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Scholarships at MIT: Carolina Ortega ’21 Savors Every Opportunity

At 13, Carolina Ortega ’21 was one of only three girls participating in her native Colombia’s Mathematics Olympiad. She admired the other two, both high school seniors heading to the International Mathematical Olympiad, and when she heard the following year that both were studying in Massachusetts, “that’s when I discovered there was a place called […]

Marisa Gaetz and Maya Sankar Named 2020 Hertz Fellows

Seniors Marisa Gaetz and Maya Sankar were among 16 to receive the Hertz Fellowship. The Hertz Fellowship is awarded annually to graduate students in science and technology who demonstrate the greatest potential to tackle the most urgent problems facing society. Congratulations Marisa and Maya!

Marisa Gaetz Earns Stewart Award and Schafer Prize

Marisa Gaetz ‘20 received the William L. Stewart, Jr. Award, given in recognition of outstanding contributions by an individual student or student organization to extracurricular activities and events. See Complete list of 2020 Awards Convocation honorees. Marisa also won Honorable Mention for the 2020 Alice T. Schafer Prize for Undergraduate Women in Mathematics, by the Association for Women […]

Ju-Lee Kim Receives MIT’s Earll M. Murman Award

Ju-Lee Kim is this year’s recipient of the Earll M. Murman Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Advising, “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.” Ju-Lee is also recognized for expanding her services as Major […]

Gigliola Staffilani Honored with Commitment to Caring Award

Gigliola Staffilani was honored with the Committed to Caring (C2C) award by the Office of Graduate Education. The C2C program recognizes outstanding mentors and promotes thoughtful, engaged mentorship throughout the Institute. “Her students spoke glowingly of her caring action and the positive impact she has made on graduate student lives,” says Department Head Michel Goemans. Gigliola […]

Bonnie Berger elected to the National Academy of Sciences for 2020

On April 27, the National Academy of Sciences elected 120 new members and 26 international associates, including Bonnie Berger, recognizing their “distinguished and continuing achievements in original research.” Bonnie Berger is the Simons Professor of Mathematics and holds a joint appointment in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. She is the head of […]

Probing reality through physics, philosophy, and writing

A day in the life of Michelle Xu, a senior majoring in physics and mathematics, with an added focus on philosophy, might include attending a quantum gravity seminar over Zoom, followed by some reading on the philosophy of time, capped off by a couple hours of writing fiction. Read more at the MIT News.

Bonnie Berger Is Elected Member of National Academy of Sciences

Bonnie Berger has been elected to the National Academy of Sciences. Members are elected in recognition of their distinguished and continuing achievements in original research. Membership is one of the highest honors that a scientist can achieve. Congratulations Bonnie!

Lisa Piccirillo Solves Decades-Old Conway Knot Problem

As a graduate student at UT Austin, Lisa Piccirillo quickly came up with a solution to the Conway knot problem — which helped her land her tenure-track position at MIT. She joins our department as assistant professor this July. Read more in Quanta. Piccirillo’s proof appeared in Annals of Mathematics in February.

MIT junior Rona Wang lands six-figure book deal with Simon & Schuster

As a high school student in Oregon, Rona Wang was invited to math competitions at MIT. She was so talented that after graduation, she ended up attending the renowned university to study math and computer science. And all the while, she cultivated another passion as well: writing. Turns out, she’s pretty good at that, too. […]