EDUCATION


Here we've compiled a list of resources for students and educators in the mathematical sciences. Please send suggestions for additional links to awm-webmaster@awm-math.org. Also be sure to check out the information on the AWM Education Committee

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Grants and Fellowships for Students

  • Fields Institute Research Immersion Fellowship. This program supports individuals with high potential to re-enter an active research career after an interruption for family responsibilities. To qualify, candidates must have been in a postdoctoral or faculty position at the time their active research career was interrupted. The duration of the career interruption should be at least one year and no more than eight years. Examples of qualifying interruptions include a complete or partial hiatus from research activities for child rearing; an incapacitating illness or injury of the candidate, spouse, partner, or a member of the immediate family; or relocation to accommodate a spouse, partner, or other close family member.
  • Casualty Actuarial Society Offers 2009 CAS Trust Scholarship*. The Casualty Actuarial Society is accepting applications for its scholarship program for college students pursuing a career in actuarial science. The CAS Trust Scholarship program, funded by donations to the CAS Trust, will award up to three $2,000 scholarships to deserving students for the 2009-2010 academic year. Additional details and applications are available online at http://www.casact.org/academic/index.cfm?fa=scholarship. Applications are due by May 1, 2009 and winners will be notified in July.
  • 2008 Multicultural Undergraduate Internship Program. The Association for Women in Science Announces the 2008 Multicultural Undergraduate Internship Program in Washington D.C. In order to increase diversity in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, the Association for Women in Science is offering summer internships in Washington D.C. for female undergraduate students who are members of typically underrepresented ethnic groups. Internships provide stipends of $3,500 for ten-weeks during the summer at AWIS National Headquarters in Washington D.C. The internships are full time beginning in May 2008 and ending in August 2008. AWIS is a national advocacy organization representing the interests of women in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics across all disciplines and employment sectors. AWIS creates opportunities and breaks down barriers to help each and every woman in these fields achieve her full potential. The application deadline is March 31, 2008.
  • GK12 "Fellows-in-the-Middle" Program. Montclair State University in Montclair, NJ, has a fellowship opportunity for science and mathematics graduate students. The program, funded by the National Science Foundation, awards qualified research-minded graduate students with a $40,500 fellowship ($30,000 stipend + $10,500 towards tuition) to work in middle schools for two days each week. As part of the program, graduate students participate in training activities, research projects, and field trips (just to name a few components) while they pursue a master's degree at Montclair State University. The application deadline is January 15, 2008.
  • 2008 Clare Boothe Luce Fellowship. The Department of Mathematics at Johns Hopkins University is proud to offer the Clare Boothe Luce Fellowship provided by the Henry Luce Foundation. The Fellowship will be awarded to an outstanding female graduate applicant who plans to begin doctoral study in the Fall of 2008. The recipient will be identified as the Clare Boothe Luce Graduate Fellow. The fellowship covers a stipend of $23,000 for the academic year and $7,000 for the summer ($30,000 total), tuition, benefits and other expenses each year for two academic years. To be eligible, the applicant must be: Female, U.S. Citizen, Incoming Graduate Student. The deadline for the application is January 17, 2008.
  • Noyce Scholars Program in Mathematics Boston University is excited to announce a new initiative to prepare middle school and high school mathematics teachers, Boston University's Noyce Scholars Program in Mathematics. With funding from the National Science Foundation and the School of Education and in collaboration with six local school districts and the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, the Noyce Program will train up to 13 graduate students a year to become mathematics teachers - and Noyce scholars receive 100% tuition support. The one-year program leads to a master's degree and initial teacher licensure. In exchange, Noyce scholars must commit to teach for at least two years in a high-need district upon successful completion of the teacher certification program.
  • The National Science Foundation’s Graduate Research Fellowship Program. This fellowship program provides students with three years of financial support including a $30,000 annual stipend and $10,500 cost-of-education allowance. U.S. citizens, nationals, or permanent resident aliens at or near the beginning of research-based graduate studies in the Chemistry, Computer and Information Science and Engineering, Engineering, Geosciences, Life Sciences, Mathematical Sciences, Physics and Astronomy, Psychology, and Social Sciences fields are eligible to apply. For additional program information, go to: https://www.fastlane.nsf.gov/grfp/.
  • Science, Mathematics and Research for Transformation (SMART) Education Program This education program provides scholarships and fellowships to students including an annual salary, full tuition, and other normal educational expenses. The purpose is to promote the education, recruitment and retention of undergraduate and graduate students in science, mathematics and engineering studies. The SMART Education Program is open only to citizens of the United States, and students must be at least 18 years of age to be eligible. There is an employment obligation to DoD with this education program. For more information and application deadlines, please visit our Web site at http://www.asee.org/smart.
  • The National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship Program (NDSEG) This fellowship program is sponsored by the Army Research Office, Office of Naval Research, Air Force Office of Scientific Research and the DoD High Performance Computing Modernization Program. This program is intended for U.S. citizens at or near the beginning of their graduate studies in science and/or engineering programs. The fellowships are for three year tenures. The stipends begin at $30,500 for first year fellows, $31,000 for second year fellows, and $31,500 for third year fellows. Full tuition and fees and a health insurance allowance are included as part of the program. Go to: http://www.asee.org/nrl for application deadlines and detailed program information.
  • The L’ORÉAL USA Postdoctoral Fellowships for Women in Science program recognizes and rewards exceptionally talented young women engaged in basic research in the life and physical/material sciences, technology (including computer science), engineering and mathematics, with grants valued at $40,000 per recipient, for a one year period. To obtain more information about program eligibility and requirements visit http://www.lorealusa.com/forwomeninscience. Applications are available in downloadable and online formats. The call for application period is from August 14 – October 31, 2006.
  • The Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) Postdoctoral Fellowship Program. This program is open to U.S. citizens and legal permanent residents and offers a competitive stipend as well as insurance, relocation, and travel allowances. This program offers one to three year postdoctoral fellowships designed to increase the involvement of scientists and engineers from academia and industry to scientific and technical areas of interest and relevance to the Navy. This program has a rolling admission. Go to: http://www.asee.org/resources/nrl/ for detailed program information.
  • The Naval Research Enterprise Intern Program (NREIP). NREIP is a ten week summer research opportunity for undergraduate Juniors & Seniors, and Graduate students, under the guidance of a mentor, at a participating Navy Laboratory. The stipend amounts for the program are $5,500 for undergraduate students and $6,500 for graduate students. U.S. citizenship required; Permanent residents accepted at certain labs. Go to: http://www.asee.org/nreip for application deadlines and detailed program information.
  • The Science and Engineering Apprenticeship Program (SEAP). SEAP is an eight week summer research opportunity at participating ONR laboratories for high school students who have completed at least grade 9, and are at least 16 years of age (for most Laboratories), and a U.S. citizen. A graduating Senior is eligible to apply. The stipend for the summer program is $1,500 for new students; $1,550 for returning students. Go to http://www.asee.org/seap for application deadlines and detailed program information.
  • Lucent Technologies Bell Laboratories Fellowships - Bell Labs and Lucent Technologies have several programs that are designed to encourage students to pursue careers in science and engineering including a graduate research program for women.
  • AAUW Educational Foundation Fellowships and Grants - This program has helped over 7,300 women in over 125 nations.
  • American Statistical Society Gertrude Cox Scholarship for Women - This $1,000 award is made yearly at the Joint Statistical Meetings to a woman entering or in the early stages of graduate school.
  • AWIS Education Foundation - Each spring, the AWIS Educational Foundation offers graduate and undergraduate awards in the amount of $1,000.
  • Business and Professional Women's Foundation Career Advancement Scholarship Program - The Career Advancement Scholarship Program was established in 1969 by the Business and Professional Women's Foundation to assist women seeking the education necessary for entry or re-entry into the work force, or advancement within a career field. The program was conceived as a concrete, practical means to achieve the BPW mission of improving the status of all working women.
  • Fannie and John Hertz Foundation - A private foundation which provides fellowships tenable at three dozen of the nation's finest universities for graduate work leading to award of the Ph.D. degree in applications of the physical sciences.
  • Krell Institute Computational Science Graduate Fellowship - The Department of Energy supports a broad spectrum of basic and applied research in science and engineering at its National Laboratories and through an extensive grants and contracts program with universities and the private sector. Encouraging talented students to pursue careers in computational science.
  • National Consortium for Graduate Degrees for Minorities in Engineering and Science (GEM) - Chartered in 1976, GEM is jointly sponsored by a consortium of university and employer members. The primary mission of GEM is to enhance the value of the nation's human capital in engineering and science by increasing the participation of under-represented minorities (Native Americans, African Americans, Mexican Americans, Puerto Ricans, and other Hispanic Americans) at the masters and doctoral levels.
  • National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate (NDSEG) Fellowships - The National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship Program seeks to identify individuals whose science and engineering credentials will support study through doctoral degrees. The prevailing goal is to provide the United States with talented, doctorally trained American men and women who will lead the state of the art in disciplines having the greatest payoff to national security requirements.
  • National Physical Sciences Consortium -The NPSC offers a unique and exciting doctoral graduate fellowship program in the Physical Sciences which directs special emphasis toward the recruitment of underrepresented minority and female Physical Science students in order to offset the historic imbalance faced by these underrepresented groups within the research community.
  • National Research Council Fellowship Programs - The NRC Fellowship Programs Unit administers predoctoral, dissertation, postdoctoral, and other fellowship programs for advanced study in research-based disciplines, including the Ford Foundation Predoctoral, Dissertation, and Postdoctoral Fellowships for Minorities.
  • SIAM Student Travel Awards - Travel awards for students to attend SIAM meetings and conferences.
  • Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) Student Travel Grants - Funding is available to women undergraduate and graduate students to present posters or papers at professional conferences.
  • Casualty Actuarial Society offers 2008 CAS Trust Scholarship - The Casualty Actuarial Society is once again accepting applications for its scholarship program for college students pursuing a career in actuarial science. The CAS Trust Scholarship program, funded by donations to the CAS Trust, will award up to three $1,500 scholarships to deserving students for the 2008-2009 academic year.
  • See also: AWM Ads for Conferences, Workshops, and Grants

Links for Advice & Homework Help

  • Ask Dr. Math - Need homework help? Check out this site with help for students in elementary school through college and beyond.
  • AWM Bibliography - Listing of books recommended by our web site visitors and reviewed in past AWM Newsletters.
  • MentorNet - The National Electronic Industrial Mentoring Network for Women in Engineering and Science. We pair women who are studying engineering or science at one of our participating colleges or universities with professional scientists and engineers working in industry, and help them form e-mail based mentoring relationships.
  • Collected Advice on Research and Writing for Graduate Students- A collection of advice about how to do research and how to communicate effectively aimed at graduate students in math and computer science.
  • Graduate Study in the Computer and Mathematical Sciences: A Survival Manual, Dianne O'Leary, 1996 - This online guide by one of our own AWM members contains useful information for every part of graduate school, from applying to finding a job.
  • How to Be a Good Graduate Student, Marie desJardins, 1994 - Another good online guide that should be required reading for both students and advisors.


Local Student Organizations for Women in Mathematics

Grants for Programs to Encourage Female Students in Mathematics

  • Connections for Women: Algebraic Geometry and Related Fields The Mathematical Sciences Research Institute in Berkeley, CA offers funds to Women and members of underrepresented groups to attend its workshop, Connections for Women: Algebraic Geometry and Related Fields, being held January 22, 2009 to January 24, 2009. It will be a unique opportunity for the participants to initiate new collaborations with national and international researchers.
  • Classical Algebraic Geometry Today The Mathematical Sciences Research Institute in Berkeley, CA, offers funds to attend its workshop Classical Algebraic Geometry Today, being held January 26, 2009 to January 30, 2009. Graduate students and Junior Researchers are encouraged to apply for funding. This introductory workshop will focus on exploring modern approaches to solving problems originating in Classical Algebraic Geometry.
  • AWM Sonia Kovalevsky High School Mathematics Days - A program of workshops, talks, and problem-solving competitions for high school women students and their teachers, both women and men. The purposes are to encourage young women to continue their study of mathematics, to assist them with the sometimes difficult transition between high school and college mathematics, to assist the teachers of women mathematics students, and to encourage colleges and universities to develop more extensive cooperation with high schools in their area.
  • 2000-2001 Eleanor Roosevelt Teacher Fellowships and Community Action Grants - The American Association of University Women (AAUW) Educational Foundation offers fellowships and grants up to $10,000 for women educators interested in helping girls advance in math, science and technology, and promoting their healthy development.
  • Year 2005 Grants for Women and Mathematics Projects - The Tensor Foundation, working through the MAA, plans to award grants for projects designed to encourage college and university women or high school and middle school girls to study mathematics. Proposal deadline: February 25,2005.

Prizes for Educators

  • AWM Louise Hay Award for Contributions to Mathematics Education - This prize is awarded annually by the AWM to recognize outstanding achievements in any area of mathematics education.
  • Maria Mitchell Women in Science Award - The Maria Mitchell Association offers an annual award to recognize an individual, program, or organization that encourages the advancement of girls and women in studies and careers in science and technology. Maria Mitchell (1818-1889) was the first woman astronomer and the first woman astronomy professor in the United States.

Courses on Women and Math

Links for Educators

Mathematics Fun and History