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Q&A: Professor Gigliola Staffilani on women in mathematics

More than a decade after creating the Celebration of Women in Mathematics at MIT, Staffilani talks about the present and future of women in the field. Laura Carter | School of Science April 3, 2019 In 2008, Gigliola Staffilani, the Abby Rockefeller Mauzé Professor in the Department of Mathematics, and former MIT assistant professor Katrin […]

National Mathematics Survey

Amanda Glazer “You’re a girl, you overthink the problem too much.” Introduction             For several decades now, the gender gap in mathematics degree attainment has remained static while the gender gap in college degree conferment has disappeared. According to the National Center for Education Statistics (U.S. Department of Education), women earned 57%, 60% and 52% […]

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 young women. By senior year, the number drops […]

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 […]

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 […]

Notices of the AMS – Women’s History Month

Please check out the March edition of Notices of the AMS, which features many women mathematicians with a current or past MIT affiliation, including Math Professor Gigliola Staffilani, Lauren Williams, Christine Taylor, Karen E. Smith, Eva Tardos, Chelsea Walton, and Tara S. Holm.

Giulia Saccà Receives Molteni Award

Assistant Professor Giulia Saccà received the Anna Maria Molteni Award in Mathematics and Physics for her research on hyper-Kähler geometries. She was among five young Italian researchers working in North America who received 2017 ISSNAF Awards on November 8 at the Italian Embassy in Washington, D.C. In 2016 Saccà constructed a hyper-Kähler compactification of the intermediate Jacobian […]

Hilary Finucane Receives NIH Award

Broad Institute Fellow Hilary Finucane PhD ’17 received the Early Independence Award from the National Institutes of Health. The award recognizes “exceptional junior scientists” with an opportunity to skip traditional postdoctoral training and move immediately into independent research positions. Her award was one of 86 grants given to scientists as part of the NIH Common Fund’s High-Risk, High-Reward Research (HRHR) program. […]

2017 Math Prize for Girls Awarded

Congratulations to the winners of the 9th annual Math Prize for Girls contest, which MIT hosted on Saturday, September 24, 2017. Gigliola Staffilani and School of Science Dean Michael Sipser are among the board of advisors for this event, which is held by Advantage Testing Foundation. The event welcomed 266 girls from across the US and Canada who competed for $55,000 in cash […]

IAS 2017 Program for Women in Mathematics

The IAS is hosting a program for Women in Mathematics, Geometry and Randomness in Group Theory, from May 15-26, 2017. Application Now Open: https://www.math.ias.edu/wam/2017/application Additionally, participants are invited to apply for several summer internship positions: https://www.math.ias.edu/wam/2017/internships