Essay Contest Main Page    


Open to: Students Grades 6-8, Grades 9-12, College Undergraduates
Request deadline for those who would like to be matched with a woman to interview: January 10 each year
Essay Submission deadline: January 31 each year


Supporting Partner: Project Lead The Way (PLTW)


To increase awareness of women's ongoing contributions to the mathematical sciences, the Association for Women in Mathematics (AWM) and Math for America are co-sponsoring an essay contest for biographies of contemporary women mathematicians and statisticians in academic, industrial, and government careers. 

The essays will be based primarily on an interview with a woman currently working in a mathematical sciences career. This contest is open to students in the following categories: Grades 6-8, Grades 9-12, and College Undergraduate. At least one winning submission will be chosen from each category. Winners will receive a prize, and their essays will be published online at the AWM web site. Additionally, a grand prize winner will have his or her submission published in the AWM Newsletter.

The Deadline for the AWM Essay Contest is January 31 each year. 


We are currently seeking women mathematicians to volunteer as the subjects of these essays. Please submit your information on this Google Form or contact Dr. Johanna Franklin, the contest organizer, by email at