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Results of the 2013 Essay Contest Biographies of Contemporary Women in Mathematics

posted Apr 18, 2013, 7:05 PM by AWM Web Editor

GRAND PRIZE WINNER

Sara Billey: The Most Famous 'Sara in Math'
By: Rebecca Myers, High Tech High International
San Diego, CA
(The essay was about Dr. Sara Billey of the University of Washington.)


Undergraduate Level Winner

Destined to count
By: Joy Otobo, Benue State University
Kaduna, Nigeria
(The essay was about Mrs. Mary-Anne Msuur Shior,  Makurdi, Nigeria.)

Undergraduate Level Honorable Mention

More than Research: A Day in the Life of a Biomathematician
By: Anne Talkington, Duke University
Fayetteville, NC
(The essay was about Dr. Anita Layton of Duke University.)

 

High School Level Winner

Same as Grand Prize Winner
 
High School Level Honorable Mention
 
Amie Wilkinson: Defying Doubts and Pursuing Passions
By: Grace Wu, Mission San Jose High School
Fremont, CA
(The essay was about Dr. Amie Wilkinson of the University of Chicago.)

The Special Relativity of a Physics Teacher
By: Alexandria Miskho, Kamiakin High School
Kennewick, WA
(The essay was about Ms. Jennifer Tillenburg of Kamiakin High School)

Mary O' Halloran: 'Dear Teacher'
By: Angelique Scheuermann, Lakewood High School
Long Beach, CA
(The essay was about Ms. Mary O’Halloran of Lakewood High School.)

 

Middle School Level Winner

A Teacher of Miracles
By: Emmanuel Martinez, Lyford Middle School
Lyford, TX
(The essay was about Mrs. Estella Perez of Lyford Middle School.)

Middle School Level Honorable Mention

Play With It!
By: April Liu, John Knox Christian School
Burnaby, BC, Canada
(The essay was about Ms. Trena Aukema of John Knox Christian School.)

Results of the 2012 Essay Contest Biographies of Contemporary Women in Mathematics

posted Jun 27, 2012, 7:00 PM by AWM Web Editor   [ updated Apr 18, 2013, 3:50 PM ]

GRAND PRIZE WINNER

Dr. Mythily Ramaswamy: Making a Difference, One Equation at a Time
By: Gitanjali Lakshminarayanan, Vanguard High School
Ocala, FL
(The essay was about Dr. Mythily Ramaswamy of Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Math Center in Bangalore, Karnataka, India.)


Undergraduate Level Winner

“Prof. Araceli Medina Bonifant: A Rare Gem”
By: Rose Mathews, Stony Brook University (SUNY)
Stony Brook, NY
(The essay was about Dr. Araceli Medina Bonifant of Stony Brook University.)

Undergraduate Level Honorable Mention

An Inspirational Actuary
By: Cheri Morris, Hampton University
Hampton, VA
(The essay was about Ms. Mischelle Schweickert of Kaiser Permanente.)

 

High School Level Winner

Same as Grand Prize Winner
 
High School Level Honorable Mention
 
The Origin of Math-Teacher: a Biography of Shari DeRossett
By: Rebecca Frederick, Lakota West High School
West Chester, OH
(The essay was about Ms. Shari DeRossett of Lakota West High School.)

Shelly Harvey: Knot your typical California Girl!
Anita Rao, Dawson High School
Pearland, TX
(The essay was about Dr. Shelly Harvey of Rice University.)

 

Middle School Level Winner

A Life in the Circle: Tatiana Shubin, Ph.D.
By: Lilith Sarkar, Castillero Middle School
San Jose, CA
(The essay was about Dr. Tatiana Shubin of San Jose State University.)

Middle School Level Honorable Mention

Ms. Sheila Krilov: A Teacher's Return
By: Flavia Sinha, Hunter College High School.
New York, NY
(The essay was about Ms. Sheila Krilov of Hunter College High School.)
 
“A Woman to Lead the Way”
Nary Touch, Southwest Early College Campus
Kansas City, MO
(The essay was about Dr. Swati DebRoy of University of the Missouri Kansas City.)

Results of the 2011 AWM Essay Contest Biographies of Contemporary Women in Mathematics

posted Jun 2, 2011, 9:51 AM by AWM Web Editor   [ updated Jun 6, 2011, 9:11 AM ]

GRAND PRIZE WINNER

“Mrs. Nan Mattai: More Than a Parking Spot”
By: Stephanie Wenclawski, John F. Kennedy High School
Cedar Rapids, IA

Undergraduate Level Winner
 
"The Masterpiece"
By: Jarami Bond, Heritage Christian Academy
Zebulon, NC
 
Undergraduate Level Honorable Mention
 
“Jen Tyne: For the Love of Math”
By: Siobhan Mccue, University of Maine
Orono, ME
 
High School Level Winner
 
Same as Grand Prize Winner

High School Level Honorable Mention

“Wang Xiaoyun: Breaker of the Digital World”
By: Yanna Gong, Eden Prairie High School
Eden Prairie, MN

“Jhina Alvarado-Morse”
Shaina Wan, Ruth Asawa School of the Art
San Francisco, CA

Middle School Level Winner

“The Square Dancing Market Researcher”
By: Sophia Marusic, Wydown Middle School
Saint Louis, MO

Middle School Level Honorable Mention
 
“Logical Thinking: The Most Upheld Idea of Dr. Magdalena Luca”
By: Cassandra Luca, Charles E. Brown Middle School
Newton, MA

“Dedication: the Key to Being Great”
Lisa Raymond-Schmidt, Wydown Middle School
Saint Louis, MO

Results of the 2010 AWM Essay Contest Biographies of Contemporary Women in Mathematics

posted Oct 8, 2010, 5:59 AM by AWM Web Editor   [ updated Dec 8, 2010, 11:19 AM ]

A message from the contest organizers: Due to a tenfold increase in participation in the AWM Essay Contest this year over previous years, the judging process for this contest was delayed. The contest organizers apologize for this delay.

GRAND PRIZE WINNER

“Ms. Lynn Pippenger: Adding It Up from Accounting to Finance Executive”
By: Honor Lucy Adamson Bailey, St. Petersburg High School
Largo, FL

Undergraduate Level Winner

“Jan de Regt, Senior Systems Engineer Systems Engineering = How her mind"
works”
By: Corinne Ducey, Smith College
Silver Spring, MD

Undergraduate Level Honorable Mention

“Mathematics in Finance: A Biography of Rachael Mangoubi”
By: Daniela Guini, Harrington College of Design
Chicago, IL

High School Level Winner

Same as Grand Prize Winner

High School Level Honorable Mention

“Dr. Sarah Wheelan: ‘I always wanted to be a writer’”
By: Kelly Barbara Buckley, The Key School
Annapolis, MD

Middle School Level Winner

“Math is More Than Just Numbers: Biography of Professor Jenny Baglivo”
By: Ada Li, Walter S. Parker Middle School
Reading, MA

Middle School Level Honorable Mention

None

Results of the 2009 AWM Essay Contest: Biographies of Contemporary Women in Mathematics

posted Jul 8, 2010, 4:12 PM by Glenna Buford   [ updated Oct 8, 2010, 5:57 AM by AWM Web Editor ]

GRAND PRIZE

"The Charm of Topology - Dr. Joan Birman: Mathematics is very beautiful! ," by Wai-Ting Lam, at St. Francis College Ore Creek, Brooklyn, New York.

COLLEGE

"The Charm of Topology - Dr. Joan Birman: Mathematics is very beautiful! ," by Wai-Ting Lam, at St. Francis College Ore Creek, Brooklyn, New York.

GRADES 9-12

First Place: "Dr. Mahlet Tadesse: A Mathematician's Quest from Ethiopia to the United States ," by Christina Bax, National Cathedral School, Bethesda, Maryland.

Honorable Mention: "Music + Math = Linda Kadis," by Lena Sizikova, Mission San Jose High School, Fremont, California.

Honorable Mention: "Dr. Laura Gunn - Family Misfit," by Carmen Ng, Monte Vista High School, Danville, California.

GRADES 6-8

First Place: "Maria Droujkova: Beautiful Math is All About the People ," by Angela Pham, Francis of Assisi School, North Tustin, California.

Honorable Mention: "Falls in Love with Math and Science: Biography of Dr. Shaheen Rab ," by Nur Kose, Kose Homeschooling, New Castle, Delaware.

Results of the 2007 AWM Essay Contest: Biographies of Contemporary Women in Mathematics

posted Jul 8, 2010, 4:09 PM by Glenna Buford   [ updated Jul 8, 2010, 8:45 PM by AWM Web Editor ]

GRAND PRIZE

"The Creation of a Female Mathematician: Ms. Melanie Wood," by Leena Shah, Hartland Middle School at Ore Creek, Brighton, Michigan.

COLLEGE

First Place: "Dr. Marjorie Senechal: What do Silk, Crystals, Culture, and History Have in Common?," by Sarah Budrus, Hollins University, Huntington, West Virginia.

GRADES 9-12

First Place: "Dr. Rita Hibschweiler: Exploring the Pure Beauty of Mathematics," by Elizabeth Faiella, (homeschooled), Northwood, New Hampshire.

Honorable Mention: "Mrs. Ann Weber: Hard Work Pays Off," by Haley Kossek, Elk Rapids High School, Williamsburg, Michigan.

GRADES 6-8

First Place: "The Creation of a Female Mathematician: Ms. Melanie Wood," by Leena Shah, Hartland Middle School at Ore Creek, Brighton, Michigan.

Honorable Mention: "Dr. Eve Riskin: Engineer, Professor, Role Model," by Helen A Rawlins, Brier Terrace Middle School, Bothell, Washington.

Results of the 2006 AWM Essay Contest: Biographies of Contemporary Women in Mathematics

posted Jul 8, 2010, 4:07 PM by Glenna Buford   [ updated Jul 8, 2010, 8:28 PM by AWM Web Editor ]

GRAND PRIZE(S)

"Margo Levine, Mathematician," by Annie Davis, Solomon Schechter Day School of Greater Boston, Newton, Massachusetts.
"
Dr. Bonnie Shulman: A Different Kind of Story," by Stephanie Higgins, Bates College, Lewiston, Maine.

COLLEGE

First Place: "Dr. Bonnie Shulman: A Different Kind of Story," by Stephanie Higgins, Bates College, Lewiston, Maine.

Honorable Mention: "Lori Chibnik: Applying Statistics to Public Health," by Miranda Fix, Carleton College, Northfield, Minnesota.

GRADES 9-12

First Place: "Splendor of the Heavens: Dr. Knapp's Astronomical Odyssey," by Margarite Bechis, Mount Saint Joseph Academy, Flourtown, Pennsylvania.
 

GRADES 6-8

First Place: "Margo Levine, Mathematician," by Annie Davis, Solomon Schechter Day School of Greater Boston, Newton, Massachusetts.

Honorable Mention: "Burrowing into Numbers: an Interview with Dr. Caroline Borrow," by Kristin Ronzi, Hathaway Brown School, Shaker Heights, Ohio.

Results of the 2005 AWM Essay Contest: Biographies of Contemporary Women in Mathematics

posted Jul 8, 2010, 4:04 PM by Glenna Buford   [ updated Jul 8, 2010, 8:16 PM by AWM Web Editor ]

GRAND PRIZE

"Discovering Mathematics in Nature: Dr. Linda Smolka", by Arica Fong, Bucknell University, Lewisburg, Pennsylvania.

COLLEGE

1st Place: "Discovering Mathematics in Nature: Dr. Linda Smolka", by Arica Fong, Bucknell University, Lewisburg, Pennsylvania.

Honorable Mention: "Only Do It If You Love It: Dr. Hortensia Soto-Johnson", by Maggie Aschenbrenner, University of Northern Colorado, Monument, Colorado.

GRADES 9-12

1st Place: "The Perseverance of a Woman in Actuarial Science: Nancy Myers", by Tyler Wottrich, Roseville Area High School, Roseville, Minnesota.

Honorable Mention: "Mrs. Christine Schive: Breaking the Mold", by Natalya Kostandova, John W. North High School, Riverside, California.

GRADES 6-8

1st Place: "The Beauty of Mathematics: An Interview with Mrs. Pallavi Shah", by Nina Kamath, Joaquin Miller Middle School, Saratoga, California.

Honorable Mention: "Dr. Concha Gomez: A Role Model for Female Mathematicians", by Rhitwika Sensharma, Lake Braddock Secondary School, Burke, Virginia.

Results of the 2004 AWM Essay Contest: Biographies of Contemporary Women in Mathematics

posted Jul 8, 2010, 4:01 PM by Glenna Buford   [ updated Jul 8, 2010, 8:07 PM by AWM Web Editor ]

GRAND PRIZE

I Apply Computational Mathematics to Understand the Natural World---Dr. Margot Gerritsen, by Samantha Van Anh Tran, Presentation High School, San Jose, CA.

COLLEGE

1st Place: Delving into Bioinformatics: Dr. Susan B. Davidson, Professor of Computer and Information Science, by Stefanie Coforio, Hartwick College, Oneonta, NY.

Honorable Mention: My Teacher, My Mentor: Mrs. S., by Tzipora Henig, Bar-Ilan University, Israel.

Honorable Mention: Marcella Jones: Diversity in mathematics, by Heather Paulson, Minneapolis Community and Technical College/Hamline University, Minneapolis, Minnesota.

GRADES 9-12

1st Place: I Apply Computational Mathematics to Understand the Natural World---Dr. Margot Gerritsen, by Samantha Van Anh Tran, Presentation High School, San Jose, CA.

Honorable Mention: Dr. Olga Koroleva: Swarming the Field of Mathematics, by Diana Jue, Westridge School for Girls, Los Angeles, CA.

GRADES 6-8

1st Place: From Neural Networks to Mentor Networks: Dr. Mary Poulton Teaches Connections, by Mallory Brown, St. Gregory College Preparatory School, Tucson, Arizona.

Honorable Mention: A Mathematician Receives a Warm Welcome in a Free Society - Dr. Tatiana Shubin, by Jacqueline My Anh Tran, Chaboya Middle School, San Jose, CA.

Results of the 2003 AWM Essay Contest: Biographies of Contemporary Women in Mathematics

posted Jul 8, 2010, 3:57 PM by Glenna Buford   [ updated Jul 8, 2010, 7:41 PM by AWM Web Editor ]

GRAND PRIZE

Dr. Harpreet Chowdhary: The Mathematician As Executive by Esther Feldblum, Maimonides School, Sharon, Massachusetts.

COLLEGE

1st Place: Elizabeth Stanhope: Overcoming Silent Barriers by Jessica John, Willamette University, Salem, Oregon.

GRADES 9-12

1st Place: Dr. Harpreet Chowdhary: The Mathematician As Executive by Esther Feldblum, Maimonides School, Sharon, Massachusetts.

Honorable Mention: Dr. Marsha Davis: Defying Statistics by Sarah Tracy, Notre Dame Academy, Sturbridge, Massachusetts.

Honorable Mention: An Accomplished Woman in Mathematics: Dr. Evelyn Silvia by Amber Durrell, Loretto High School, Auburn, California.

GRADES 6-8

1st Place: I Seek an Answer to the Question "Why?" - Dr. Helen Moore by Sergei Shubin, Joaquin Miller Middle School, San Jose, California.

Honorable Mention: When Flexibility is the Rule---Dr. Magnhild Lien---A Biographical Essay by Christie Onzol, Nobel Middle School, Northridge, California.

Honorable Mention: Shapes with No Boundaries: The Life of Krystyna Kuperberg by Maja Wichrowska, Northwestern Middle School, Alpharetta, Georgia.

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