Association for Women in Mathematics

The Association for Women in Mathematics (AWM) is a national organization devoted to encouraging women and girls to study and to have active careers in the mathematical sciences, and to promote equal opportunity and the equal treatment of women and girls in the mathematical sciences.

2020-2021 Officers of the Kutztown Association for Women in Mathematics Student Chapter:

President: Vanessa Maybruck
Vice President:
 Anna Lengner
Secretary: Lindsey Moyer
Treasurer: Kira Kern
Historian: Jessica Licker

Faculty Advisors: Dr. Lyn McQuaid and Dr. Amy Lu



Tuesday, September 22 at 5pm (Zoom ID 964 4012 0430): 
Dr. Amy Lu (Kutztown University) will speak about "Metaheuristics for Hard Combinatorial Optimization Problems."

Metaheuristics are high-level problem-independent algorithmic frameworks that provide a set of guidelines or strategies to develop heuristic optimization algorithms. They are generally recognized as efficient approaches to solve complex problems in industry and services, in areas ranging from finance to production management and engineering.  This presentation will provide an overview of some main metaheuristics and give examples of how certain metaheuristics are used to solve some hard combinatorial optimization problems.

Poster advertising Dr. Lu's talk


March 3: Beyond Pink-Collar Jobs Event

Software engineer turned entrepreneur Valerie Deneen will give a talk entitled Stand Out in STEM: Showcase your skills, reduce gender bias, and build a career you love

Beyond Pink-Collar Jobs Panel Discussion, featuring seven women working in male-dominated fields

Kerri Gardi, the Director of KU’s Career Development Center, will speak about Salary Negotiation and the Gender Wage Gap

February 25: Joint meeting with the Feminist Majority Leadership Alliance (FMLA) featuring presentations on what each organization does and discussing the joint upcoming event Beyond Pink-Collar Jobs

January 28: Updates on Beyond Pink-Collar Jobs, other announcements and activities

Beyond Pink Collar Jobs Flier

November 19: Presentation by Mrs. Cindy Wlazelek focusing on the preparation for, and development of, a career in actuarial analysis in the insurance industry based on her 34 years at the USAA Insurance Company.

October 22: Preparation for our upcoming fundraising events, discussion of upcoming fun events, and pizza!

September 24: We'll be discussing several topics, including our annual High School Mathematics Day for Girls event, the NYC trip right around the corner, Merchant Trick or Treat, and an origami fundraiser!  And there will be free pizza and baked goods, so you should definitely make your way over to hear what AWM is all about!


March 26: Planning for Women's Empowerment Day on March 28

February 26: A talk on magic squares by Dr. McQuaid

January 29: Planning for the semester and math games

September 25, October 23, and November 27: Planning the annual math high school day for girls and other fun math activities


March 27: A talk by Natalie A. Snow, Director of Institutional Research for Kutztown University of Pennsylvania

November 28: A talk about origami by Dr. Anke Walz

October 24: Mathematics card games, planning for our January High School Mathematics Day for Girls, and snacks

September 19: Organizational Meeting


March 30: Dr. Erin Kraal from the KU Physical Sciences department will be showing us how math and coding are involved in her science followed by a Q&A session about women in higher education.

November 8: Professor Karise Mace will be talking about The Art of Mathematics.  She will discuss the artistic nature of mathematics and how we can change our approach to mathematics by thinking of ourselves and the mathematicians we study as artists.

October 3: Organizational Meeting


April 5: Origami demonstration

March 1: Pi(e) activities!

February 2: Organizational Meeting

November 17: Introduction of officers; TED talk on "Why We Have Too Few Women Leaders."

September 24: Organizational Meeting