Institute for Advanced Study, School of Mathematics

Program ID: IAS-WAM21 [#1004]
Program Title: Women and Mathematics 2021
Program Type: Other
Program Location: Princeton, New Jersey 08540, United States [map]
Subject Area: Representation Theory: Categories & Combinatorics
Application Deadline: 2021/02/18 11:59PMhelp popup** finished (2020/10/05, finished 2021/04/12)
Program Description:    

*** this program has been closed and new applications are no longer accepted. ***


The Women and Mathematics Program (WAM) at the Institute for Advanced Study is an annual program with the mission to recruit and retain more women in mathematics. WAM aims to counter the initial imbalance in the numbers of men and women entering mathematics training as well as the higher attrition rate of female mathematicians compared to their male counterparts at every critical transition stage in mathematical careers. WAM encourages female mathematicians to form collaborative research relationships and to become active in a vertical mentoring network spanning a continuum from undergraduates to emerita professors, which provides support and reduces the sense of isolation experienced by many women in mathematics. While there are a number of women's programs targeted solely at undergraduates, or graduate students, or postdocs, very few programs provide the depth and breadth that come from simultaneously including features tailored for undergraduate students, graduate students, and researchers from a broad spectrum of US institutions, all in one united community of scholars, as WAM does.


There are three levels of participants:

  • undergraduate students at the junior and senior levels
  • graduate students at all levels
  • postdoctoral researchers, young faculty, early career researchers and industry

Funding: (Program may be virtual, hybrid or on campus. If accepted to the program your offer letter will spell out the details of the funding offered dependent on virtual or not)

  • Lodging in apartments on or near the IAS campus.
  • All meals
  • Reimbursement for travel
  • Childcare fund has been created to cover costs of dependent child care so participants with children can more easily attend the program.  More information can be found here:

Accepted participants: 

Limited funding is available for stipends and/or equipment reimbursement (e.g., WiFi connection, tablet, software, etc.) for accepted participants who are experiencing a hardship and would not otherwise be able to participate in the program.  If you are experiencing a hardship and would like to request financial support, please send a detailed justification as to why funding is necessary to attend the program to Funding decisions will be determined on a rolling basis and requesters will be notified via email as soon as possible.


TERNG COURSE: One year of algebra, including groups, group actions, rings, and modules. Optional: group algebras, bimodules, combinatorics of integer partitions or Young diagrams.

UHLENBECK COURSE: Strong background in algebra and some familiarity with categories (additive,abelian, etc.). Optional: categories of modules over (not necessarily commutative) rings.

**Undergraduates and Beginner Graduates must submit a transcript.  Advanced graduates and postdocs do not have to submit a transcript.

Application Materials Required:
Submit the following items online at this website to complete your application:
Further Info:
(609) 734-8115
Women and Mathematics
Institute for Advanced Study
Einstein Drive
Princeton, New Jersey 08540