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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, 2022

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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)

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Selection Committee

Selection Committee

Chair

Rosemary Renaut
Arizona State University

Members

Fioralba Cakoni
Rutgers University
Andrea R. Nahmod
University of Massachusetts Amherst
Jennifer Ryan
KTH Royal Institute of Technology

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 along with a monetary award of $2,000. 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 ICIAM 2023.


Award Presentation

The AWM President or their designee will introduce the Kovalevsky Lecturer. The award will be presented 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

Citation

Professor Anne Greenbaum has had a long lasting and significant impact on many aspects of numerical linear algebra. She was one of the original developers of the LAPACK software that has been a workhorse of scientific computing for several decades. She is an expert in the mathematical behavior of iterative methods and an author of highly respected books on the subject. She is a dedicated and effective teacher and mentor. Professor Greenbaum solved many fundamental problems in convergence theory for linear systems and eigenvalue problems, non-normal matrices and functions of matrices.

Selection Committee

Malgorzata Peszynska (Chair)
Rosemary Renaut
Jennifer Ryan
Mayya Tokman

Citation

The 2021 AWM-SIAM Sonia Kovalevsky Lecture is awarded to Vivette Girault for being an outstanding numerical analyst with a long and distinguished career, who continues to have both deep and broad impact on computational science. Her work in finite element methods, computational fluid dynamics and mechanics is widely known and has been highly cited. The letters in support of this nomination suggest that what sets Professor Girault apart from others is her "uncompromising attitude towards making sure that she fully understands the underlying physics of the problems she works on", and this assessment explains her broad influence within as well as outside numerical analysis. Professor Girault has also been a fantastic mentor and role model for many junior mathematicians, being" quick-witted, rigorous, and excellent, with a radiant and humble personality".

Selection Committee

Malgorzata Peszynska (Chair)
Linda Allen
Susanne Brenner
Mayya Tokman

Citation

Bonnie Berger has an outstanding record of research contributions in the area of computational biology which have furthered our understanding of the structure of proteins and the genome. Berger's work is characterized by its successful interdisciplinarity and mathematical depth. In addition to theoretical and algorithmic contributions, she has contributed significantly to the rapid advancement of the fields of systems biology and genomics by her numerous software developments, which are widely used by researchers in other disciplines. Her work has received, and continues to receive, numerous accolades and national and international awards. In addition to being a highly accomplished research leader in bioinformatics and computational biology, Berger has an enviable record of mentorship of younginvestigators and service to the profession. Her intellectual impact is multifaceted and far-reaching.

Selection Committee

Susanne Brenner (Chair)
Linda Allen
Nilima Nigam
Malgorzata Peszynska

Citation

The 2019 AWM-SIAM Sonia Kovalevsky Lecture is awarded to Catherine Sulem for her contributions in the area of nonlinear analysis and partial differential equations, specializing on the topic of singularity development in solutions of the nonlinear Schrödinger equation (NLS), on the problem of free surface water waves, and on Hamiltonian partial differential equations. Her book on the NLS is the central and most highly cited reference monograph in the field. Her continuing work on the problem of water waves, their time evolution, and their approximation by model dispersive equations is opening new territory, both in studies of wave propagation and in the analysis of the Euler equations.

Selection Committee

Heike Fassbender (Chair)
Nilima Nigam
Yuriko Renardy
Susanne Brenner

Citation

The 2018 AWM-SIAM Sonia Kovalevsky Lecture is awarded to Eva Tardos for her distinguished scientific contributionsto the efficient methods for combinatorial optimization problems on graphs andnetworks, and her work on issues at the interface of computing and economics.

Selection Committee

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

Citation

The 2017 AWM-SIAM Sonia Kovalevsky Lecture is awarded to Liliana Borcea for distinguished scientific contributions to the mathematical and numerical analysis of wave propagation in random media, array imaging in complex environments, and inverse problems in high-contrast electrical impedance tomography, as well as model reduction techniques for parabolic and hyperbolic partial differential equations.

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
Citation: The 2016 AWM-SIAM Sonia Kovalevsky Lecture is awarded to Lisa J. Fauci for pioneering contributions to mathematical and computational modeling of aquatic locomotion, microorganism motility, and fluid dynamics of human reproduction. Her career combines rigorous asymptotic analysis and biological data to validate computational models, a history of service to the community, and a lasting legacy of mentoring early career scientists.


2015 Linda J. S. Allen
Citation: The 2015 AWM-SIAM Sonia Kovalevsky Lecture is awarded to Linda J. S. Allen for outstanding contributions in ordinary differential equations, difference equations and stochastic models, with significant applications in the areas of infectious diseases and ecology.

2014 Irene M. Gamba
Citation: The 2014 AWM-SIAM Sonia Kovalevsky Lecture is awarded to Irene M. Gamba for her significant contributions to analytical and numerical methods for statistical transport problems in complex particle systems. Professor Gamba also has an outstanding record of service to the applied mathematics community, including serving on scientific, policy, and editorial committees and boards and training postdocs and graduate students, including women applied mathematicians.

2013 Margaret Cheney
Citation: Margaret Cheney has spear-headed a broad line of research that is coupling disparate radar solutions in ways previously unrecognized. Her application of Microlocal Analysis to high-frequency radar scattering — a method largely unknown to the radar community — has proven to be especially relevant to the problems of radar target detection, tracking, and imaging. Using these tools, she has shown how the essential behavior of a wide variety of radar scattering scenarios can be isolated from secondary phenomena. Moreover, her unconventional approach has developed solutions to several longstanding problems in radar imaging that have heretofore defied complete analysis. In this way, Professor Cheney has demonstrated how a class of important issues in modern radar can finally be addressed.

2012 Barbara Lee Keyfitz
Citation: Barbara Keyfitz, the Dr. Charles Saltzer Professor of Mathematics at the Ohio State University, has made pioneering and seminal contributions to the field of hyperbolic conservation laws. In collaboration with Herbert Kranzer, she introduced the novel and important notion of singular (also called delta) shocks, and made the original study of their properties. Furthermore, her research group spearheaded the revival of the rigorous treatment of transonic gas flow, now a very active research area. Important applications of her work include aerodynamics and multiphase flow models in porous media. Professor Keyfitz also has an outstanding record of national and international professional service in the mathematical community, and as a leader and mentor of future generations of mathematicians. Her numerous roles include serving as AWM President and as a Vice President of SIAM, as Director of the Fields Institute of Canada, and she is the current President of ICIAM (the International Council for Industrial and Applied Mathematics). AWM and SIAM are honored that Professor Barbara Keyfitz will deliver the 2012 Sonia Kovalevsky.

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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