VT AWM Student Chapter awarded 2021 AWM Student Chapter Award for Scientific Exellence
July 19, 2021
The Virginia Tech Chapter of the Association for Women in Mathematics (AWM-VT) has been selected as the winner of the 2021 AWM Student Chapter Award for Scientific Excellence!
"The Award for Scientific Excellence recognizes a student chapter for organizing and hosting a scientific program of excellent quality in the form of a local conference or speaker series, or for its collaborative work with nearby industry or government organizations."
The student chapter was cited in particular for three programs they sponsored last year. The full citation reads:
The AWM Student Chapter at Virginia Tech is receiving this award for three scientific programs organized in 2020-2021. These programs were designed to encourage women and individuals from underrepresented backgrounds to pursue careers in mathematical sciences, to expose students to various research areas, and to provide students with mentorship and role models. The first of these events, titled AWM Research Days, included eight lectures (one in Fall 2020 for First Year Students and seven in Spring 2021) by members of the campus community including faculty members, postdocs, and graduate students. Topics were wide-ranging, including research done by undergraduates, research in mathematics education, infectious disease modeling, data science, and group theory. The AWM 50th Anniversary Celebration happened over two days. Four women faculty members were each invited to give a 1-hour talk aimed at undergraduate students and focusing on the mathematical sciences. An additional highlight of the year was the research seminar with Dr. Loni Philip Tabb on "Exploring the Geography of Health in the US." The seminar was jointly hosted with Supporting Women in Mathematics through Mentoring (SWIMM) and Speakers and Undergraduate Research Engagement (SURE) and was followed by a less formal fireside chat with students. We congratulate the AWM Student Chapter at Virginia Tech for their excellent example of how to sustain scientific excellence, even during a pandemic.
The group will be presented the award at the Annual Meeting of the Student Chapters, which will take place virtually during the Fall 2021.
For more information on the AWM and upcoming events, visit their website: https://sites.google.com/vt.edu/awm or