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Humphreys Award

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Open to: all regardless of nationality and citizenship
Nomination deadline: April 30, Year N for the Year N+1 Award

About the Award

The Executive Committee of the Association for Women in Mathematics has established a prize in memory of M. Gweneth Humphreys to recognize outstanding mentorship activities. This prize will be awarded annually to a mathematics teacher (female or male) who has encouraged female undergraduate students to pursue mathematical careers and/or the study of mathematics at the graduate level. The recipient will receive a cash prize and honorary plaque and will be featured in an article in the AWM Newsletter. The award is open to all regardless of nationality and citizenship. Nominees must be living at the time of their nomination.

The award is named for M. Gweneth Humphreys (1911-2006). Professor Humphreys graduated with honors in mathematics from the University of British Columbia in 1932, earning the prestigious Governor General's Gold Medal at graduation. After receiving her master's degree from Smith College in 1933, Humphreys earned her Ph.D. at age 23 from the University of Chicago in 1935. She taught mathematics to women for her entire career, first at Mount St. Scholastica College, then for several years at Sophie Newcomb College, and finally for over thirty years at Randolph Macon Woman's College. This award, funded by contributions from her former students and colleagues at Randolph-Macon Woman's College, recognizes her commitment to and her profound influence on undergraduate students of mathematics.

The award will be presented at the Joint Prize Session at the Joint Mathematics Meetings every January.

Call for Nominations for the Humphreys Award

The nomination should include:

  1. A one to three-page letter of nomination highlighting the exceptional contributions of the candidate to be recognized; the name, position, institution, address, phone, and e-mail address of the nominee and the nominator should be included in the cover letter;
  2. A list of female students mentored by the nominee during their undergraduate years, with a brief account of their post-baccalaureate mathematical careers and/or graduate study in the mathematical sciences;
  3. Supporting letters from colleagues and/or students; at least one letter from a current or former student of the candidate must be included. 
  4. The nominee's vita.

The nomination submission form will be available 45 days prior to the deadline. Please check back here for full details. 

All submitted materials become the property of the AWM. At the request of the nominator, nominations can remain active for two additional years, and the nominator can update the application materials.

Questions? Call Steven Ferrucci at 401-455-4042 or email

Humphreys Award Nomination Deadline: April 30 Annually, Year N for the Year N+1 Award