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

Instagram Page: @ku.awm or



Tuesday, December 1 at 5pm (Zoom ID 964 4012 0430): 
Dr. Anisah Nu'Man (Spelman College) will speak about "Computing Rainbow Numbers"

Mathematician Issai Schur asked the question, does there exist a smallest positive integer s = s(r) such that for any r-coloring of the numbers [s] = {1,2,...,s} there is a monochromatic solution to the equation x + y = z? Schur determined that the answer is yes, and we call the solution (x,y,z) to such an equation a Schur triple. This question can be generalized in three ways: (1) by changing the equation (eq), (2) by changing the set T where your solutions come from, or (3) by guaranteeing a solution has a certain characteristic trait, for example monochromatic or rainbow. The smallest positive integer, such that any r-coloring of the set T guarantees a rainbow solution to the equation (eq) is called the rainbow number, rb(T,eq).

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For the general equation c1x + c2y = c3z, where c1, c2, and c3, are constants we have rb([n], c1x1 + c2x2 = c3x3) = r implies that there exists an exact (r - 1)- coloring of [n] that contains no rainbow solutions and that any exact r-coloring of [n] will contain a rainbow solution. Within this talk we will compute the rainbow number for certain equations and then explore upper and lower bounds for rb([n], x + ky = z), where k ≥ 1.

Tuesday, November 17 at 5pm (Zoom ID 964 4012 0430): 
Ms. Katie Funk (University of Delaware) will speak about "Developing a Mathematical Model for the Retinoid Signaling Pathway"

The Retinoid signaling pathway is responsible for the production of retinoic acid in the body's cells. Retinoic acid is a metabolite of vitamin A and is necessary for normal embryogenesis and development, cell growth, cell differentiation, and apoptosis.

Biologists researching this pathway have become increasingly interested in how this pathway and its components are affected in different types of cancers. In this talk, we will discuss the development of a mathematical model that describes the retinoid signaling pathway and potential points of interaction with the Wnt signaling pathway which plays an important role in the development of colorectal cancer.

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Tuesday, November 10 at 5pm (Zoom ID 964 4012 0430): 
Ms. Katarzyna Borowiec (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign) will speak about a "Comprehensive Framework For Data-Driven Model Form Discovery of the Closure Laws in Thermal-Hydraulics Codes"

The two-phase two-fluid model is a basis of many thermal-hydraulics codes used in design, licensing, and safety considerations of nuclear power plants. Thermal-hydraulics codes rely on the closure laws to close the system of conservation equations and describe the interactions between phases. These laws, derived from years of experimental investigations, are semi-empirical correlations that lack generality and have a limited range of applicability. 

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Increase of computational power, availability of new experiments, and development of high-fidelity simulations has increased the number of validation data. The discrepancies between the code predictions and the validation data are a great source of knowledge. Missing physics that are not included in the model but are important for the considered phenomena can be discovered by propagating the information from the experimental results through the model.

Physics-discovered data-driven model form (P3DM) methodology integrates available integral effect tests and separate effects tests to determine the necessary corrections to the model form of the closure laws. In contrast to existing calibration techniques, the methodology modifies the functional form of the closure laws.

Based on the functional form of the correction, the missing physics that were not included in the original model can be discovered. P3DM methodology uses a blend of reduced order modeling, data analysis and machine learning that aims at combining data-driven approaches with physics-based modeling.

Tuesday, October 20 at 5pm (Zoom ID 964 4012 0430): 
Dr. Lucia Carichino (Rochester Institute of Technology) will speak about "A Mathematical Journey into Biological Systems."

In this talk I will outline how I have used mathematical and computational methods to study biological systems, such as the human eye or spermatozoa locomotion. My passion as a mathematician is to use mathematical models that describe biological systems together with experimental data to clarify the different components of a biological process. The ultimate goal of these models is to aid the future development of medicine.

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Tuesday, October 6 at 5pm (Zoom ID 964 4012 0430): 
Dr. Helen Grundman (Bryn Mawr College) will speak about "Consecutive Harshad Numbers: An Introduction."

A Harshad number is a positive integer that is divisible by the sum of its digits. In this talk, I will discuss research on these numbers and, and more generally, on b-Harshad numbers, where b is a positive integer greater than 1. After giving examples and some basic results, I will prove that, for each b, there is a maximal length of strings of consecutive b-Harshad numbers. Finally, I will present some related results and open problems.

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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.

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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