Ruth I Michler Memorial Prize

The Ruth I Michler Memorial Prize of the AWM


The Ruth I Michler Memorial Prize of the Association for Women in Mathematics is awarded annually to a woman recently promoted to Associate Professor or an equivalent position in the mathematical sciences. The prize provides a fellowship for the awardee to spend a semester in the Mathematics Department of Cornell University without teaching obligations. It was first awarded so that the prize could be taken in the academic year 2007-2008. The website of the Association for Women in Mathematics states:-
Recently promoted associate professors face many challenges as they prepare to take on greater leadership in research and in the profession. The Ruth I Michler Memorial Prize will honour outstanding women at this stage of their careers and enable them to focus on their research in the stimulating environment of the Cornell University Mathematics Department.
Before listing winners of the Ruth I Michler Memorial Prize we should say a little about Ruth Ingrid Michler (1967-2000). Born in New York, United States, she was brought up in Tübingen, Giessen, and Essen in Germany before studying for her first degree in Oxford, England. There she was awarded the Jenkyns prize for her essay "Black Holes" advised by Roger Penrose. Returning to the United States she was awarded a Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1993 for her thesis Hodge components of cyclic homology of affine hypersurfaces. Appointed to the University of North Texas in Denton she began to earn an excellent international reputation with a series of outstanding papers. An enthusiastic runner she completed over 23 marathons in 6 years. Tragically, she was killed by a construction vehicle while waiting to cross a busy intersection near the Northeastern University campus where she was a visiting scholar.

Winners of the Ruth I Michler Memorial Prize:

2007-2008 Rebecca Goldin, George Mason University. Rebecca spent the fall semester of the 2007-2008 academic year at Cornell. The award was US $40,000, with an additional travel allowance provided by the Cornell University Mathematics Department.

2008-2009 Irina Mitrea, University of Virginia. Irina spent the fall semester of the 2008-2009 academic year at Cornell. The award was US $42,000, with an additional travel allowance provided by the Cornell University Mathematics Department.

2009-2010 Maria Gordina, University of Connecticut. Maria spent the spring semester of the 2009-2010 academic year at Cornell. The award was US $45,000, with an additional travel allowance provided by the Cornell University Mathematics Department.

2010-2011 Patricia Hersh, North Carolina State University. Patricia spent the fall semester of the 2010-2011 academic year at Cornell. The award was US $45,000, with an additional travel allowance provided by the Cornell University Mathematics Department.

2011-2012 Anna Mazzucato, Pennsylvania State University. Anna spent the spring semester of the 2011-2012 academic year at Cornell. The award was US $46,000, with an additional travel allowance provided by the Cornell University Mathematics Department.

2012-2013 Ling Long, Iowa State University. Ling spent the full 2012-2013 academic year at Cornell. The award was US $47,000, with an additional travel allowance provided by the Cornell University Mathematics Department.

2013-2014 Megumi Harada, MacMaster University. Megumi spent the spring semester of the 2014-2015 academic year at Cornell. The award was US $47,000, with an additional travel allowance provided by the Cornell University Mathematics Department.

2014-2015 Sema Salur, University of Rochester. Sema spent the spring semester of the 2014-2015 academic year at Cornell. The award was US $47,000, with an additional travel allowance provided by the Cornell University Mathematics Department.

2015-2016 Malabika Pramanik, University of British Columbia. Malabika spent the spring semester of the 2015-2016 academic year at Cornell. The award was US $47,000, with an additional travel allowance provided by the Cornell University Mathematics Department.

2016-2017 Pallavi Dani, Louisiana State University. Pallavi spent the spring semester of the 2016-2017 academic year at Cornell. The award was US $47,000, with an additional travel allowance provided by the Cornell University Mathematics Department.

2017-2018 Julia Gordon, University of British Columbia. Julia will spend the spring semester of the 2017-2018 academic year at Cornell. The award is US $47,000 with an additional travel allowance provided by the Cornell University Mathematics Department.


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