Feb 22, 2012 - Claremont, Calif. - The Association for Women in Mathematics (AWM) has chosen Jennifer Iglesias ’12 as the runner-up for its 2012 Alice T. Schafer Prize for Excellence in Mathematics by an Undergraduate Woman.
“I am deeply honored and would like to thank the AWM not only for this award but also for their devotion to mentoring and nurturing women mathematicians,” Iglesias said. “There are many people who have helped and encouraged me to pursue mathematics, and I am truly grateful for all the Harvey Mudd professors for all their awesome teaching and support.”
Iglesias scored in the top 500 on the 2011 Putnam exam and placed 86th out of more than 300 participants at the 2011 International Mathematics Competition in Bulgaria. She also received the math department’s highest honor, the Giovanni Borrelli Mathematics Prize for an outstanding senior mathematician.
Her work on two mathematical Research Experience for Undergraduates projects led to the development of four manuscripts, which her prize recommenders advise will “almost certainly lead to publication in research journals.” Iglesias has presented her research at the Nebraska Conference for Undergraduate Women and the 2011 Joint Mathematics Meetings.
She shares her passion for the discipline through teaching and mentoring others, including work with MathPath, a mathematics enrichment camp for middle school students, service as a student coach for the nation’s China Girls Math Olympiad team and volunteering for the Mathematics Olympiad Summer Program.
The Schafer Prize was established in 1990 to honor Alice T. Schafer, one of the AWM founders and its second president, who contributed greatly to the advancement of women in mathematics. Prize recipients—including runners-up and honorable mentions—are selected based upon their performance in math courses, special programs and mathematical competitions, along with the ability to do independent work and demonstrate a genuine interest in mathematics.
The Association for Women in Mathematics (AWM) has chosen Jennifer Iglesias ’12 as the runner-up for its 2012 Alice T. Schafer Prize for Excellence in Mathematics by an Undergraduate Woman.
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