The Cornell Student Chapter
of the 
Association for Women in Mathematics


The goal of the Cornell Student Chapter of the Association for Women in Mathematics is three-fold:

The Cornell Student Chapter was established in 2011 and is supported by Cornell's Department of Mathematics.  Our "parent" organization is the Association for Women in Mathematics.

Please note: men are welcome! The title of our group is the Association FOR Women in Mathematics -- and NOT the Association OF Women in Mathematics. As such, any member of the Cornell community who is "for" women in mathematics will be welcome at all chapter events.

Events - Fall 2012

(All events are in Malott Hall's 5th floor lounge and open to all members of the Cornell community unless otherwise specified.) 

Graduate School Discussion. Wednesday, Oct. 3 at 3pm
Prof. Reyer Sjamaar, Director of Graduate Studies, and Melissa Totman, Graduate Field Assistant, will lead a discussion on the structure and goals of mathematics graduate school aimed at undergraduate sophomores and juniors considering their post-graduation options.  We strongly encourage anyone who is considering pursuing a graduate degree in mathematics or a related field to attend!

Ice Cream Float Social.   Wednesday, Aug. 29 at 3 p.m. 
Enjoy ice cream float with other members of the Cornell community who are interested in math and the role of women in math!

Tea Time Tiny Talks
. every Wednesday at 3 p.m..
These short presentations are designed to be both fun and accessible to undergraduate students.  Faculty, graduate students, and especially undergraduates are encouraged to give these talks.  The aim of this talk series both to create a climate in which math is "fun" and to give students an opportunity to practice speaking about a math-related topic of their choice in public.  If you are interested in giving a Tea Time Tiny Talk, please email Kristine Jones, chapter vice president, at

September 5
Speaker: Prof. Ed Swartz 

Title: Poyltopes and Patterns
Abstract: We will count the vertices, edges and faces of n-sided polygons, a cube, a tetrahedron, an octahedron, and many other polytopes.  We will see what patterns arise, and discuss how geometry can be used to prove those properties in general.  If time permits, we may talk about origami and polytopes.

September 12
Speaker: Kristine Jones
Title: A Mathematical Card Trick
Abstract: We will look at a certain class of "find the card"-type tricks in the context of cycles and fixed-points.

September 19
Speaker: Kathryn Lindsey
Title: The Joy of Julia Sets
Abstract: Julia sets are a type of fractal which arise when studying dynamical systems.  We will look at examples of Julia sets and share a recipe for how to "cook up" Julia sets in different shapes.

September 26
Speaker: Ana Rita Pires
Title: There's Some Math in My Origami
Abstract:  If you unfold an origami model, you get a piece of paper with lots of creases on it.  But given a crease pattern on a piece of paper, when can you fold it into a flat origami model?  I'll count angles, and lines, and fold things, and there will be many pictures.

October 3, No Talk
In lieu of a tiny talk this week, there will be a discussion about math graduate school aimed at sophomores and juniors, led by Prof. Reyer Sjamar and Melissa Totman, the Director of Graduate Studies and Graduate Field Assistant for the Cornell Math Department.

October 10
Speaker: Radoslav Zlatev
Title: Informally on Curves
Abstract: Curves, so easy to think about naively, are intricate to define.  Basic properties such as smoothness and dimension are tough to define throughout math, even with the use of linear algebra.

October 17
Speaker: Voula Collins
Title: English Bell Ringing from a Mathematical Perspective
Abstract: Change ringing is a type of bell ringing originating in England that involves ringing sets of bells in all of their permutations.  We will discuss how this can be modeled as a graph theory problem.

October 24
Speaker: Prof. Allen Knutson
Title: Placing Pretty Puzzle Pieces
Abstract: I'll talk about a tiling problem of an equilateral triangle using two kinds of puzzle pieces.  Each resulting puzzle induces a labeling of the boundary of the big triangle, and the main questions are, which boundaries can arise, and how many different ways?  These numbers turn out to have amazing multiplicative and recursive properties.

October 31
Speaker: Prof. Tara Holm
Title: Topology and Trousers
Abstract: Topologists are mathematicians who cannot distinguish a coffee cup from a doughnut.  I will illustrate the kinds of problems topologists like to solve, and some of the invariants they might use to do so.  I will conclude with an answer to the age-old questions, "Can you turn your trousers inside out without taking them off?"

November 7
Speaker: Prof. Mike Stillman
Title: Cool Computations with Cubic Curves
Abstract: I will talk about the group law on elliptic curves (cubic plane curves) and finding rational solutions too.

November 14
Speaker: Rodrigo Trevino
Title: Burritos and Bouncy Billiards

November 21, no meeting

November 28, TBA


We encourage you to join in one of two categories of involvement: participants and members. Please email chapter treasurer Voula Collins at if you would like to be added to either of these groups. 

Participant: You join our email list and will receive email invitations to all chapter events.  

Member:  You attend most AWM chapter events and take an active role in running and promoting the chapter.  You pay a small annual dues (TBA, approx. $5).  Benefits of membership include a vote in chapter elections and free membership to our parent organization, the AWM.  


Our Pi Day Celebration got some great media coverage.  Our thanks to everyone who participated! 

Cornell Chronicle Article

Ithaca Journal Article

CornellCast Video

Initiatives / Committees

  • Mentoring Program in Mathematics - LINK
Co-directors Amy Cochran and Joel Nishimura

Chapter Officers

Kathryn Lindsey

Ph.D. Candidate, Mathematics

Kristine Jones

Vice President 
Ph.D. Candidate, Mathematics

Voula Collins

Ph.D. Candidate, Mathematics

Amy Cochran 

Ph.D. Candidate, Center for Applied Mathematics

Prof. Karen Vogtmann

Faculty Advisor 
Professor of Mathematics