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The AWM Joan & Joseph Birman Research Prize in Topology and Geometry


The Executive Committee of the Association for Women in Mathematics established the AWM-Birman Research Prize in Topology and Geometry in 2013.  First presented in 2015, this prize is awarded every other year. The purpose of the award is to highlight exceptional research in topology/geometry by a woman early in her career. The field will be broadly interpreted to include topology, geometry, geometric group theory and related areas. Candidates should be women, based at US institutions who are within 10 years of receiving their Ph.D. or having not yet received tenure, at the nomination deadline.

The AWM-Joan & Joseph Birman Research Prize in Topology and Geometry serves to highlight to the community outstanding contributions by women in the field and to advance the careers of the prize recipients. The award is made possible by a generous contribution from Joan Birman whose work has been in low dimensional topology and her husband Joseph who is a theoretical physicist whose specialty is applications of group theory to solid state physics


The nomination cycle for the 2019 Birman Prize has now passed.

The 2019 AWM-Joan & Joseph Birman Research Prize in Topology and Geometry will be presented at the Joint Prize Session at the Joint Mathematics Meetings in Baltimore, MD in January 2019. The review process is underway and a winner will be chosen soon.

Information about the 2021 prize will be posted here in December 2019. Please check back here, at that time, for the submission link. 

The nomination will include: 

  • A one to three-page letter of nomination highlighting the exceptional contributions of the candidate;
  • A curriculum vitae of the candidate not to exceed three pages and;
  • Three letters supporting the nomination (submitted independently).

Questions? Email awm@awm-math.org.