We Speak: Inspiring Women in Math Speaker Series

In honor of AWM’s 50th Anniversary, each month we will feature a woman who has made a difference in the landscape of the mathematical sciences. Each speaker will give a 30-40 minute talk followed by a Q&A session from the audience for the remainder of the hour. Each speaker is invited to speak about their research, critical issues in mathematics, mathematics education, their career journey, or any other topic of their choosing. Math talks will be accessible for the advanced undergraduate student. Talks will be the final Friday of each month of 2021. We hope that you will join in!

December 2021

AWM 50 Years and Counting: A Showcase of AWM Programs

(and how to get involved)

Friday, December 17

4-5pm ET

For our final installment of this year-long series, we feature some of AWM’s many programs and initiatives. We will also have small group discussions in breakout rooms.

Some featured programs include


Student Chapters

Essay Contest

Policy and Advocacy

Mentor Network

La Matematica

Previous Talks

January 2021

Erika Camacho, PhD

“The role of cone metabolism in mitigating blindness”

Watch Dr. Camacho’s Talk

February 2021

Moon Duchin, PhD

“Ranked choice voting: A systems approach to better representation?”

View slides from this talk

March 2021

Dr. Talithia Williams

“Power in Numbers: Unveiling Hidden Figures”

April 2021

Gioia de Cari

“Perspectives on Women in STEM from a ‘Recovering Mathematician'”

May 2021

Dr. Carla Cotwright-Williams

“A Mathematician’s Journey to Public Service”

Watch Dr. Carla Cotwright-Williams’ Talk

June 2021

Dr. Erica Walker

Teachers College, Columbia University

“Storytelling for Mathematics Learning and Engagement”

Watch Dr. Erica Walker’s talk

July 2021

Dr. Genetha Gray


“Math for the Post-Pandemic Working World”

Watch Dr. Genetha Gray’s talk

August 2021

Dr. Magdalena Luca

Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

“The Biology and Statistics of COVID-19”

Watch Dr. Magdalena Luca’s talk

September 2021

Early-Career Mathematicians Lightning Talks

Friday, September 24, 2021

3pm EDT

Join AWM in recognizing new researchers who are future leaders in their respective research areas. All talks are given by graduate students or postdocs. Learn more and read the abstracts.

Our featured speakers are:

Elaina Aceves (University of Iowa)
Prerona Dutta (The Ohio State University)
Nicolle Gonzalez (UCLA)
Micah Henson (University of Washington)
Alice Nadeau (Cornell University)
Tracey Oellerich (George Mason University)
Melanie Weber (University of Oxford)
Corrine Yap (Rutgers)

This special session is organized by Mirjeta Pasha, PhD (Arizona State University) and Biji Wong, PhD (Max Planck Institute).

Watch the Early-Career Mathematicians Lightning Talks.

October 2021

Women in Leadership Panel

Confirmed Panelists

Susanne Brenner, Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics President

Ruth Charney, American Mathematical Society President

Kathy Ensor, American Statistical Association President

Pamela Harris, Lathisms President

Kathryn Leonard, Association for Women in Mathematics President

Tomi Mori, Caucus for Women in Statistics President

Omayra Ortega, National Association of Mathematicians President

Jennifer Quinn, Mathematical Association of America President

Watch the discussion here

November 2021

Dr. Eugenia Cheng

Mathematician and pianist with Sarah Ponder, mezzo-soprano

Math, music, and “A Woman’s Life and Love”

Watch Dr. Eugenia Cheng’s Performance