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Graduate Research Opportunities for Women 2022

Friday October 21 – Sunday October 23

Duke University

The GROW 2022 conference is aimed at women (cisgender, transgender, or woman-identified) and nonbinary undergraduates considering graduate school in the mathematical sciences. Through talks, panels, and opportunities for conversation and networking, we will explore the tremendous diversity of lives and careers that can be built upon a Ph.D. in these fields.

Plenary Speaker

Hee Oh
Abraham Robinson Professor of Mathematics
Yale University

Featured Lecturers

Emille Davie LawrenceLaure FlapanAnna HaenschAutumn KentRobin Wilson
Emille D. Lawrence
University of San Francisco
Laure Flapan
Michigan State University
Anna Haensch
Tufts University
Autumn Kent
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Robin Wilson
Cal Poly Pomona University

Panels and Panelists

Participants, please submit questions for our panelists up to a week in advance here.

Panel A: Exploring a research landscape: what it’s like to live a research life

Panel B: How to apply to graduate school: nuts and bolts with grad directors and others

Panel C: From Day 1 to PhD: student and mentor perspectives

Panel D: Life with a PhD: the very many ways we can use our quantitative skills


We are holding in-person event hosted on the campus of Duke University. Events on Friday evening and during the day on Saturday and Sunday will take place in The Ahmadieh Family Auditorium (Room 107) with receptions in the adjacent Energy Hub (1st floor lobby) of Gross Hall at 140 Science Drive, Durham NC 27708. The Saturday evening banquet and plenary talk will take place in Penn Pavilion at 107 Union Drive, Durham NC 27710.


Please contact Shira Viel at with any inquiries or to request conference announcements and updates.


Applications to GROW 2022 are closed. Thank you for your interest.

Support and Acknowledgements

GROW will take place at Duke University in 2022 and 2023. Our lead organizer is Shira Viel and our scientific coordinator is Lillian Pierce. Our local organizing committee includes Paul BendichDorothy BuckXiuyuan ChengVeronica CiocanelNicholas CookAdam LevineJianfeng LuColleen Robles, and Marc Ryser. Our program coordinator is Shanon Jacobs.

GROW 2022 is made possible thanks to the generous support of the Duke University Department of Mathematics, the Chair of Duke Mathematics, the Duke University Office of the Provost, the Duke University Trinity College of Arts & Sciences Office of the Dean, the Duke University Dean of Natural Sciences, the Rhodes Information Initiative at Duke University, the National Science Foundation (DMS-1652173 CAREER, DMS-2200470, DMS-2154029, and TRIPODS), Nicholas Cook, Anita Layton, Sayan Mukherjee, and Lillian Pierce.

GROW is organized in cooperation with the Association for Women in Mathematics (AWM) and supports the Welcoming Environment and Diversity and Inclusion Statements of the AWM. It is organized through the Institute for Mathematical and Statistical Innovation (IMSI). We thank them for their support which originates in the NSF grant DMS-1929348.

Previous GROW conferences took place at the University of Illinois East Campus (2021), University of Chicago (2020), University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2019), University of Michigan (2018), and Northwestern (2015-17)