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April 8, 2008  

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GW Program Seeks to Increase Exposure of Women to the Field of Mathematics

WASHINGTON - The George Washington University has selected 16 outstanding undergraduate women mathematics majors from across the United States to participate in a unique five-week immersion program.  The university's 14th annual Summer Program for Women in Mathematics (SPWM) provides broad exposure to mathematical culture, tools necessary for success, applications of mathematics in business and industry, and career opportunities. This program is funded by the National Security Agency.

From June 28 - Aug. 2, 2008, students will take graduate-level math courses led by professional women mathematicians. They will have the opportunity to hear from leaders in the fields on a variety of mathematical topics as well as mathematical history, ethics, and philosophy. The students also will take part in weekly field trips to see women mathematicians at work in the District region. 

"Washington, D.C., is an ideal location for the Summer Program for Women in Mathematics," said Murli Gupta, director of the program and GW professor of mathematics. "There is a thriving community of pure and applied mathematicians working at federal agencies and laboratories, major universities, and in high-tech industry. The summer program helps students develop the self-confidence to engage in independent work and the necessary communication skills to engage in the kind of collaboration efforts that produce much of today's new research."

This year's students represent the following undergraduate institutions: Belmont University, Chapman University, College of the Holy Cross, Colorado College, James Madison University, Lawrence University, Lewis & Clark College, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Rowan University, University of California - Santa Barbara, University of Chicago, University of Hawaii, University of North Carolina, University of Rochester, and University of Wisconsin.  Each year, program participants are chosen through a competitive selection process based on college transcripts, personal statements, and letters of recommendation. Candidates must be women undergraduates who have completed their junior year and are considering graduate study in mathematics.

Located four blocks from the White House, The George Washington University was created by an Act of Congress in 1821. Today, GW is the largest institution of higher education in the nation's capital. The university offers comprehensive programs of undergraduate and graduate liberal arts study as well as degree programs in medicine, law, engineering, education, business, and international affairs. Each year, GW enrolls a diverse population of undergraduate, graduate, and professional students from all 50 states, the District of Columbia and more than 120 countries.

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