Sponsoring Institution: Association for Women in Mathematics (AWM) and Math for America

Type: Women in Mathematics Essay Contest

Eligibility: Grades 6-12 and Undergraduates. The contest is open to all students in these grade categories. The only gender restriction is that the person interviewed must be a woman.

1 winner will be selected from each age category:
Grades 6 – 8
Grades 9 – 12

Application Deadline: February 1st (annual contest). Prizes are monetary cash awards directly to recipients (though the amounts of awards may vary since we could not find any amount referenced specifically).

Highlight: Are you intrigued by how women contribute to the world of maths? Are you also interested in what influenced them to pursue a career in mathematics? Well, this Mathematics Essay contest by the Association for Women in Mathematics is perfect for you as you will be able to interview any woman that is currently in a field of mathematics from professors to research physicists- the options are infinite. This annual mathematics essay contest aimed at any student from 6th grade to undergraduate level is perfect for any student that is intrigued by what opportunities that may be available in the mathematics industry. After interviewing any mathematics role model, write a 500-1000 word essay detailing your interview and what you found out about careers in the mathematical sciences! One winner will be selected from each grade category and if you are one of these, you could be in for a chance to not only win a cash prize that can be used for anything, but also the knowledge of all the opportunities that you could access on your pursuit into either the mathematics industry or even the STEM industry. To further your understanding of the range of opportunities in the mathematics industry, create an account on the AWM website, and enter your Mathematics essay entry and a short (approximately 100 words) biographical sketch of the student you are, that must contain your name, grade level, school, and mathematical interests. Archimedes once said “Mathematics reveals its secret only to those who approach it with pure love, for its own beauty!”, so open your eyes to the world of mathematics and apply today!

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