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“Mother of Landsat” Virginia T. Norwood SB’47 Receives Award

Virginia T. Norwood, the engineer responsible for the first #Landsat multispectral scanner, has been honored with the 2021 @ASPRSorg Lifetime Achievement Award. Read more at NASA.

Fiona Chen Named Paul and Daisy Soros Fellows

Math major Fiona Chen ’21 is among this year’s recipients of the 2021 Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans, in support of graduate study. Fiona will use her fellowship to pursue a PhD in economics at Harvard. Read more at the MIT News. Congratulations Fiona!

Lisa Piccirillo and Postdoc Maggie Miller Named 2021 Clay Research Fellows

Lisa Piccirillo and postdoc Maggie Miller have been awarded 2021 Clay Research Fellowships. Lisa, who recently joined our department as an assistant professor, was recognized for her work in low-dimensional topology, and in particular her surprising resolution of the 50-year-old Conway Knot problem. Maggie, an NSF postdoctoral fellow at MIT, has also made important contributions […]

PRIMES and RSI Students Win Big at Regeneron

A record number of PRIMES students — 17! — were awarded in the 2021 Regeneron Science Talent Search Competition. Yunseo Choi, who is also an RSI alum, took first place ($250,000), and Gopal Goel earned 4th place ($100,000). Three PRIMES alums, along with another RSI student, were finalists, and 12 PRIMES students received national scholar awards. Congratulations to our PRIMES […]

Perspectives on Women in STEM from a “Recovering Mathematician”

On April 30, 2020 MIT Math alum Gioia De Cari will speak as part of the Association for Women in Mathematics (AWM) We Speak Series. This series, in honor of the 50th anniversary of the AWM, features women who have made a difference in the landscape of the mathematical sciences. Description: As a young graduate […]

Professor Staffilani Is “Committed to Caring.”

Professor Gigliola Staffilani is profiled by the MIT News for her “Committed to Caring” award, given for her dedicated advocacy and for connecting students with wider intellectual communities. Read more at the MIT News.

Mathcamp is looking for graduate students

Canada/USA Mathcamp is looking for graduate students as teachers and leaders for its 2021 session. We are especially interested in inviting applications from women and gender minorities! Our student body is very diverse in gender (about half the students are young. women, with several trans* and non-binary students each year), and it is important to […]

Brilliance: An Equal Opportunity Trait

Brilliance and genius are traits often associated with mathematics, computer science, physics, and engineering. Too often, however, these traits are attributed to men, despite the body of research that states gender is not a factor in brilliance or genius, nor does it determine one’s success. “One thing that turns people off from math is the […]

Exploring pandemic response through a coded simulation

When MIT seniors Therese Mills (mathematics) and Tuyet Pham (electrical engineering and computer science) started working together in late spring 2020, they were just settling into post-pandemic routines. In March, MIT had sent most students home due to Covid-19, and all nonessential faculty and staff were working remotely. Suddenly, the terrain of higher ed looked […]

Meet MIT student Rona Wang — writer, mathematician and computer scientist

In Los Angeles Times High School Insider’s first women in STEM podcast, Stories from a STEMinist, MIT undergraduate Rona Wang shares about her high school and college experiences as a writer, mathematician, and computer scientist.  Read more in the Los Angeles Times.