YSU’s Women’s Math Group Earns National Recognition

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Members of a Youngstown State University women’s mathematics group won national recognition for the group’s efforts to mentor students and promote mathematics on campus.

Twelve students representing the YSU Association for Women in Mathematics student chapter accepted the AWM’s inaugural Professional Development Award at the national organization’s MathFest Conference July 28 in Chicago.

“When I came to YSU five years ago, we had only four or five female students active in department events and research. This year, YSU took 17 students to Math Fest and 14 were female,” said club co-adviser Alicia Prieto Langarica, associate professor of mathematics and statistics.

The YSU-AWM members scheduled a succession of math-centered events on the school calendar throughout the year, including a student-mentoring program, a Women’s History Month Colloquium and a Women in Math Trivia Day. The group also put together an event at the College of Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics to encourage a more inclusive environment in STEM programs.

The Professional Development Award, developed to recognize a student chapter for its recruitment efforts and development of students’ professional involvement in mathematics, is one of four new student awards the AWM plans to award to student chapters annually.

Club officers leading the 2016-17 projects include: Monica Busser, president; Gabbie Van Scoy, vice-president; Emily Hoopes, secretary; Maddie Cope and Alyssa Adams, co-treasurers. Other co-advisers of the group are Angela Spalsbury, professor and chair, and Julie Seitz, director of mathematics and statistics.

Pictured from left: Ami Radunskaya, AWM’s president, standing with students: Monica Busser, Jacquelyn Chapman, Sarah Elizabeth Odidika, Julie Phillips, Natalie Halivik, Mirella Boulus, Lexi Rager, Alanis Chew, Hannah Haynie, Ashley Amendol, Sarah O’Kane and Christine Langer.

SOURCE: YSU News Center

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