In Topology and Geometry
The Executive Committee of the Association for Women in Mathematics established the AWM Birman Research Prize in Topology and Geometry in 2013. First presented in 2015, this prize is awarded every other year. The AWM Joan & Joseph Birman Research Prize in Topology and Geometry serves to highlight to the community outstanding contributions by women in the field and to advance the careers of the prize recipients.
The award is made possible by a generous contribution from Joan Birman, whose work has been in low dimensional topology, and her husband, Joseph, who was a theoretical physicist specializing in applications of group theory to solid state physics.