Bryn Mawr’s Department of Mathematics Wins Exemplary Program Award from the American Mathematical Society

Posted April 12th, 2012 at 3:11 pm.

Bryn Mawr’s Department of Mathematics has been awarded the American Mathematical Society (AMS) annual award for an Exemplary Program or Achievement in a Mathematics Department, announced the organization yesterday.

“The Bryn Mawr mathematics department has a long history of encouraging women to pursue careers in mathematics. By cultivating a special atmosphere—fun-loving yet serious, supportive yet challenging—the department has been enormously successful in attracting a diverse group of students,” reads the award announcement on the AMS website.

The sentiments expressed by AMS were echoed by Provost Kim Cassidy upon receiving news of the award.

“The Bryn Mawr Mathematics Department has created an exceptional program, one that encourages all students to study and succeed in mathematics, and where students achieve at the highest levels. There is a deep synergy and sense of community among the undergraduates, graduate students, and faculty. I am very pleased that their accomplishments are being recognized with this award and congratulate them on behalf of their fellow faculty members,” said Cassidy.

Bryn Mawr Math Department at a Glance:

  • In the past decade, 8.6 percent of Bryn Mawr’s undergraduates have earned degrees in mathematics–11 times the national average.
  • During that period, Bryn Mawr is second in the nation among all colleges and universities in terms of the percentage of undergraduate women earning math degrees.
  • The Department ranks 10th nationally in the percentage of female graduates going on to earn a Ph.D. in mathematics.
  • In the past three years, the department has four winners of the NSF Graduate Fellowship in mathematics.
  • Over the last five years, almost 10 percent of the department’s graduates identify as African American or Hispanic.
  • In addition to its undergraduate program, the department runs a small but thriving graduate program with about half a dozen students pursuing the Ph.D. at any one time.
  • The graduate program allows Bryn Mawr to offer a combined AB/MA degree in mathematics to its undergraduates.

“This is a tremendous honor for the mathematics department and we look forward to building upon our established traditions of excellence and inclusion in the years ahead. The world is wide open for math majors today, and our graduates are uniquely qualified to deal with the complexities of the information age,” says Professor Paul Melvin, chair of the math department.

For more about Bryn Mawr’s mathematics department, read the full award citation here or visit the Department of Mathematics website.

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