K-12 Students

AWM Programs

  • AWM Mentor Network The goal of the Association for Women in Mathematics Mentor Network is to match mentors, both men and women, with girls and women who are interested in mathematics or are pursuing careers in mathematics. The network is intended to link mentors with a variety of groups: recent PhDs, graduate students, undergraduates, high school and grade school students, and teachers.
  • Sonia Kovalevsky Days For more than twenty years Sonia Kovalevsky Days have been organized and sponsored by AWM and held at colleges and universities throughout the country. Sonia Kovalevsky Days consist of a program of workshops, talks, and problem-solving competitions for female high school and middle school students and their teachers, both women and men.
  • AWM Essay Contest To increase awareness of women's ongoing contributions to the mathematical sciences, AWM sponsors an essay contest for biographies of contemporary women mathematicians and statisticians in academic, industrial, and government. The contest is open to students in middle school, high school, and college.

Other Programs

One-day programs
  • Expanding Your Horizons is a one-day conference held at over 100 locations across the U.S. each year. Local junior high and high school students attend a keynote address, and attend workshops led by women scientists, mathematicians, and engineers.
  • Sally Ride Science Festivals sponsored by the Sally Ride Science Club are for middle school girls, with parents and teachers also welcome to attend.
  • Mu Alpha Theta, a national honor society for high school and two-year college students, holds national and regional conferences. See Lenhart, S. (2011). FUN with Mu Alpha Theta. AWM Newsletter, 41(2), 31.
  • Math x Economics is a one-day program for college-bound high school juniors and seniors hosted by the Federal Reserve. Its mission is to encourage students from backgrounds underrepresented in the field of economics to pursue careers in economic policy and research.
Multi-day programs
  • Girls’ Angle is a mathematics club for girls that offers special courses and events.
  • For Girls in Science offers resources and information for girls who love science including a listing of STEM camps for girls.
  • MathILy is an intensive residential summer program for mathematically excellent secondary students.
  • The Hampshire College Summer Studies in Mathematics is an intensive six-week residential program for high ability high school students.
  • Mathematics Intensive Summer Session is a four-week commuter program at California State University, Fullerton designed to help college bound young women enhance their mathematics skills and boost their achievement in college preparatory coursework. Meals, books, materials, and supplies are provided at no cost to the student.
  • The American Mathematical Society has a list of summer math camps and programs for gifted high school students to help them explore the world of mathematics research.
  • PROMYS is a six-week summer program at Boston University designed to encourage motivated high school students to explore the creative world of mathematics in a supportive community of peers, counselors, research mathematicians, and visiting scientists.
  • The Ross Program at the Ohio State University is an intensive summer experience designed to encourage motivated pre-college students to explore mathematics. During those eight weeks, students are immersed in a world of mathematical discovery.
  • The Maine School of Science and Mathematics offers a summer camp program to inspire and encourage campers ages 10–14 to pursue their passions in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.
  • Canada/USA Mathcamp is an intensive 5-week-long summer program for mathematically talented high school students, designed to expose these students to the beauty of advanced mathematical ideas and to new ways of thinking.
  • The Science and Engineering Apprenticeship Program 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.
  • Mathematical Circles are a form of education enrichment and outreach that bring mathematicians and mathematical scientists into direct contact with pre-college students. Students, and sometimes their teachers, meet with mathematical professionals in an informal setting, after school or on weekends, to work on interesting problems or topics in mathematics.
  • The USA Science and Engineering Festival is an expo and book fair featuring hundreds of interactive exhibits and several stage shows.
  • The Summer Program in Mathematical Problem Solving is a free, residential, 3-week long summer program for underserved New York City 7th graders, typically enrolling 50% girls.
  • The Young People’s Project uses math literacy work to develop the abilities of K–12 students to succeed in school and in life, and in doing so involves them in efforts to eliminate institutional obstacles to their success. YPP runs a national program and regional programs in many cities.
  • The University of Virginia and Virginia Tech offer programs for under-represented 10th grade students, including week-long engineering and computer programs in summer for young women.

Scholarships, Grants, Fellowships

  • The Somerville Mathematics Fund is a scholarship organization chartered by Dollars for Scholars, awarding funds to outstanding high school mathematics students from Somerville, MA. The awards are renewable up to 4 years.
  • The Casualty Actuarial Society has different scholarship programs for high school students, as well as for diversity; some programs are regional. Check the website for offers in a particular year.

Competitions, Contests, Prizes

  • AWM Essay Contest To increase awareness of women's ongoing contributions to the mathematical sciences, AWM sponsors an essay contest for biographies of contemporary women mathematicians and statisticians in academic, industrial, and government. The contest is open to students in middle school, high school, and college.
  • The Purple Comet! Math Meet is a free, on-line, international, team mathematics competition designed for middle and high school students conducted annually since 2003.
  • The USA Math Olympiad is a highly selective high school mathematics competition held annually since 1972.
  • The International Mathematical Olympiad is the World Championship Mathematics Competition for High School students and is held annually in a different country.
  • Moody's Mega Math (M3) Challenge is an internet-based applied math competition that requires teams of students to connect sound reasoning and creative thinking with real-world issues and data to solve a math modeling problem in 14 hours. The contest is open to high school juniors and seniors in 45 states and Washington, D.C.

Other Resources

  • Women in Math Project is host to numerous links to information about publications, people, associations, opportunities, activities, and statistics relating to women in mathematics.
  • The SACNAS biography project is a resource for K–12 educators who are interested in teaching their students about the accomplishments of Chicano/Latino and Native American scientists.
  • Ask Dr. Math Need homework help? Check out this site with help for students in elementary school through college and beyond.
  • MathPlanet is an international website where one will get help in high school math for free including over 350 math lessons on video, theory and examples and forums.
  • The Girls' Angle Bulletin is a bimonthly magazine that contains interviews with mathematicians, articles on math, mathematical activities, math problems, and math inspired art. Girls’ Angle also produces videos and “video theater.”
  • Biographies of women mathematicians are found at a website maintained by Agnes Scott College.
  • The MacTutor History of Mathematics Archives at the University of St Andrews features biographies of famous mathematicians as well as the history of various mathematical topics.
  • A selection of biographical profiles on women mathematicians from Latin America, and other biographical resources are provided by the International Mathematics Union Women in Maths Webpages Advisory Group.

Studies, Reports

  • The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) is the largest nationally representative and continuing assessment of what America's students know and can do in various subject areas.
  • Many types of statistics are available from the National Science Foundation, for example, how many women earn baccalaureates in mathematics each year. These and other information are published biennially in two reports: Science and Engineering Indicators and Women, Minorities and Persons with Disabilities in Science and Engineering, both of which are available from the National Science Foundation’s statistics website.

Careers

  • The American Mathematical Society provides a list of resources for high school students that includes information about career choices and uses of mathematics.
  • WeUseMath.org helps to answer the common student question, “When will I use math?” This website provides videos highlighting the importance of mathematics and many rewarding career opportunities available to students who study mathematics.
  • The careers section of the Mathematical Association of America’s website describes popular careers that involve mathematics with links to further information about each. A book published by the MAA describes 101 Careers in Mathematics and the brochure We Do Math! describes eight non-academic careers that use mathematics.
  • The Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics has a 21-page brochure titled Careers in Applied Mathematics...Alternatives to Academia for STEM Majors with descriptions of careers, profiles of people in those careers, and further resources.
  • The American Statistical Association has a 20-page brochure titled Careers in Statistics: A World of Opportunity describing what statistics is, how it is used in various occupations, how to become a statistician, and further resources.
  • The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics provides information and resources about how and why to become a math teacher on the Be a Math Teacher website.
  • Career Planning Resources for Mathematics from the Sloan Career Cornerstone Center has sections tailored to students from middle school to graduate school, counselors, parents, teachers, and graduates, including diversity-related resources and resources for girls and women.
  • The Mathematical Sciences in 2025 is a report from the National Research Council that reviews the current state of the mathematical sciences in the United States and makes recommendations for the future in light of the increasingly cross-disciplinary nature of the mathematical sciences.
  • Careers That Count is a short booklet produced by AWM in 1991 that profiles women with careers in the mathematical sciences and gives a list of books with further information about mathematics and mathematical people.
  • Women in Statistics is a 1-page guide to information about careers in statistics from the American Statistical Association.
  • Winning essays about women with careers in mathematics from the AWM essay contest.
  • Girls’ Angle Bulletin is a bimonthly magazine that contains interviews with mathematicians, articles on math, mathematical activities, math problems, and math inspired art.
  • The SACNAS biography project is a resource for K-12 educators who are interested in teaching their students about the accomplishments of Chicano/Latino and Native American scientists.
  • Women@NASA has profiles of women who work at NASA and links to career information and advice.