Student Essay Contest: 2021 Results



  • First Place: Keeping It Cool: A Biography of Lori Siegel
  • by: Yangyang Li (Dartmouth College)
  • Interviewee: Lori Siegel (Climate Interactive)
  • Honorable Mention: “Mathematical Wholeness: Sarah’s Journey”
  • by: Lucy Conover (Pitzer College)
  • Interviewee: Sarah Strong (High Tech High)
  • Honorable Mention: “The Poetry of Mathematics”
  • by: Ingrid Ren (Brown University)
  • Interviewee: JoAnne Growney (Bloomsburg University)
  • Honorable Mention: “Asuman Aksoy: Reserving the Right to Think”
  • by: Angie Wang (Claremont McKenna College)
  • Interviewee: Asuman Güven Aksoy (Claremont McKenna College)

GRADES 9-12:

  • 1st Place: “Stepping Outside the Mold to Improv-e Mathematics”
  • by: Angela Cai (Stuyvesant High School)
  • Interviewee: Ellen Eischen (University of Oregon)
  • Honorable Mention: “CDR Meghan Steinhaus: Military Excellence and Mathematical Creativity”
  • by: Arielle Frommer (Marine Science Magnet High School of Southeastern Connecticut)
  • Interviewee: Meghan Steinhaus (United States Coast Guard Academy)
  • Honorable Mention: “The Proof is in the Purpose”
  • by: Asmi Pareek (Sidwell Friends School)
  • Interviewee: Yolanda Rolle (Sidwell Friends School)


  • First Place: same as Grand Prize winner
  • Honorable Mention: “The Puzzle” In Life
  • by: Ben Hourdequin (Frances C. Richmond Middle School)
  • Interviewee: Lori Siegel (Climate Interactive)
  • Honorable Mention: “Lighting the Way from Within”
  • by: Jada Martin (Westside Neighborhood School)
  • Interviewee: Cydney Bodenhamer (Westside Neighborhood School)
  • Honorable Mention: “From Mangoes to Math”
  • by: Meera Srini (Columbus Academy)
  • Interviewee: Padmini Veerapen (Tennessee Tech University)

AWM and MfA thank the participating schools in the 2021 contest.

Some essays have been modified for posting on the AWM website