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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 (cis-gendered, transgendered, 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
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

(Panelist pictures coming soon!)

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


Applications to GROW 2022 are now closed: applicants should expect to be notified of the status of their application by September 15 at the latest.  Applications to GROW 2023, to be held at Duke University on Friday October 20 – Sunday October 22, will open in Spring 2023.


Please find a (tentative) schedule at In addition to the speakers and panelists above, the conference will also feature opportunities for both structured and unstructured small group conversation, networking, and mentoring.


We plan to hold an in-person event hosted on the campus of Duke University. Events on Friday will take place in the Physics Building at 120 Science Drive, Durham NC 27710. Daytime events on Saturday and Sunday will take place in 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.

Accepted participants, please find Travel Guidelines here.

Conference announcements will be posted on this website – please check back here for updates.


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

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)