male students participate?
A: Yes – the contest is open to
both female and male students. The only
gender restriction is that the person interviewed must be a woman.
Q: Can homeschooled students participate?
Q: Do I need to give my home address and phone
A: You can use your school’s
address – what is important is that we have a way to contact you (typically in
March) if you win.
teach middle school, and am encouraging my students to do this. Do they need to use their home address and
phone number, or can they use the school’s address and my phone number?
A: Your students can use your
school’s address and your phone number as their teacher: these are used to
contact winners. Typically the first
contact is through email and/or phone, and the mailing address is used later.
Q: Can I interview a relative?
Q: Is this a scholarship?
A: No – it is a contest. There is a monetary award, but it doesn’t
have to be used for schooling.
Q: How many winners are there?
is one First Place Winner in each category (Middle School, High School, and
Undergraduate) and a Grand Prize Winner chosen from among those three First
Place Winners. There are also typically 0-3 Honorable Mentions in each
are the prizes?
A: The winners (including
honorable mentions) receive a monetary prize, a membership in the Association
of Women in Mathematics, a certificate, and their name and affiliation
published in the Newsletter for the AWM.
In addition, all of the essays are published online and the Grand Prize
winner‘s essay is published in the newsletter.
Q: How do I find a woman to interview?
there is a woman in mathematics that you know, you can tell her about the
contest and ask her to interview. If you
don’t already know someone, you can look at nearby businesses (financial,
actuarial, insurance, etc.) and schools, possibly checking online, and see if
there are any women in mathematics who would be willing to be interviewed for
the contest. One advantage of this is
that you can interview the woman in person, which some students prefer.
Q: I’m having trouble finding someone to
interview. Can you help?
– you can request the name of a woman to interview. This will likely be someone in a different
region, so interviews would take place remotely (e.g. skype or phone). Contact Dr. Joanna Bieri (the interviewee
coordinator) at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Q: What is the Request Deadline?
Request Deadline is the deadline to request contact information for a woman in
mathematics who has (already) agreed to be interviewed. This is an option for students who wish to
submit an essay but aren’t able to find a woman to interview on their own. This deadline is several weeks before the
deadline for submitting essays in order to allow time for the student and
interviewee to find a common time for the interview (which may take place over
phone or skype, since matches are not usually in the same geographic area).
Q: How do I submit my essay?
the form online.
Q: Can I send an email with my essay as an
– there is a risk that it would get lost.