carina was recently selected for a Rhodes Scholarship. Carina also serves as President of MIT’s Undergraduate Mathematics Association (UMA).
The Schafer Prize Winners will be presented at the upcoming Joint Mathematics Meetings.
Congratulations Carina and Alexandra!