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Association for Women in Mathematics

University of Massachusetts, Amherst


April 2018


Advancing Women's Impact in Mathematical Sciences Symposium (AWIMS) at WPI (Saturday, Apr. 7)

Some chapter members will be attending AWIMS at WPI! Registration has since closed, but if you have already registered and would like to come with the UMass AWM group, please e-mail day@math.umass.edu.

March 2018


Lunch with Dr. Matilde Lalín (Tuesday, Mar. 6 from 12:45 - 1:45pm at LGRT 1634)

Join us for lunch with Dr. Lalín from Universite de Montreal!

Pi Day Event (Saturday, Mar. 24 at 10:15 AM at Mount Holyoke College)

MHC AWM (with support from UMass AWM) is hosting a Pi Day 3mi run and/reception at MHC. The first 30 runners will receive a free t-shirt! If you are interested in attending and would like to coordinate rides with UMass AWM, please e-mail mathwomen@math.umass.edu

Tea with Dr. Laure Flapan (Friday, Mar. 30 from 3 - 4pm at LGRT 1530)

Join UMass AWM for tea with Dr. Flapan from Northeastern!


February 2018


Movie Night! (Friday, Feb. 9 at 6pm at LGRT 1634)

AWM will be hosting a movie night on Friday, February 9, from 6:00 - 9:00pm in LGRT 1634. We will watch a Pixar movie and briefly discuss some of the math behind movie animation. This event is family friendly and open to all who are interested in the mathematical sciences and the mission of AWM. Please RSVP at the link below by the end of the day on Tuesday, 2/6 if you would like to be included in the count for food:

Google forms RSVP link


Lunch with Dr. Elina Robeva (Thursday, Feb. 22 from 12:30 - 1:30pm at LGRT 1634)

Join us for lunch with Dr. Robeva from MIT!


December 2017


Joint Meeting with MHC AWM Chapter (Friday, Dec. 1 at 5pm at LGRT 1528)

Join us for a joint meeting with the MHC AWM chapter! We will be discussing creating a joint newsletter, planning a Pi Day Event, and organizing a one day spring conference!

Pizza will be provided.


Graduate Student Community Meal (Wednesday, Dec. 6 at 5:30pm at LGRT 1634)

Join us for a graduate student community meal where we will discuss what AWM can be doing for graduate students and work on forming an active and engaged grad student community.

Dinner will be provided, please RSVP by the end of the day on Sunday 12/3.

Please email day@math.umass.edu if you have any questions!

Pizza will be provided.


Reading Day Study Session (Wednesday, Dec. 13 from 12 - 3:00pm)

We will be hosting a reading day study session (with lunch provided) on Wednesday, Dec. 13 from 12:00 - 3:00.


November 2017


Lunch with UMass Lecturers Cat Benincasa and Adena Calden (Monday, Nov. 6 at 11:30am at LGRT 1530)

Join the UMass AWM Chapter for lunch with UMass Lecturers Cat Benincasa and Adena Calden! Cat and Adena will talk a bit about their mathematical journeys and experiences teaching math!

This is a bring your own lunch event, but UMass AWM will provide some desserts.

Please RSVP using the Google form if you can come: RSVP Form


Math Club Talk: Tori Day, Squares Modulo p (Tuesday, Nov. 26 - 5:00 - LGRT 1528)

In this talk, we’ll focus on answering the two questions:
  1. Is -1 a square modulo p?
  2. Is 2 a square modulo p?

To do this, we’ll first review some modular arithmetic and what it means to be a square modulo p. Then, we will work together to answer those two questions and see some applications of those answers. We’ll end by stating the Law of Quadratic Reciprocity, and briefly talking about its proof and some applications, as time allows. There will be lots of examples to work out and patterns to find, so come ready to do some math!


October 2017


Math Club Talk - GaYee Park

Member Julie GaYee Park gave a math club talk. Here is her abstract:

Platonic solids are the three-dimensional analogy of regular n-gons. Unlike in the case of regular polygons, of which there are infinitely many, there are only five of these polyhedrons. In this talk we will talk about a brief history of Platonic solids and some of their interesting properties, including their geometric and group-theoretic structures. Then we will prove that there can be no more than five Platonic solids using two different approaches: geometric properties and combinatorial properties.


Grad School Panel

AWM was thrilled to invite 5 UMass graduate students from the math department to our graduate school panel. GaYee Park, Rose Berns-Zieve, Terry Mullen, Maddie Gordon, and Kristin Lieber joined us to share their experience with applying to graduate schools and deciding on what program was right for them. It was a great chance for undergraduates considering graduate school to gain insightful advice from current grad students.

September 2017


Hidden Figures Movie Night

AWM hosted a movie night screening Hidden Figures, an inspirational movie about three African-American women employed by NASA during the Space Race. We had a number of people join us for pizza, popcorn, and a chance to socialize with other math majors outside of the classroom.

April 2017


Brown Bag Lunch

Tuesday, April 4: Lunch with Dr. Christelle Vincent of UVM. Dr. Vincent visited UMass to speak at the Number Theory Seminar.

Coffee Hour

Thursday, April 13: Coffee Hour

Homework Night

Every Thursday from 4:00-6:00 @ LGRT 1528.

March 2017


Brown Bag Lunch

Thursday, March 23: Lunch with Dr. Ruth Charney (AWM President 2013-2015), who visited the department to give the Distinguished Lecture

WINRS Conference

Saturday, March 4: Attended the WINRS Conference

October 2016


Lunch with Professor Grigsby!

Friday, October 14 at noon @ LGRT 1530: We had catered lunch with Professor Elisenda Grigsby from Boston College.

September 2016


Coffee Hour

Thursday, September 29 from 4:30-6pm @ LGRT 1634

April 2016


End of Semester Party

Friday, April 22 from 4-5pm @ LGRT 1634: This was a casual get-together. We talked about our plans and goals for next semester.

Lunch with Dr. Holly Krieger

Tuesday, April 26 from 12:50-1:50pm @ LGRT 1634

Brown Bag Lunch

Friday, April 15 from 12-1pm @ LGRT 1334

Homework Night

Thursday, April 14 from 6-8pm @ LGRT 1634

March 2016


Brown Bag Lunch

Friday, March 31 from 12:15-1pm @ LGRT 1114

Homework Night

Thursday, March 24 from 6-8pm @ LGRT 1634

Executive Council Meeting

Wednesday, March 23 from 2:30-3:30pm @ LGRT 202