AWM-SIAM Sonia Kovalevsky Lecture

Prize Specifications

Prize Specification

Principal Guidelines

This lecture is to be given annually at the SIAM Annual Meeting. The lecture is intended to highlight significant contributions of women to applied or computational mathematics.

Selection Committee

The Selection Committee consists of two members of the Association for Women in Mathematics (AWM) and two members of SIAM, appointed by the presidents of these organizations. One member of the committee will be named chair of the committee, with AWM and SIAM selecting the chair in alternate years. The committee will be formed one year in advance of the date the lecture is given. The committee's term is completed when the lecturer for that year is selected.

Selection Procedures


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


The AWM and SIAM offices will solicit nominations from members of the scientific community. Nomination materials should be submitted as per AWM guidance and are due about 10 months before the date of the lecture.

At the request of the nominator, nominations not selected for award can remain active for one additional year, and the nominator can update the application materials.

Committee's Selection

The committee should complete the choice of the lecturer at least eight months before the date of the meeting. The SIAM Council and the AWM Executive Committee will be notified of the final selection. The committee's report must be accompanied by a written justification and a citation of about 100 words that can be read when the speaker is introduced.

Description of the Award

The AWM President or their designee will introduce the Kovalevsky Lecturer. The award, consisting of a citation signed by the AWM president and the SIAM president and a monetary award of $1,000, will be presented at the SIAM Annual Meeting except in ICIAM years, when it is presented at ICIAM.

Announcements of the award shall be placed in the AWM Newsletter and SIAM News.

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.

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