Student Essay Contest: 2023 Results



  • First Place: “Woman + Challenge = Drive”
    by: Anna McLerran (Utah Valley University)
    Interviewee: Pearl Sandick (University of Utah)
  • Honorable Mention: “The Remarkable Dr. Jeanette Shakalli”
    by: Amanya Gonzales (Kettering University)
    Interviewee: Jeanette Shakalli (FUNDAPROMAT)
  • Honorable Mention: “The Power of a Mathematical (Role) Model: Dr. Rachael Neilan’s Journey Through Mathematics”
    by: Lindsay Moskal (Duquesne University)
    Interviewee: Rachael Neilan (Duquesne University)
  • Honorable Mention: “From Regletas to Fusion Reactors”
    by: Rebecca Riley (The University of Texas at Austin)
    Interviewee: Irene Gamba (The University of Texas at Austin)

GRADES 9-12:

  • First Place: “From the World Cup to a Sustainable World: Mandiola’s Math Mindset”
    by: Alexa Eskovitz (Windward School)
    Interviewee: Leticia Torres Mandiola (Ørsted)
  • Honorable Mention: “LaQuanta Hernandez – Created to Count”
    by: Abraham Hernandez (Mission High School)
    Interviewee: LaQuanta Hernandez (Mission Consolidated Independent School District)
  • Honorable Mention: “Igniting Minds: Dr. Heitzman’s Inspiring Journey from Kiln to Classroom”
    by: Mark Leschinsky (Bergen County Academies)
    Interviewee: Carla Heitzman (Bergen County Academies)



AWM and MfA thank the participating schools in the 2023 contest.

Some essays have been modified for posting on the AWM website