Support plus drive equals success

support_plus_driveA supportive environment helped a group of female graduate students in mathematics reach lofty goals. Already a leader in the number of women hired as faculty members, the department hopes to continue improving the experience for female students to help bring equity to the field.

After graduation, a group of seven female graduate students,  Eva Elduque, Jing Hao, Wanlin Li, Amy Huang, Yuhua Zhu, Di Fang and Yuan Liu, mathematics will head off to post-doctoral opportunities at some of the most prestigious institutions in the United States, including Georgia Tech, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Stanford University, the University of California-Berkeley, Texas A&M University and the University of Michigan. Their success, in a field that has historically presented institutional challenges for women, says something important about the environment for female students in the Department of Mathematics at UW-Madison.