Association for Women in Mathematics (AWM) Essay Contest

Here is yet another wonderful opportunity from AWM:

To increase awareness of women’s ongoing contributions to the mathematical sciences, the Association for Women in Mathematics (AWM) and Math for America are co-sponsoring an essay contest for biographies of contemporary women mathematicians and statisticians in academic, industrial, and government careers. AWMessayContest

The essays will be based primarily on an interview with a woman currently working in a mathematical sciences career. This contest is open to students in the following categories: Grades 6-8, Grades 9-12, and College Undergraduate. At least one winning submission will be chosen from each category. Winners will receive a (monetary) prize, and their essays will be published online at the AWM web site. Additionally, a grand prize winner will have his or her submission published in the AWM Newsletter. The Deadline for the AWM Essay Contest is January 31 each year.   Follow this link to access the contest details and application:

https://sites.google.com/site/awmmath/programs/essay-contest

Furthermore, I would like to recommend the subject of your interview, – Dr. Linda Keen (assuming that she agrees).  I first heard of Linda Keen when I began investigating advanced mathematical fields during my senior year at Hunter College, in preparation for graduate study.  I read quite a few of her publications, and even though I did not yet have sufficient expertise to fully appreciate the depth of her contributions, I found the articles very captivating and interesting.  The main ideas were communicated in a very engaging clear manner making them very accessible for a novice.  During my graduate work I was lucky enough to end up in her Complex Analysis class, and the “real” Linda Keen did not disappoint. She graciously agreed to be my PhD adviser, and, thanks to her, and the network of mathematicians she was affiliated with, I had a very fruitful and rewarding graduate experience.  I strongly suspect that if one of you decide to enter the contest, you will find Dr. Keen to be an inspirational woman with a impressive list of achievements that contributed to the discipline as well as the empowerment of women within it.  Below are links to some of her abbreviated online bios, as well as her own CUNY Graduate Center profile:

http://www-gap.dcs.st-and.ac.uk/~history/Biographies/Keen.html

https://www.agnesscott.edu/lriddle/women/keen.htm

http://www.genealogy.ams.org/id.php?id=33494

http://www.gc.cuny.edu/Page-Elements/Academics-Research-Centers-Initiatives/Doctoral-Programs/Mathematics/Faculty-Bios/Linda-Keen

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