Student Essay Contest: 2016 Results



  • 1st Place: (Same as Grand Prize): “Engaging With the Ensemble: Alissa Crans’ Journey Through Mathematics”: by Priyanka Nanayakkara of UCLA, Los Angeles, California. (Essay was about Alissa Crans’ of Loyola Marymount University)
  • Honorable Mention: “Mathematics for the Colombian Indians (English)” Also available in Spanish as “Matemáticas para los Indígenas Colombianos”: by Maria Lozada of Broward College, Pembroke Pines, Florida. (Essay was about Yahaney Yagari a Professor of Mathematics in Indigenous Communities in Colombia)
  • Honorable Mention: “An Unconventional Path”: by Sarah Fleming of Williams College, Williamstown, Massachusetts. (Essay was about Pamela E. Harris of the United States Military Academy)
  • Honorable Mention: “I Wanted to be an Astronaut”: by Mackenzie Carlson of Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire. (Essay was about Robyn Millan, professor of Physics at Dartmouth College)


  • 1st Place: “To Count the Natural Numbers”: by Emily Jia of Illinois Math and Science Academy, Aurora, Illinois. (Essay was about Tanya Khovanova of Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
  • Honorable Mention“Laura Copp, the Mathbuster”: by Kasey Bersh of Marco Island Academy, Marco Island, Florida. (Essay was about Laura Copp of Hernandez Middle School in Chicago)
  • Honorable Mention“The Path to Success”: by Nikki Heinen of Maple Grove Senior High, Maple Grove, Minnesota. (Essay was about Dr. Samantha Schumacher of Target Corporation)


  • 1st Place: “Another Contest Won”: by Adun Oladeji. (Essay was about Laura Zehender of The Art Of Problem Solving Online School)
  • Honorable Mention: “Math Magic. Outer Space, Virtual Space and Sun”: by Addy Javetz of NEST+M – New Exploration into Science, Technology and Math, Manhattan, New York. (Essay was about Sun Mi Chung, a Principal Data Scientist at AOL Platform)
  • Honorable Mention: “Never Give Up”: by Lucy Glueck of Richmond Middle School, Hanover, New Hampshire. (Essay was about Deborah Glueck of the University of Colorado)
  • Honorable Mention: “Building Treehouses: A Journey of Courage and Perseverance”: by Reilly Uiterwyk of Crossroads Academy, Lyme, New Hampshire. (Essay was about Dr. Vicki V. May of the Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth College)

Some essays have been modified for posting on the AWM website.