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AWM-SIAM Sonia Kovalevsky Lecture

This joint prize was established in 2002 to honor Sonia Kovalevsky and her work on the theory of differential equations. It is awarded to anyone in the scientific or engineering community whose work highlights the achievements of women in applied and computational mathematics. Nominations can be submitted via the AWM website.

Nomination Deadline: October 1, 2019

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Prize Description


Prize Description

The AWM-SIAM Sonia Kovalevsky Lecture is awarded annually by the Association for Women in Mathematics (AWM) and SIAM to highlight significant contributions of women to applied or computational mathematics. The lecture is normally given at the SIAM Annual Meeting.


Eligibility Criteria

The lectureship may be awarded to anyone in the scientific or engineering community whose work highlights the achievements of women in applied or computational mathematics.


Required Materials

  • Nominator’s letter of recommendation outlining the candidate’s contributions
  • Publications list of some of the candidate’s most important research papers
  • Citation of about 100 words that may be read when introducing the lecturer
  • CV of the candidate (not to exceed three pages)

Winner Announcement

Congratulations to the 2019 winner, Catherine Sulem, who received the award at ICIAM 2019, in Valencia, Spain. Learn more about her accomplishments.

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Prize Details

Prize Details

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About the Award


About the AWM-SIAM Sonia Kovalevsky Lecture


The award consists of a plaque containing the citation and signed by the AWM President and the SIAM President. Reasonable travel expenses for the lecturer to the award ceremony will be shared by AWM and SIAM. In addition, the registration fee for the meeting will be waived for the lecturer.

Award Date

The AWM-SIAM Sonia Kovalevsky Lecture will next be awarded at the 2020 SIAM Annual Meeting.


Award Presentation

The award will be presented jointly by the presidents at the SIAM Annual Meeting. Announcements of the award will appear in the AWM Newsletter and SIAM News.


Additional Information

To learn more about the AWM-SIAM Sonia Kovalevsky Lecture, visit the Association for Women in Mathematics (AWM) website.

Prize History



Prize History

Selection Committee

Irene Gamba (Chair)
University of Texas at Austin
Heike Fassbender
Technische Universität Braunschweig
Helen Moore
AstraZeneca
Yuriko Renardy
Virginia Tech

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Selection Committee

Ami Radunskaya
Pomona College
Margaret Cheney
Colorado State University
Irene Gamba
University of Texas at Austin
Helen Moore
Bristol-Myers Squibb

2016 Lisa J. Fauci
2015 Linda J. S. Allen
2014 Irene M. Gamba
2013 Margaret Cheney
2012 Barbara Lee Keyfitz
2011 Susanne C. Brenner
2010 Suzanne Lenhart
2009 Andrea Bertozzi
2008 Dianne O'Leary
2007 Lai-Sang Young
2006 Irene Fonseca
2005 Ingrid Daubechies
2004 Joyce R. McLaughlin
2003 Linda R. Petzold

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