Nomination deadline:
November 1




AWM and the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM) established the annual Sonia Kovalevsky Lecture to highlight significant contributions of women to applied or computational mathematics. This lecture is given annually at the SIAM Annual Meeting. However, the 2015 lecture will be given at the International Congress on Industrial and Applied Mathematics (ICIAM), Beijing, China, August 10–14, 2015.  The lectureship may be awarded to anyone in the scientific or engineering community whose work highlights the achievements of women in applied or computational mathematics.

This is a jointly awarded prize (AWM-SIAM).

By agreement, AWM and SIAM pay for the winner's expenses to travel to the SIAM meeting and also local expenses.

The AWM-SIAM Sonia Kovalevsky Lecture was given for the first time on June 20, 2003 at the SIAM/CAIMS/SCMAI meeting in Montréal. Biographical profiles of past lecturers along with abstracts of their presentations are given below.

Sonia Kovalevsky (1850-1891) was the most widely known Russian mathematician of the late 19th century. In 1874, she received her Doctor of Philosophy degree from the University of Gottingen and was appointed lecturer at the University of Stockholm in 1883. Kovalevsky did her most imporant work in the theory of differential equations.


Nominations for this award are solicited and will remain active for a total of two years (one year beyond the initial nominations).  Letters of nomination should include an outline of the nominee’s contributions to applied or computational mathematics, a list of some of her most important research papers, and a citation of about 100 words that may be read when introducing the speaker.

Nomination materials for this award should be compiled into 1 PDF file and submitted online at https://www.mathprograms.org/db/programs/300

Questions? Call 703-934-0163 or email awm@awm-math.org.

AWM-SIAM Sonia Kovalevsky Lecture Nomination Deadline: November 1, Annually