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Spring Opportunities Workshop for Women in the Mathematical Sciences

April 9-11, 2014, at NIMBioS, University of Tennessee, Knoxville

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This workshop familiarized women in the mathematical sciences with professional opportunities in academics, industry and government labs to help them thrive in mathematics-related fields.

Graduate students and PhD's in the early stages of their post-graduate careers were invited to apply to attend. Support was available for travel and lodging to the workshop, and registration was free.

Speakers, panelists and discussion leaders were women in research and management positions in industry and government labs as well as women in academia. Participants were encouraged to present a poster on their research.

Workshop Agenda   (pdf)

Workshop Participants   (pdf)

Keynote Seminar. Nicole Else-Quest, Psychology, Univ. of Maryland, Baltimore County
    Attitudes, Not Aptitude: Understanding the Roots of Gender Gaps
    4 p.m. Thursday, April 10, 2014, Shiloh Room, University Center, Univ. of Tennessee   (PDF flyer)
Video icon. Video of Keynote Seminar

Presentations were available for viewing via live streaming during the workshop A live chat took place via Twitter with the hashtag #womenWS.
Video icon.Playlist of available videos

Featuring talks, panels and breakout groups led by:

  • Julia Barnes, Western Carolina Univ., Associate Director Project NExT
  • Susmita Datta, Professor, Biostatistics and Bioinformatics, Univ. of Louisville, President of the Caucus for Women in Statistics (2013-14)
  • Kate Evans, Scientist, Computational Earth Sciences, Oak Ridge National Laboratory,
  • Sarah Fleming, Belmont Univ.
  • Christine Heitsch, Associate Professor of Mathematics, Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Amy Herring, Professor, Biostatistics, Univ. of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
  • Mary Ann Horn, Program Officer, Division of Mathematical Sciences, National Science Foundation and Adjoint Professor, Vanderbilt Univ.
  • Helen Moore, Senior Scientific Consultant, Certara, Sunnyvale CA
  • Samantha Tracht, IBM Watson Solutions
  • Rebecca Tyson, Univ. of British Columbia, Okanagan

Sponsored by: NIMBioS (National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis), SAMSI (Statistical and Applied Mathematical Sciences Institute), and the NSF Mathematical Sciences Diversity Committee, in cooperation with the Association for Women in Mathematics (AWM).

Descriptive flyer (pdf)

Spring Opportunities Workshop 2014 Organizing Committee:

Ruth Charney, Brandeis Univ. and President of AWM
Snehalata Huzurbazar, Univ. of Wyoming, North Carolina State Univ., and SAMSI
Suzanne Lenhart, Univ. of Tennessee and NIMBioS
Joan Lind, Univ. of Tennessee
Greg Wiggins, NIMBioS

Blog Post: Women in Math Focus of Workshop

Evaluation report

Contact Us
For further information, please contact Greg Wiggins, Education and Outreach Coordinator, NIMBioS (email: or Suzanne Lenhart, Associate Director for Education and Outreach, NIMBioS (email:

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