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CCNY Student Chapter of the Association for Women in Mathematics

Department of Mathematics

CCNY Student Chapter of the Association for Women in Mathematics

Association for Women in Mathematics (AWM)





We are the CCNY student chapter of the Association for Women in Mathematics (AWM). We want to help foster a sense of community among the Math Majors and Math Master's students at CCNY. We organize various events including group meetings, invited speakers and community outreach. Our goal is to have students and faculty interact outside of the classroom and to form a support system for each other.

2016-17 Executive Committee:


  • President: María Sánchez-Muñiz

  • Vice-President: Yorkinoy Shermatova

  • Secretary: Axel La Salle

  • Treasurer: Olga Anipchenko-Ulaj

  • Faculty Adviser: Brooke Feigon

How to join:


Please email us at awmccny(at), or speak to one of this year's Executive Committee members to become a part of our organization and to join our mailing list. Also please fill out our survey. All CCNY students are welcome to join. All members receive complimentary membership in the AWM.

You can also join our AWM CCNY group on facebook.

Fall 2016 Events:


  • Thursday, December 1, 1:10-2:00pm, NAC 4/148

    Dr. Ruthi Hortsch (Bridge to Enter Advanced Mathematics), Triangles, Congruent numbers, and Elliptic Curves 

    We are all familiar with the Pythagorean Theorem, and perhaps with methods of constructing right triangles with all rational sides. While a right triangle with rational sides will always have rational area, does this work the other way round? For a given rational number n, can we find a right triangle with all sides rational that has area n? Not always---but this isn't obvious! If we can find such a triangle, we call the number n "congruent”. In the quest to discover which n are congruent, we will encounter elliptic curves and their group structure, and maybe even mention the elusive Birch and Swinnerton-Dyer Conjecture.

  • Thursday, October 13, 12:30-1:30pm, NAC 6/113

    AWM/Math Club Fall Welcome Party 

    The CCNY student chapter of the Association for Women in Mathematics (AWM) and the CCNY Math Club are co-hosting a fall welcome party. Please join us as we get to know each other in an informal setting and discuss goals and events for the year. Pizza lunch will be provided.



  • Stony Brook Math Day is a one-day festival for all undergraduate math majors. It takes place on Saturday, November 12, 2016. Please see the website for registration, financial support for travel and further information.

  • Below are various scholarships that may be of interest:

  • Below are various programs/conferences/workshops that may be of interest:

    • The second PIMS-NSF Undergraduate Workshop on Supersymmetry will be held at the Pacific Institute for the Mathematical Sciences at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada, on August 14-20, 2016. Travel funding (including room and board) is available for US and Canadian citizens and permanent residents. The application deadline is April 2.

    • SAAMS ​Sampling Advanced Mathematics for Minority Students at The Ohio State University is running a course from July 11th – August 5th, 2016. SAMMS is a collaborative program between The Ohio State University and the University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez. It is designed for college students from traditionally underrepresented minorities who are considering graduate studies in STEM fields, particularly, in mathematics related disciplines.

    • Mathematics Advanced Study Semester program (MASS) at Penn State is an immersive semester-long program for undergraduate students. The submission deadline is April 10, 2016.

    • The 11th Annual Spuyten Duyvil Mathematics Undergraduate Conference will take place at the State University of New York at New Paltz on April 23rd, 2016. More information can be found on the conference website.

    • The NSF has a list of current Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REUs) here.

    • If you're planning on attending graduate school you may want to apply for EDGE: A Program for Women in Mathematics.

    • Budapest Semesters in Mathematics

      AWM Mentor Network is a great opportunity to get a mentor and to be a mentor for younger high school or middle school students. Sign up now!

  • If you would like to join Math Alliance see here or speak with one of the CCNY Math Alliance Mentors.

  • Find out about various AWM programs, workshops, etc.

  • See former CCNY student and current GC student Tai-Danae Bradley's great math blog Math3ma.

  • CUNY Women in Science.

  • Join the CCNY WinS Mentoring Program. CCNY WinS Mentoring pairs students and early-career scientists with more experienced members of the Women in Science community to provide encouragement, guidance and support for those interested in a career in science.

  • Please email us to receive your complimentary AWM student membership.

Spring 2016 Events:


  • February 18-May 2

    • GRE Subject Test Review Session 

      For FAQ about the GRE Subject Test please read here. During the spring semester of 2016 the AWM will be hosting a review session for the GRE Subject Test. More details coming soon but this will be the general outline. Thanks to our supportive faculty for helping us here!: We will also have a study group. To sign up for the mailing list please fill out this form.

      • Week 1: Friday, February 19, Calculus Problems by Professor Denoncourt 3pm-4pm Room NAC 5/142

      • Week 2: Thursday February 25, Calculus Problems by Professor Denoncourt 4pm-5pm Room NAC 5/142

      • Week 3: Monday, February 29, Set Theory and Topology Problems by Professor Ralph Kopperman 12:20pm-2pm Room Nac 5/148

      • Week 4: Tuesday March 8, Differential Equations Problems by Professor Davey 12pm-2pm Room NAC 4/157

      • Week 5: Tuesday March 15, Number Theory and Abstract Algebra Problems by Professor Feigon 12pm-2pm Room NAC 4/157

      • Week 6: Tuesday March 22,Complex Variables and Probability Problems by Professor Bak 12pm-1:30pm Room NAC 4/157

      • Week 7: Wednesday March 30, Linear Algebra Problems by Professor Medvedev 12pm-2pm Room NAC 4/157

      • Week 8: Tuesday April 5, Calculus Problems by Professor Bak 12pm-1:30pm Room NAC 4/157

      • Week 9: Monday, April 11, Combinatorics Problems by Professor Vatuk 12pm-1pm Room NAC 4/157

      • Week 10: Monday, May 2, Real Analysis Problems by Professor Wolf 12pm-2pm Room NAC 4/157


    • Monday, March 14, 12:00-1:50pm, Room NAC 6/268

      Pi Day!!!!!!!!!!

      On the afternoon of Monday, March 14, 2016, participate in pi-related activities. This comes on a very busy exam time, a time when everyone needs comfort, and what is more comforting than a mathematical constant? Oh, I know! A sweet dessert of the same name! Jokes aside, we have a lot of cool events. Join us!




    • Monday, February 22, 12:30-1:30pm, Room NAC 3/217


      Paper Folding Workshop, led by Prof. Sunita Vatuk

      Origami is the Japanese art of paper folding. In traditional origami, constructions are done using a single sheet of colored paper that is often, though not always, square. In modular origami, a number of individual "units," each folded from a single sheet of paper, are combined to form a compound structure.Many mathematical shapes can also be constructed, especially using modular origami. Join us to explore them!


Fall 2015 Events:


      • Wednesday, September 2, 12:30-1:30pm, Shepard Hall, Room 1, Conference Room

        Fall Welcome Meeting 

        Fall welcome meeting to introduce the chapter and leadership and discuss future goals and events. Pizza lunch will be provided. No RSVP necessary, but if you think you are likely to attend please let us know so we can order the appropriate amount of pizza.

      • Monday, October 5, 12:30-1:30pm, Shepard Hall, Room 1, SMART Classroom

        Dr. Kathrin Maurischat (Heidelberg University, Germany), 

        Dr. Maurischat will join us for an informal discussion about topics related to conducting math research and being a woman in math. Pizza lunch will be provided.

      • Tuesday, October 20, 12:00-2:00pm, Shepard Hall, Room 1, Conference Room

        Paper Folding Workshop, led by Prof. Sunita Vatuk


        Please see below for a handout from Prof. Sunita Vatuk on paper folding.

      • Monday, October 26, 12:30-1:00pm, Shepard Hall, Room 1, SMART Classroom

        Tai-Danae Bradley (CUNY Graduate Center), The Distribution of the Greatest Common Divisor of Gaussian Integers 

        I will discuss a research project I was involved in as a student at CCNY. In sum, we find asymptotics for the average norm of a pair of random Gaussian integers chosen uniformly and independently from the set of all Gaussian integers of norm x or less as x tends to infinity. We also present results for higher moments along with computational data which support results for the second, third, fourth, and fifth moments.

        Pizza lunch will be provided.


      • Monday, October 26, 1:00-1:45pm, Shepard Hall, Room 1, SMART Classroom

        Panel Discussion on Graduate School 

        We will have a panel discussion on applying for and being in graduate school in math. Our panelists will be Tai-Danae Bradley, a CCNY graduate and current PhD student at the Grad Center, Prof. Sean Cleary, Graduate Advisor for the CCNY Math Department and Prof. Blair Davey, an Assistant Professor in the CCNY Math Department. Pizza lunch will be provided.

      • Wednesday, December 2, Shepard Hall, Room 1, SMART Classroom

        Prof. Sunita Vatuk (CCNY), Kolams and Mathematical Thinking

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