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Marisa Gaetz helps launch Brave Behind Bars program

Math PhD student Marisa Gaetz is one of the co-founders of Brave Behind Bars, a pilot program based out of The Educational Justice Institute at MIT (TEJI). The program provides an introductory computer science and career-readiness program for incarcerated women. “[The students] seemed much more inspired to learn when it’s something that’s dear to your heart, rather […]

Carina Hong and Alexandra Hoey Receive 2022 Alice T. Schafer Honors

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 […]

Marisa Gaetz ’20 receives Lusztig Mentor award

Mathematics graduate student Marisa Gaetz ’20 received  the 2022 George Lusztig Mentorship for exceptional mentor service. Marisa is a PRIMES Circle coordinator and DPR mentor. Her studies center around representation theory and Lie theory. As an undergraduate at MIT, where she graduated in 2020, Marisa was a PRIMES Circle mentor for three years. As a grad student, she was a DRP mentor […]

The MIT Women’s Forum

The MIT Women’s Forum was born 50 years ago this month, during the second annual Independent Activities Period. In January 1972, Professor Emily Wick joined Professor Mildred Dresselhaus (pictured, teaching a class around the same period) in planning an IAP seminar to discuss the status of women at MIT at the time. About 100 women […]

Gigliola Staffilani’s Simons Foundation Lecture

Simons Foundation Lectures@SF_Lectures video of Gigliola Staffilani’s “The Study of Wave Interactions: Where Beautiful Mathematical Ideas Come Together” Simons Foundation Lecture is available here.

Lisa Sauermann Awarded European Prize in Combinatorics

Lisa Sauermann, who recently joined our department as assistant professor, has been selected as one of the recipients of the 2021 European Prize in Combinatorics, which was awarded at Eurocomb in September. The prize is for research in combinatorics and is awarded every two years. She was cited for her “profound contribution to combinatorics, particularly for […]

Yilin Wang and Hong Wang PhD ’19 Awarded 2022 New Frontiers Prize

CLE Moore Instructor Yilin Wang and Hong Wang PhD ’19, a UCLA assistant professor of mathematics, are recipients of the Maryam Mirzakhani New Frontiers Prize, awarded to outstanding early-career women in mathematics by the Breakthrough Prize Foundation. Yilin is cited “for innovative and far-reaching work on the Loewner energy of planar curves” according to the award citation, and Hong “for […]

Awards for Carina Hong and Alexandra Hoey

Carina Letong Hong from Guangzhou, China, is a winner of the Rhodes Scholarship (China Constituency). As a Rhodes Scholar, she will pursue graduate studies in mathematics at Oxford University. At MIT, Hong is a junior double-majoring in mathematics and physics. She hopes to become an academic and devote her life to solving conjectures and building […]

Marathon mathematicians

Aspiring human rights lawyer, wielding tools from mathematics and philosophy

Senior Ana Reyes Sanchez sees many intersections between her two majors, which span the sciences and humanities. “I enjoy the branch of philosophy that looks at decisions and rationality. And that tends to involve a lot of math!” she says. Read more in the MIT News.