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Volunteer with WiM at the CSE Expo
Friday, April 25, 2014, 9 AM - 2:30 PM in the Church Street/Northrop area - The undergraduate women in math group is hosting a table at the CSE Expo and they need lots of volunteers to make origami and play with tangrams with middle schoolers. Contact Megan Rubbelke if you're interested.

Distinguished Women Scientists and Engineers Speaker
Thursday, April 24, 2014, 3:35 - 4:30 pm. Vincent Hall 16 - Professor Suncica Canic, Department of Mathematics, University of Houston, will lecture on Mathematical Challenges in Cardiovascular Applications. See the abstract for this and other events in Mathematics Seminars and Colloquia.

Lunch and Talk with Suncica Canic
Wednesday, April 23, 2014, 12:30-2 pm. Walter Library, Room 402 - Professor Suncica Canic is visiting as part of the CSE Distinguished Women Scientists and Engineers program. This lunch is a chance for undergraduate and graduate students to meet Professor Canic and hear about her career in mathematics.

Jasmine Foo at the CSE Lunch/Networking Event
Friday, April 4, 2014, 12-1:15 PM in Walter 101 - Our own Assistant Professor Jasmine Foo will be speaking at the CSE Women's Lunch/Networking Event. RSVP to wim at math dot umn dot edu.

Women in STEM Mixer
Friday March 28, 2014, 3:30-5 PM in STSS Meet women in other STEM fields at this mixer. There will be food, games, and an opportunity for community service.

Faculty, Post-doc, and Grad Student Tea
Wednesday, March 26, 2014, 2:15-3 PM in Vincent 120 - Women in the department will gather to snack, share social time, and discuss future activities.


Welcome (Back) Luncheon
Friday, September 6, 2013, 12:20-1:10 PM in Vincent 120 - Come out to meet our new grad students and TWO new female assistant professors, and chat about how the first week of classes has been.

Lunch and Talk with Professor Mary Ann Horn
Friday, May 3, 2013, 1:25 PM in Vincent 570 - Professor Mary Ann Horn is a program director at the National Science Foundation, focusing in applied math, mathematical biology, and research institutes like the IMA. She will speak to us about the NSF and about the path her career has taken to lead her there.

Lunch with Anna Mazzucato
Friday, March 8, 2013, 12:00 noon in Walter 101 - Join us for lunch with Professor Mazzucato and other women in the department!

Question and Answer Session with Anna Mazzucato
Friday, March 8, 2013, 10:10 am in Ford 127 - As part of CSE's Distinguished Women Scientists and Engineers program, Professor Anna Mazzucato of Penn State is visiting the department this week. Come to the Q & A session to ask Professor Mazzucato about her career in math.


Women in CSE Go Bowling
Wenesday, December 12, 2012, 4-6 pm in Goldy's Gameroom - Graduate women from all CSE departments are invited to meet, network, and bowl.

Graduate Women in Math Social Hour at The Library
Friday, November 30, 2012, 6:00 pm Catch up with your fellow women in math away from Vincent Hall at this informal, social event.

Meet Professor Jasmine Foo
Friday, November 9, 2012, 11:00 am in Vincent 209 - Following her talk at the Mathematical Biology Seminar at 10, Professor Foo will meet with graduate women in math.

Join UMTYMP Girls' Night Out at the IMA Public Lecture
Tuesday, October 16, 2012, 7:00pm in Willey Hall 175 - Kristin Lauter of Microsoft Research is giving an IMA public lecture titled "Private Data, Public Computation" at 7:00 pm in Willey Hall 175, and the girls of UMTYMP are going. Undergrad and grad students who are interested in joining the teens for pizza at 6:15 should contact Maggie Ewing at

WIM Pizza Luncheon
Tuesday, October 2nd, 12:20-1:10PM - We ate pizza, played set, and got to know othe women in math. Photos

Dosdall Fellowship Information Session
Thursday, September 27, 2012, 12:45pm in Physics 210 - Professor Dick McGehee will give a brief presentation about the Louise Dosdall fellowship, which is awarded to female graduate students in STEM fields.


Apple Picking with WIM

Saturday, October 8th, 1:00-4:00PM In an attempt to enjoy the few weekends before winter sets in, we are going apple picking at Whistling Well Farm. We will meet in Vincent Hall, and carpool to Afton. In addition to apple picking, there will be opportunities for pumpkin picking and purchasing baked goods. Admission is free, apples are not.

Breakfast with Professor Natalia Nikolova

Friday, October 7th, 8:30-10:00AM, in Kenneth Keller Hall 4-178A The CSE Women's Graduate Group is hosting a breakfast meeting with Prof. Natalia Nikolova. This event is for women graduate students, postdocs and professors. Prof. Nikolova from the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, McMaster University, is visiting the campus to give a presentation titled 'Microwave near-field Imaging of Human Tissue: Hopes, Challenges, Outlook' at the Electrical and Computer Engineering Colloquium on October 6th.

Self-defense Workshop for Women in Science and Engineering

Thursday, April 14th, from 4:30 to 6:30, in room 325 Coffman. The workshop leaders, Mary Brandl and Anita Bendickson, will give an overview of self-defense techniques, including non-physical ones such as strong body language and awareness of the surroundings, options that could keep a situation from ever becoming a physical attack, but also physical techniques such as kicking or punching.

The dress code is loose fitting but don't be discouraged to come if you forget about that. Showing up late or leaving early is totally fine if you can't make it to the entire event.

WIM Lunch with Yulia Hristova

Friday, April 15th at 12:05 in VinH 120. For the semester's last Women in Mathematics lunch, we will be joined by Yulia Hristova, a postdoctoral student at the IMA. Yulia was a graduate student at Texas A&M, but has also studied in Italy and Bulgaria, so she will talk about her academic path through these places, and about her research in computational mathematics. Delicious boxed lunches will be available to those who RSVP.

Film screening: Top Secret Rosies: The Female Computers of WWII

Thursday, February 24th, 5:00-6:00 pm in 130 Murphy Hall. The Institute for Mathematics and its Applications is organizing a screening of Top Secret Rosies: The Female Computers of WWII this Thursday. This documentary tells the story of four women mathematicians working as human 'computers', presenting their exhilarating successes in aiding the war effort and the moral dilemmas they faced. The event is completely free, and refreshments will be kindly provided by the IMA. If you plan to attend, please RSVP to Alexandra Ortan.


WIM Lunch with Fengyan Li and Chiu-Yen Kao

Wednesday, November 17th at 12:15, in Vincent Hall 120. Professor Li is an assistant professor of mathematics at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and Professor Kao is an assistant professor of mathematics at The Ohio State University, and both are IMA visitors this year. The lunch is meant to be informal, so bring along any questions you might have about graduate life, academia, or whatever you can think of.

Please RSVP if you plan to attend.

Meeting colloquium speaker Rachel Ward

Tuesday, November 16th at 4:30, in Vincent Hall 16. The next colloquium speaker will be Rachel Ward, a postdoctoral student at the Courant Institute, and she will be meeting some of the women graduate students after her talk.

Women in IT pizza lunch

Tuesday, November 9th at 12:00, in 210 Civil Engineering. The College of Science and Engineering is organizing their second Women in IT pizza lunch of the semester this coming Tuesday. The speaker will be Jo Miller, CEO of Women’s Leadership Coaching Inc., and she will discuss leadership skills and establishing a reputation in a male-dominated environment.

WIM Lunch with Nilima Nigam

Wednesday, November 3rd at 12:15, in Vincent Hall 120. Professor Nilima Nigam from Simon Fraser University will share with us some of her experience navigating the academic world while we share with her some crispy, greasy pizza!

Please RSVP if you plan to attend.

Women in IT pizza lunch

Friday, October 22nd at 12:00, in room 101, Walter Library. Professor Kristi Kiick from the University of Delaware will be the speaker for this pizza lunch. Professor Kiick is an Associate Professor of Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Delaware and joined the faculty in August 2001. Her current research programs are focused on combining bio-synthetic techniques, chemical methods, and bio-inspired assembly strategies for the production of novel polymer architectures with advanced multifunctional behaviors. If you plan to attend, please let Alexandra Ortan know by Wednesday at noon, so we can plan enough pizza.

Proof: theater performance and post-show discussion

Sunday, September 19th at 4pm at the People's Center Theater. Proof is a play that's centered around a young woman who struggles to establish herself as mathematician in the shadow of her late father, a world renowned mathematician. After the show, there will be a discussion involving the audience about the realities of women in mathematics.

Proof: pre-show discussion

Wednesday, September 1st, 7-8pm, at the Pillsbury House Theater. The Phoenix Theater Project is rehearsing for a performance of Proof, a play about a young woman mathematician and her relationship with her mathematician father. The company have invited us to a pre-show discussion aimed at helping them better address the issues of women in mathematics through their play. Those interested in participating to the discussion will get free tickets for the show.

WIM Lunch with Becca Thomases

Tuesday, May 4th at 12:05, in room 404, Walter Library. To make your end of semester so much more enjoyable, what better than an informal lunch talk? This time, our guest is Becca Thomases, professor of mathematics at University of California, Davis. Becca is interested in PDE's and fluids, so her talk will cover some of that. However, she has told me she intends to keep it a bit light, so it sounds like it will be a fun talk to attend. You can take a look at her abstract below. As usual, we'll have lunch boxes, so you need to let me (Alexandra Ortan) know if you want to attend.
Fluids, fluidity, and flow: My life and math (so far). Since this is the last talk of the semester and I was told I could talk about my research or my life or whatever I decided to think a little bit about my life so far and how math has often been a path leading me through my life as I flow along. I am an assistant professor at UC Davis and I study partial differential equations using analysis and numerics. I am most interested in fluids, solids, and in between and I do like to "go with the flow" and let the questions that guide me unfold along the way. I will talk a little bit about how I came to be where I am both in life and in math. I hope to encourage questions and discussion about what it means to you to be a "woman in math."

Women in IT pizza lunch

Friday, April 30th at 12:00, in room 101, Walter Library. The next women in IT lunch speaker will be Joanne Moody, a graduate of the University of Minnesota Chemical Engineering Department who has worked at 3M, Raychem, Endosonics, Boston Scientific, small companies, and Zeta Scientific LLC (a consulting firm). Please let me know if you plan to attend by Wednesday. As usual, there will be free pizza!

Women in IT pizza lunch

Thursday, April 6th at 12:00, in room 3-180, EE/CSCI. Another Women in IT pizza lunch is coming up this Thursday, preceded by a pizza lunch in EE/CSCI 3-176. The speaker, Margaret Rossiter, author of two prize-winning books on the history of women in science in the US, will be giving a talk discussing patterns of women's access to science since 1970 and implications for the future.

Women in IT pizza lunch

Friday, March 12th at 12:00, in room 101, Walter Library. The Institute of Technology is hosting its second pizza lunch presentation. This week's speaker is Rebecca Ellis, who was trained as a Mechanical Engineer and is the Founder and President of Questions & Solutions Engineering. Please confirm your attendance by Wednesday at noon.

WIM Lunch with Kara Maki

Thursday, February 18th at 12:05, in room 404, Walter Library. For this WIM lunch discussion, we will be joined by Kara Maki, a current postdoctoral student at the IMA. Kara is actively interested in the topic of women in mathematics, and, having participated in a number of workshops on the subject, she will share some of the things she has learned with us. This meeting is meant to be rather informal, so feel free to ask questions and bring up ideas you might want to discuss.


WIM in IT pizza lunch

Friday, November 13th, 12:00-1:00, Walter Library 101. The Institute of Technology is hosting the semester's last pizza lunch presentation this Friday. This week's speaker is Marie Lopez del Puerto, an assistant professor in Physics at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul. Marie recently finished up her Ph.D in physics here at the University of Minnesota in 2008. If you are interested, let Alexandra Ortan know by Wednesday at noon.

WIM lunch with Yuriko Renardy

Friday, November 6th, 12:00-1:00, Walter Library 404. Professor Yuriko Renardy, an IMA visitor this year, has agreed to join us for an informal lunch tomorrow, Friday at 12:00. Yuriko is currently a professor at Virginia Tech, but has also held positions at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and at the U, and has been a visitor in various other places. The lunch will be very informal, providing a good opportunity us to ask any career-related (or unrelated) questions you can think of. If you are interested, let Alexandra Ortan know as soon as possible, as places are limited.

Invited Speaker: Monika Nitsche

Friday, October 23rd, 12:00-1:00, Vincent Hall 570. Professor Monika Nitsche, from the Uiversity of New Mexico, will give presentation about her work in the numerical study of fluid flows, as well as answer questions about her experience as a woman in mathematics. Professor Nitsche is currently an IMA visitor in the context of their thematic year in Complex Fluids and Complex Flows.

Women in IT Pizza Lunch

Friday, October 9th, 12:00-1:00, Walter Library 101. As they have done for a few years now, the Institute of Technology is organizing monthly pizza lunches for women graduate students and postdocs. These lunches feature a brief talk by women faculty, researchers, or grad students, usually about what it's like to be a female working or studying in a technical field and balancing professional and personal life. This Friday, the speaker will be Professor Susan Mantell from the Department of Mechanical Engineering. Professor Mantell has earned her PhD in 1981 from Stanford, and is curently Associate Department Head in the department of Mechanical Engineering, so she has a lot of experience to share about studying and working as a woman in a technical field.

If you are interested in coming, you should RSVP to Marilyn Nelson (, to make sure you'll have your slice of pizza :). And if you want to hang out with the other women in math, we'll be meeting in the Vincent Hall lobby at 11:50 on Friday and walk together to Walter Library.

Invited Speaker: Hannah Callender

IMA Postdoc, Career Advice - April 9, 2009.

Grad Planning Discussion

Friday, February 20 from 3:45 - 5:30 pm, Vincent Hall 570, The WIM (Women In Mathematics) and the AWM (The Association for Women in Mathematics) U of MN Chapter, will be holding a discussion for undergraduates who are interested in graduate school. The panel will consist of 7 current graduate students (Samantha, Jessica, Esther, Erin, Lu, Kaisa, and myself) in the U of MN Mathematics program. The panelists are both pure and applied mathematicians and are all at different stages of the program. Professor Carme Calderer will also be present to provide her opinions. We plan to discuss topics such as:
  • how to prepare for graduate school (i.e., what undergraduate courses to take)
  • graduate student lifestyle (i.e., what courses do we take, what are our responsibilities as TAs, how we do research)
  • career options for math PhDs
  • as well as other questions the undergraduates may have

If you are interested in attending and have "not" yet notified me of this, please let me Catherine Micek, know by Monday, February 16. Please note that we do not have any graduate students from Financial Mathematics or Math Education, so this panel willnot be addressing questions specific to those programs.

Hope to see dome of you there!

Catherine A. Micek
Graduate Assistant, U of MN Mathematics Department

Update: Photos from the grad school planning event are now online.

Movie Night

Saturday, January 31 at 7:00 pm, Coffman Union, AWM (The Association for Women in Mathematics) U of M Chapter startup event, movie "The Express". Socialize afterwards at "Gophers After Dark" (more info at

Free and open to all University of Minnesota students; be sure to bring your student ID and arrive a little early so that you can meet up with the group and we can sit together.

If you are interested, please let Catherine Micek, know so she has a rough estimate of how many people will attend. Hope to see you there!

Catherine A. Micek
Graduate Assistant, U of MN Mathematics Department


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