What is GROW?

Graduate Research Opportunities for Women (GROW) is a conference for women-identified students interested in graduate school in the mathematical sciences.

When and where is GROW 2016?

GROW 2016 Conference: October 14-16, 2016 – Northwestern University, Evanston Campus

Participants arrive Friday evening and depart Sunday afternoon. Formal activities begin Saturday morning. See the Schedule of Events for more details.

What does GROW 2016 cost? 

We will reimburse travel expenses and accommodation for all participants; meals will be provided.

Activities include:

  • Research Lectures by Nancy Rodriguez-Bunn, Antonio Auffinger, and Teena Gerhardt
  • Banquet Dinner with a Keynote Speaker Dusa McDuff,Barnard College, Columbia University.
  • Panel Discussions on mathematical sciences:  Getting into Graduate School; Careers in Academia; Research in Mathematics
  • Networking Opportunities
  • Help with preparing applications for graduate school, REU’s, and Semester Long Programs
  • Opportunities for mentoring by graduate students and faculty
  • Meet previous GROW participants and hear about their experiences
  • See Schedule of Events for a full list of discussions and panelists

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:

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:

MoMath Events: December

MoMath at a Glance
Now accepting
Open Set — MoMath’s Song Contest
Wed, November 29 Volumes, the MoMath book club: Weapons of Math Destruction with special guest, author Cathy O’Neil!
Thurs, November 30 Roundtable, the MoMath Math Teachers’ Circle: “Adventures in Long Division”
Fri, December 1 Family Fridays at MoMath presented by Two Sigma: “Folding Fractals” with Josh Zucker
Sat, December 2 2017 Dimensions puzzle hunt at MoMath
Sat, December 2 Math After Dark: Happy 5th Birthday, MoMath!
Sun, December 3 Tween Primes, the MoMath book club for tweens and teens: The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
Sun, December 3 Unlimited, MoMath’s mix-n-mingle program for 6th through 9th graders
Wed, December 6 Math Encounters: “Winding Worlds: An Exploration of Curves on Surfaces” with Moira Chas
Sun, December 10 Holiday Origami
Wed, December 13 Free Play: a FREE afternoon at MoMath with extended Museum hours from 2 pm to 6 pm
Sun, December 17 Stunning new VR experience: Don’t miss your chance to explore hyperbolic space — one day only!
Tue, December 19 Beyond the Flat World: An exploration of non-Euclidean virtual reality
Thurs, December 21 Solstice Spirals
Wed, January 3 Math Encounters: “Mind-Bending Paradoxes & the Possibility of Changing Your Mind” with David Kung
Sat, January 6 Equilibrium, an adult evening of mathematical games
Sun, January 7 Unlimited, MoMath’s mix-n-mingle program for 6th through 9th graders
Thurs, January 18 Roundtable, the MoMath Math Teachers’ Circle: “Musical Mathematics”
Fri, January 19 Family Fridays at MoMath presented by Two Sigma: “The Math of Winning” with Paul Gallagher
Mon, January 29 Exploding Dots, the Global Phenomenon: a day of professional development at MoMath
Weekends MoMath’s Derivatives tour program and Explorations sessions, available upon request
Now Open! Hoop Curves: See how the Harlem Globetrotters took their best shots with MoMath’s newest exhibit!

Nov 29: 6:30pm Making Health Work: A New Prescription for Community Vitality

Many American workers are unwell. They live with serious economic insecurity; succumb to diabetes, depression, and addiction at alarming rates; and struggle to balance the conflicting needs of their employers, their families, and their own well-being. That outlook won’t improve until we think of health as the driver of prosperity — not just the product of it.

In the U.S., we spend extravagantly on treating illness but spend proportionally less than most developed nations on keeping people healthy. But research shows a strong correlation between healthy communities with little economic disparity and healthy economies. People live longer in the nation’s more equal states. What can we do to change the country’s focus from health care as a cost with limited returns, to health as an investment that pays off over the long term — socially and economically? How can we better elevate health as a policy priority?

Join New America NYC for a conversation on the future of health and wellness — and what both governments and the private sector can do to improve its outlook.


Executive Founder, Way to Wellville, and health investor

Dr. Herminia Palacio @HerminiaPalacio
Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services, City of New York

Manmeet Kaur @ManmeetKaurNY
Founder and Executive Director, City Health Works

Melanie Lavelle @Mglavelle
Founder, Benefit Kitchen

Dan Goldberg @DanCGoldberg
Senior Health Reporter, Politico

Making Health Work: A Prescription for Community Vitality
Wednesday, November 29, 2017
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM ET
Work-Bench, 110 Fifth Avenue, 5th Floor, New York, NY 10011

Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Follow the conversation online using #FutureofHealth and by following @NewAmericaNYC.

Dec 1: 2-5pm Skill-building for Social Justice:  El Puente’s Transformative Community Building Framework

Friday, December 1, 2017   2:00-5:00pm
El Puente, 211 South 4th Street, Brooklyn NY
NOTE: We will leave as a group from 65 West 11th Street at 1:15pm.
Food is provided!

You must register to participate:

Lang CESJ enthusiastically invites you to a special training with El Puente, a 35-year-old community human rights institution in Southside Williamsburg that promotes intergenerational leadership for peace and justice through the arts, education, scientific research, wellness, and environmental action.

Participants will explore El Puente’s Transformative Community Building Frameworkand will walk away with clear methodology and ideas for acting on their own vision based on the needs and desires of their organization and/or community. Attendees will learn about this methodology through some of El Puente’s core issues and approaches: intergenerational relationship building, environmental justice and sustainability, creative/cultural organizing, and gentrification in New York City. 

There will also be the opportunity to see El Puente’s methods in action via short visits to community sites, and a special chance to connect and speak with El Puente’s co-founder, Frances Lucerna.

Learn more about El Puente and its history of mobilizing generations of people in Brooklyn: 
VIDEO: ¡El Puente Presente!
VIDEO: Earthkeeping, about El Puente’s campaign to close a radioactive-waste plant in Southside Williamsburg
VIDEO: ART-IVATE in Action, about El Puente’s use of arts/creativity to mobilize change

This workshop is part of our Skill-building for Social Justice series, which partners with social justice organizations and activists across New York City to introduce New School community members to frameworks, methodologies, and practices they can implement in their own lives.

Join us by registering at!
Students, staff, and faculty from The New School are welcome.

Nov 30: Interdisciplinary Science Meet Up

Interdisciplinary Science Meet Up
Health, Environment, & Equity 
Thursday Nov 30, University Center
5:30-6:30pm Faculty Lounge, 7th Fl, 6:30-7:00pm Rm 618
Learn how our curriculum provides a STEM foundation to prepare you for internships, research experiences, fellowships, and careers focused on health & environmental justice. Mohn Family Science and Social Justice Fellow, Marina Delgado, will share her summer experience conducting agro-ecological research in Argentina and Sean Hughes, a Summer Social Science Fellow, will briefly review the process and outcome of a fellowship with Fulcrum Analytics, where he worked on information design and researching a python framework, which culminated in a research paper examining the U.S. Coal industry from an economic perspective. Enjoy food & conversation with  students, alumni, & faculty in the Interdisciplinary Science Program.

This Week: Indigeneity Events: Wed Alaska Activism/Fri and Sat Artists Panels and Exhibitions

Artists of Indigenous heritage have, for many decades in New York City, developed their practices in self-initiated contexts while endeavoring to extend the reach and visibility of their work to broader publics. Even as progressive art discourse celebrated an emergent multicultural outlook in the late 1980s, narratives around Native American art, culture, and experience remained simplified. Inspired by curator and artist Lloyd Oxendine’s American Art Gallery, founded in SoHo in the early 1970s, institutions such as the American Indian Community House (AICH) and American Indian Artists Inc. (AMERINDA) opened urban spaces for Indigenous representation which thrived outside of conventional value systems.
Unholding will be accompanied by a print publication that includes commissioned texts by Candice Hopkins and Christopher Green, alongside a reprint of an essay by Jean Fisher. Judith Barry and Ken Saylor will contribute a graphic and a web-based project that revisits their collaboration with Jean Fisher on the design for the exhibition We the People.
Pena Bonita; Demian DinéYazhi’ with Natalie Diaz, Sonia Guiñansaca and Julian Talamantez Brolaski; G. Peter Jemison; Adam and Zack Khalil with Jackson Polys; Alan Michelson; Native Art Department International (Maria Hupfield, Jason Lujan) and Christopher Green; Laura Ortman; Jolene Rickard; Kay WalkingStick; Kathleen Ash-Milby; Diane Fraher, Athena LaTocha, David Martine and Jaune Quick–to–See Smith; Candice Hopkins; Shanna Ketchum-Heap of Birds and Zoya Kocur

November 19, 2017 – January 21, 2018
Opening Saturday, November 18, 6 – 8 p.m.
Wednesday – Sundaynoon – 6 p.m.
Monday and Tuesday closed

Artists Space acknowledges the rich tapestry of Indigenous activity occurring in New York City. Among concurrent events that involve participants in Unholding, on November 15, Adam and Zack Khalil and Jackson Polys present in Culture Capture: A Screening of The Violence of a Civilization Without Secrets at The James Gallery. On November 18, Alan Michelson and Jackson Polys host the third colloquium in the Vera List Center’s Indigenous New York program at the New School, where Maria Thereza Alves, Seeds of Change: New York–A Botany of Colonization is on view from November 3 – 27Transformer: Native Art in Light and Sound, curated by Kathleen Ash-Milby and David Garneau, is on view at the National Museum of the American Indian from November 10, 2017 – January 6, 2019. Maria Hupfield’s work is included in the exhibitionStudio Views: Craft in the Expanded Field at Museum of Arts and Design from October 24 – December 17. This will be expanded into a public performance staged by Hupfield in DoublePlus, a shared program with Dr. Mique’l Dangle and Mike Dangeli curated by Emily Johnson at Gibney Dance from December 7 – 9.

For more information and a list of programs click here

Learn About Efforts to Protect the Ecological Integrity of Public Lands in Northern Alaska!
Elisabeth Dabney is the Executive Director of the Northern Alaska Environmental Center. Join us at the Tishman Center for a study break with snacks to learn more about her work in Alaska.
Wednesday, November 15 at 1:15 PM
79 5th Avenue, 16th floor
Since 1971 the Northern Alaska Environmental Center (Northern Center) has employed grassroots activism, legislative advocacy, legal intervention, and public education to protect the ecological integrity of public lands in Northern Alaska. The Northern Center advocates for a more responsible and sustainable approach to resource development on subarctic and arctic wildlands and the surrounding seas, and addresses environmental issues that impact Alaskans’ quality of life. They envision a Northern Alaska far into the future that remains a land of superlatives—as inspiring, healthy and supremely beautiful as it is today. Alaska’s globally important wildlands will remain biologically diverse and productive, with abundant fish and wildlife that support vigorous subsistence traditions and an extraordinary, increasingly sustainable quality of life for Alaskans.
**Snacks Provided**
Indigenous New York, Artist Perspectives
Friday, November 17, 2017
7:00-9:00 PM
Westbeth / Ramscale Studio
Admission free.
Indigenous New York, Artist Perspectives kicks off its culminating public program of the series with an exciting event at Ramscale Studio in the historic Westbeth artists’ building, featuring performances by artist Nadia Myre (Algonquin member of the Kitigan Zibi Anishinaabeg First Nation), artist Suzanne Kite (Oglala Lakota), and musician and composer Laura Ortman (White Mountain Apache). Drinks and refreshments will be served.
Saturday, November 18, 2017
4:00-6:00 PM
The New School, University Center
Starr Foundation Hall
65 5th Avenue, U L102 (lower level)
Admission free.
Indigenous New York, Artist Perspectives presents key findings of a day-long colloquium that focuses on artistic practices. This is the third and final of three colloquia that ground the research initiative Indigenous New York, which has been co-founded by the Vera List Center in collaboration with artist Alan Michelson (Mohawk), and co-organized with advisor, artist Jackson Polys (Tlingit). The series facilitates collaborations and exchanges among contemporary curators, artists, critics, and scholars of Native American, First Nations, and Indigenous descent and their non-indigenous colleagues that focus on indigeneity and the legacy of colonialism, and position the local as evidence of concerns shared globally.Building on the success of the first and second colloquia, the third in this series, Indigenous New York, Artist Perspectives, focuses on contemporary indigenous artist perspectives and practices, grounded in innovative projects. These provide the launch pads and models for important dialogue and exchange around the themes of: Identity; Self-Organized Visibility; Place & Memory; and Collaboration. In the afternoon’s public presentation the following artists discuss the intersection of these topics and their individual artistic projects:
 Richard BellTent Embassy
Maria Hupfield and Jason LujanNative Art Department International
Suzanne KiteEverything I Say Is True, and Nadia MyreA Casual Reconstruction
Cristóbal Martínez and Kade TwistPostcommodity
The panel and discussions are followed by a reception.
Following the Vera List Center’s panel and reception, we encourage our audience to attend the opening of Unholding, an exhibition and series of public programs at Artists Space that feature multiple generations of Indigenous artists
Opening Reception
Unholding at Artists Space
Saturday, November 18, 6-8pm
Unholding presents work by Pena Bonita; G. Peter Jemison; Alan Michelson; Jolene Rickard; and Kay WalkingStick, all of whom showed in We the People, curated by Jean Fisher and Jimmie Durham at Artists Space in 1987, as well as contributions from Demian DinéYazhi’ with Natalie Diaz, Sonia Guiñansaca and Julian Talamantez Brolaski; Adam and Zack Khalil with Jackson Polys; Layli Long Soldier with Candice Hopkins and Duane Linklater; Native Art Department International with Christopher Green; Laura Ortman; Kathleen Ash-Milby; Diane Fraher, Athena LaTocha, David Martine and Jaune Quick–to–See Smith; and Zoya Kocur. Unholding will be accompanied by a print publication that includes commissioned texts by Candice Hopkins and Christopher Green, alongside a reprint of an essay by Jean Fisher. Judith Barry and Ken Saylor will contribute a web-based project that revisits their design work for the exhibition We the People.

The first of this series in October 2016, Indigenous New York, Curatorially Speaking examined four key inquiries: Indigenous and Non-indigenous Epistemologies and Methodologies; the Non-colonial Museum; Challenges of Collaborative Curation; and the Growing Indigenization of International art. The second colloquium, Indigenous New York, Critically Speaking, will provided opportunities for meaningful exchange between indigenous and non-indigenous critics and the public and examine how a fuller consideration of indigenous creative production might reconfigure regimes of critical writing. To this end, the discussions considered the following topics: Land Writes; Unsettling Narratives; Seeing Red: Invisibility and Opacity; and Resistance, Resurgence, and Collective Practice.

Indigenous New York is supported, in part, by the Native Arts and Cultures Foundation, the Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation, members of the Vera List Center Advisory Committee, and is part of the Vera List Center’s 2015–17 curatorial programs on Post Democracy.