AWM Fellows

The AWM Fellows Program


I am very pleased to announce the 2019 class of AWM Fellows.  This class was selected from a stellar group of people who have shown extraordinary dedication to creating a more inclusive mathematics community. I am grateful for all they do to increase the success and visibility of women in mathematics.  Please join me in honoring the 2019 AWM Fellows at the AWM Reception and Awards Presentation as part of the JMM in Baltimore on Wednesday evening, January 16, 2019.

- Ami Radunskaya, AWM President

2019 Class of AWM Fellows

Hélène Barcelo, Mathematical Sciences Research Institute

For her extraordinary service to the community of women in mathematics, starting with the Berkeley undergraduate research program for women and continuing in her capacity as deputy director of MSRI, working for women at all stages of their careers.

Lida Kittrell Barrett

For her profound and long-lasting effect in diversifying the committees and leadership of the MAA, during and beyond her term as its second woman president; for her value to the mathematics community as a pioneer and defender of women and underrepresented groups.

Sun-Yung Alice Chang, Princeton University

For shattering the glass ceiling and inspiring women mathematicians to follow her lead; for her leadership of the Princeton mathematics department and her extraordinary record of groundbreaking research in geometric analysis that has had worldwide impact.

Amy Cohen, Rutgers University

For her remarkable achievements as a teacher, scholar, and administrator; for her service to the profession, as AWM treasurer and beyond; and for her important contributions to mathematics education through her talks, writing, and work with K–12 teachers.

Ingrid Daubechies, Duke University

For her promotion of women in mathematics through her own outstanding mathematical achievements and special efforts on behalf of women, mathematics education, and budding mathematicians in developing countries.  She is a mathematician of world class whose work is a masterly example of how pure mathematics can profoundly impact real-world applications.

Chandler Davis, University of Toronto

For inspiring and supporting the activism of so many mathematicians of diverse background and beliefs, leading the way for the Association for Women in Mathematics since its beginning and throughout its history.  For equal rights and encouragement in the pursuit of mathematics, he has been a lodestar.

Jacqueline Dewar, Loyola Marymount University

For her work to encourage females to study and be successful in mathematics; for her commitment to educating pre-service teachers, with particular attention to gender equity; for her outreach to liberal arts students to change attitudes about mathematics and women in mathematics; and for her exemplary teaching and mentoring.

Edray Herber Goins, Pomona College

For outstanding leadership in the mathematics community; for his efforts and success in making the community more fair and diverse; for inspiring and mentoring many individuals; and for his significant research in number theory.

Judy Green, Marymount University

For her role as a founding member of the Association for Women in Mathematics; for her long-standing service; and for her groundbreaking scholarly contributions in documenting the lives and work of the U.S. women who earned Ph.D.s in mathematics before 1940.

Pao-sheng Hsu, Independent

For her sustained efforts and achievements as a researcher and leader in mathematics education, especially for AWM; for her building of bridges connecting the communities of mathematicians, mathematics educators, and K–12 teachers; and for her work as a teacher and scholar of mathematics.

Ellen E. Kirkman, Wake Forest University

For her lifelong support of women in mathematics in research in noncommutative algebra and representation theory as well as in teaching; for her successful leadership and advocacy for women in so many professional organizations; and for her mentoring of women at all levels of the profession.

Maria M. Klawe, Harvey Mudd College

For exceptional impact on the advancement of girls and women in the mathematical sciences and in science and engineering more broadly, through her leadership in academia, industry, professional societies, and institutes, her fostering of innovative programs, and her influential research in computer science.

Anne M. Leggett, Loyola University Chicago

For extraordinary contributions in promoting opportunities for women in the mathematical sciences through AWM and as a teacher and scholar; for her amazing and steady work as editor of the AWM Newsletter since 1977; and for her invaluable leadership and guidance.

Magnhild Lien, California State University, Northridge

For extraordinary leadership and service devoted to advancing and supporting women in the mathematical sciences, as AWM executive director and, for a quarter century, as initiator, director, and fundraiser of programs for women.

Maeve Lewis McCarthy, Murray State University

For her commitment to mentoring students and colleagues; for her inspired service as executive director of AWM; and for her stewardship of the ADVANCE project at Murray State University.

Dusa McDuff, Barnard College, Columbia University

For her deep and vast contributions to research in symplectic geometry, leading by example as one of the most accomplished mathematicians of her generation; for her enthusiastic and sustained support of the IAS Women and Mathematics program; and her cultivation and support of junior mathematicians, including her nine women Ph.D. students.

Irina Mitrea, Temple University

For her vast and impactful contributions toward encouraging and promoting women and girls in mathematics; for directly influencing school-aged girls, undergraduate and graduate students, and her junior women colleagues as an accomplished researcher and role model.

Alice Silverberg, University of California, Irvine

For her outstanding research in number theory and deep commitment to the promotion of fairness and equal opportunity evidenced by her service and outreach efforts. She has given over 300 invited lectures worldwide, and exposed sexism and discrimination in her blog Alice's Adventures in Numberland.

Audrey Terras, University of California, San Diego

For her great support of young women in mathematics throughout her career; for her superb record of research in number theory and her leadership in the profession; and for her role as the principal advisor for nine women Ph.D.s.

Marie A. Vitulli, University of Oregon

For her exceptional efforts to promote women in mathematics through her active participation in AWM, on Facebook, in Wikipedia, and in writing AMS Notices articles; for her contributions to commutative algebra and algebraic geometry.

Judy Leavitt Walker, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

For her leadership in promoting girls and women in mathematics and STEM fields, for her mentoring activities; for her service to the profession manifested through conference organization (such as the Nebraska Conference for Undergraduate Women in Mathematics); for mathematical exposition; and for excellence in teaching and research.

Lesley Ward, University of South Australia

For her enduring commitment to supporting women in the mathematical sciences; for her mentoring in research; for her work on inclusivity; and for her leadership of the Women in Mathematics Special Interest Group in Australia.

Ulrica Wilson, Morehouse College

For her many years of supporting the professional development of women in their pursuit of graduate degrees in mathematics, most visibly through mentoring, teaching and program administration within the EDGE Program, and as associate director of diversity and outreach at ICERM.




Initiation of the Fellows Program

The Executive Committee of the Association for Women in Mathematics (AWM) established the AWM Fellows Program to recognize individuals who have demonstrated a sustained commitment to the support and advancement of women in the mathematical sciences, consistent with the AWM mission: “to encourage women and girls to study and to have active careers in the mathematical sciences, and to promote equal opportunity and the equal treatment of women and girls in the mathematical sciences.”

The inaugural class of the AWM Fellows Program was honored on January 10, 2018, at the AWM Reception and Award Ceremony at the Joint Mathematical Meetings (JMM) in San Diego. To initiate the Program, the inaugural class of Fellows of the AWM (FAWM) has been designated by the AWM Executive Committee drawing from a group of mathematicians who have shown an unwavering commitment to promoting and supporting women in mathematics. While this list of Fellows includes only a small number of deserving individuals, we hope that the mathematical community will nominate worthy candidates in the coming years, so that we can recognize the amazing contributions of so many people on behalf of the advancement of women and girls in the field of mathematics.


Nomination Information

A nomination process is used to select the Fellows of the AWM (FAWM). A new class of Fellows will be announced each January at the JMM. When reviewing nominations for the Fellows Program, the selection committee will be flexible in evaluating excellence in any work showing compelling evidence of a sustained and lasting commitment to women in the mathematical sciences.

Please view the nomination process. The next nomination process will be April 1 - May 15, 2019. 



See the full list of AWM Fellows


Questions? Call Steven Ferrucci at 401-455-4042 or email awm@awm-math.org.