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NSF Mathematics Institutes Present

Spring Opportunities Workshop for Women in the Mathematical Sciences

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


Conference photo.

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

Graduate students and PhD's in the early stages of their post-graduate careers are invited to apply to attend. Support is available for travel and lodging to the workshop, and registration is free. The workshop is expected to start at 3 p.m. on April 9 and end in the afternoon of April 11.

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

Due to space constraints, attendance at this workshop is by invitation only. Other interested persons may participate in this workshop remotely via Live Streaming. Only the keynote speaker's talk and reception, at the University Center on April 10, are open to the general public.

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

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
Kelly Sturner, NIMBioS

Contact Us
For further information, please contact Kelly Sturner, Education and Outreach Coordinator, NIMBioS (email: or Dr. Suzanne Lenhart, Associate Director of Education and Outreach, NIMBioS (email: