This semester, Salem students are invited to participate in a chapter of the Association for Women in Mathematics (AWM) for the first time. A non-profit organization founded in 1971, the Association for Women in Mathematics encourages women to study and pursue careers in mathematical sciences and to promote equal opportunity and equal treatment of women in the mathematical sciences.
The Association for Women in Mathematics is a professional society with members around the world. “AWM offers programs and workshops to mentor and recognize females in the field,” says Megan Gregory C’16, president of the Salem College chapter. “The field has historically been male-dominated, but we want to help change that. Salem College is a wonderful place to create a new chapter, as our school promotes and encourages women to pursue their dreams.”
The Association for Women in Mathematics currently boasts more than 3,000 members that consist of both women and men who represent a broad spectrum of the mathematical community—from the United States and around the world.
Ashley Jessup C’16, vice president of Salem’s AWM chapter encourages students to learn more about the new organization. “We are inclusive and encourage everyone to join! We want to take our passion for math out into the community and tutor others.”
Some of the events that the Association for Women in Mathematics have planned for this year include math movie nights, the math behind the Moravian star, math trivia and history, study sessions, guest lectures, tutoring opportunities, math and spirals, Pi Day (March 14) activities, and much more! The first activity of the year, a math scavenger hunt, was well attended. AWM will also partner with other academic clubs on campus to host games and collaborative fundraisers.
The Association for Women in Mathematics gives Salem College chapter members discounted registration to conferences and access to the Association for Women in Mathematics newsletter. Maxine Guzman and Wade Mattox are the faculty advisors for the chapter.