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In January 2016 the Executive Committee of the Association for Women in Mathematics established the AWM Dissertation Prize, an annual award for up to three outstanding Ph.D. dissertations presented by female mathematical scientists and defended during the 24 months preceding the deliberations for the award. The Prizes will be given for those dissertations deemed most outstanding by the award committee. The award is intended to be based entirely on the dissertation itself, not on other work of the individual.


To be eligible for the award a graduate student must have defended her dissertation within the last two years (October 1, 2016, to September 30, 2018). She must either be a US citizen or have a school address in the US. The Prizes will be presented at the AWM Reception and Awards Presentation at the Joint Mathematics Meetings in Baltimore, MD, January 2019. The nomination should include: 
  1. a one to three-page letter of nomination highlighting the exceptional mathematical research presented in the dissertation; 
  2. a curriculum vitae of the candidate not to exceed three pages; 
  3. a copy of the dissertation and 
  4. two letters supporting the nomination.

When preparing nomination and supporting letters and cv, you may wish to provide additional information about the nominee’s work and record.  For example, please note any of the following if relevant:

  • Publication of results;
  • Presentation of the work in a venue other than the home institution;
  • Recognition by the student’s university;
  • Citations (e.g. via Google Scholar or in talks) of the work by other researchers;
  • Application of the work in industry;
  • Patents filed on aspects of the dissertation.

The submission link will be available 45 days prior to the deadline.

If you have questions, contact Steven Ferrucci at 401-455-4042, email, or visit

Dissertation Prize Nomination Deadline: October 1 Annually, Year N for the Year N+1 Prize