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:

Feb 24: 11:00am Workers Day of Action Rally Foley Square

Join me as I fight for Labor Rights including fair wages,and protections as we protest the Janus case coming up before the Supreme Court.  This case and its desire to abolish Union Dues, will  effect health and the environment because most of our municipal workers at parks, sanitation, nurses etc. are unionized. Katayoun will be located at the Southwest tip of Foley Square at 10:45am for the 11:00am rally. Bring Signs!

For more on this symbolic and important protest  and how this relates to social justice read this article in the Daily News. 

Feb 22: 9am- 12pm Children’s Environmental Health: Understanding the Exposome

NYAM Thursday Feb 22 Children’ Environmental Health:
Registration required

Children today live in an environment that is vastly different from that of previous generations. There are 100,000 chemicals registered with the EPA for industrial use and tens of thousands of chemicals in food. Metabolic products of all these chemicals increase this number by two-fold or more. Moreover, it is now recognized that air pollution is one of the largest environmental cause of disease globally.

In order to fully understand the role that environment plays in the development of disease, it is critical to consider the simultaneous exposure to multiple environmental exposures, and changing vulnerability over time. This has led to the development of the emerging field of exposomics, the study of the totality of exposures to chemicals, diet, and social stressors throughout the life course from pre-conception to death.

This symposium will interest parents, community members and medical providers. It will address novel methods to measure the exposome and its impact on human health during various life stages. Speakers will provide insight into the concepts of critical windows of development and how the environment of our early life influences long-term health.

Event Program

Check-in and Light Breakfast: 9:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.

Welcome & Introduction to The Exposome:The Final Piece of The Puzzle: 9:30 a.m. – 9:55 a.m.
Robert O. Wright, MD, MPH 

Exploring the Exposome with Metabolomics: 9:55 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.
Megan Niedwiecki, PhD

Measuring Environmental Exposures From 700 Kilometers Up: 10:15 a.m. – 10:35 a.m.
Allan Just, PhD

Break: 10:35 a.m. – 10:55 a.m.

Why Social Determinants are Critical in the Exposome Framework: 10:55 a.m. – 11:15 a.m
Rosalind J. Wright, MD, MPH

Early Life Environment and Health: 11:15 a.m. – 11:35 a.m.
Manish Arora, BDS, MPH, PhD, FICD

Q&A: 11:35 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

 Thursday, February 22 at 9:00am to 12:00pm

 New York Academy of Medicine 1216 5th Avenue New York, NY 10029

NEW: Feb 21 Mar 1, Mar 6 info Sessions for TNS Research Awards for Students

The university awards small grants for developing or implementing a research project (broadly defined to include the full scope of scholarly, creative, and professional practices covered across the colleges of The New School) that has project-related expenses—for example, for travel, equipment and supplies, access fees for data, memberships, or dissemination. Proposals are also welcome for other kinds of expenses relevant to student research (broadly defined), including but not limited to support for travel to research sites, travel and registration costs for presenting completed work at an academic or professional conference, or costs for showcasing artwork or performances. Applicants may apply for a maximum of $3000 for individual grants or a maximum of $5000 for collaborative grants that involve more than one student, but applications for smaller levels of funding are also encouraged. The application form provides more details about eligible and ineligible expense categories.

All students are welcome at pre-application workshops, which will include strategies for developing a successful proposal and budgeting tips. In Spring 2018, workshops are scheduled for:

  • February 21 at 12pm, Hirshon Suite, 55 W. 13th St., 2nd floor
  • March 1 at 4pm, University Center (63 Fifth Ave.), Room 201
  • March 6 at 6pm, University Center (63 Fifth Ave.), Lower level 104


Thursday Feb 22 (6:30) IS Meet Out/ Liquid Assets: New York’s Watersheds & Waterways @ MCNY

Thursday, February 22, 6:30pm – 8:30pm
Museum of the City of New York (5th Ave & 103rd St, New York, NY 10029)
RSVP here (only if you are positive you can attend)

Liquid Assets: New York’s Watersheds & Waterways Event at The Museum of the City of New York

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Excerpt from the MCNY website:
“Next up in our New York’s Future in a Changing Climate series, we consider water — our city’s most essential yet vulnerable natural asset. What can New York City do to protect its drinking water supply and its recreational waters in the coming decades? How is that supply affected by climate change, and what must we do to adapt? Join us for a deep dive into NYC’s complex water systems, which powerfully illustrate our city’s dependency on – and symbiotic relationship to – its larger regional environment and economy. Veteran New York Times reporter Jim Dwyer moderates a conversation with environmental artist Stacy Levy; Al Appleton, former Commissioner of the New York City Department of Environmental Protection; Paul Gallay, President of Riverkeeper; and Eddie Bautista, Executive Director of the New York City Environmental Justice Alliance.”

The Natural Science and Mathematics department will pay the admission fee ($10/student) for the first TEN (10) students who sign up here.  Sign up deadline is FEBRUARY 20.  Please only sign up if you are sure you will be able to attend