Dr. Sarah's Fall 1999 Women in Math - A Course with Significant Mathematical Content

See also Spring 2001 Women and Minorities in Math - A Course with Significant Mathematical Content

Hypatia 370?-415 The first woman mathematician about whom we have any biographical knowledge and knowledge of her work.

Sonia Kovalevsky 1850-1891 The first woman to receive a doctorate in mathematics (in 1874 at the University of Gottingen).

Winifred Edgerton Merrill 1862-1951 The first woman to receive a doctorate in mathematics in the U.S. (in 1886 at Columbia University).

Evelyn Boyd Granville 1924- One of the 1st 2 African-American women to receive a doctorate in mathematics (in 1949 at Yale University).

Cathleen S. Morawetz 1923-Many firsts, including the first woman mathematician to win a National Medal of Science (in 1998).

Karen K. Uhlenbeck 1942- Many firsts, including the first of two women to receive a MacArthur Fellowship (in 1982), and the 2nd woman to speak at ICM (in 1990)

Ingrid Daubechies 1954- The first woman mathematician to become a full professor at Princeton University (1993).

Katherine Okikiolu 1965- The first person of African descent to win a Sloan Research Fellowship in mathematics. She also won the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers. (in 1997)

Melanie Wood 1981- First woman U.S. math olympiad team member - tied for first-place spot. (1998) She won a silver medalist in the world competition.

  • Class Highlights Includes daily classroom activities, nightly reading assignments and paper due dates
  • Paper 1 - The 18th and 19th Centuries
  • Paper 2 - Women Mathematicians Born 1900-1925
  • Paper 3 - Women Mathematicians Born after 1925
  • Final Web Project
  • Dr. Sarah's Schedule Lists office hours
  • Syllabus and Grading Policies Includes course goals
  • For teachers interested in a women in mathematics course with portions dedicated to both mathematics content and equity issues.
  • Info on folders and references in the women in math course
  • MathFest 2000 Talk includes info for teachers on time and effort spent in the women in math course and on what the students learned.
  • Spring 2001 Women and Minorities in Math - A Course with Significant Mathematical Content includes detailed info on all aspects of the course.
  • Thanks to Dr. Helen Moore and Dr. Edith Prentice Mendez for help and advice!
    Thanks to the American Mathematical Society (AMS) for providing a free copy of MathSciNet for use in our class!
    Work on this course was partially supported as part of the undergraduate education component of an NSF ROA (Research Opportunity Award) on the spectrum of orbifolds with Carolyn Gordon
    Thanks to the Department of Mathematics, the Interdisciplinary Studies Department, and the Women's Studies Program at Appalachian State University for funding and supporting my course.

    E-mail Dr. Sarah Greenwald at greenwaldsj@appstate.edu with questions or comments about these web pages.