As an AWM chapter, one of our main goals is to create a support network for women studying mathematics at Cornell. To this end, we have created a mentoring program for undergraduate women interested in mathematics or related fields.
The goal of this program is to reach women interested in the mathematical sciences early in their undergraduate career and provide them with advice and support from senior undergraduate and graduate students. Our hope is that through one-on-one mentoring relationships, undergraduate mentees will gain some of the skills and knowledge they need to succeed in mathematics and related fields, while mentors will gain leadership and mentoring skills. The program, affectionately known as our Zigzag Mentoring (WMWM is a bit of a mouthful), launched in Fall 2018.
The program pairs interested underclasswomen with individual mentors who are either seniors or graduate students in mathematics, applied mathematics, operations research, or statistics. In addition to meeting in these pairs, we also host large group events approximately once a month. These events provide opportunities for group socializing and mentoring as well as personal and professional development activities.