Graduate Research Opportunities for Women Conference

Graduate Research Opportunities for Women (GROW) is a conference for women-identified students interested in graduate school in the mathematical sciences.

Activities include:

  • Research Lectures
  • Banquet Dinner with a Keynote Speaker
  • Panel Discussions on mathematical sciences
  • Networking Opportunities
  • Help with preparing applications for graduate school, REU’s, and Semester Long Programs
  • Opportunities for mentoring by graduate students and faculty
  • Meet previous GROW participants and hear about their experiences

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Archives of GROW Conferences at Northwestern University (2015-2017)

From the Participants

 “I loved it! I’m not exaggerating when I say that GROW completely changed my perspective on my major and my future as a math major.  I will treasure the memories I made at GROW for the rest of my undergraduate career.” 

“I left the conference more convinced than ever that I can and will make it to graduate school… I’ve completely abandoned my subconsciously-harbored conception that mathematics is a gentlemen’s club” 

  • Quoted fromWeinberg College of Arts & Sciences.” GROWing Women Mathematicians: Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences. Weinberg College of Arts & Sciences: News. N.d. Web. 21 Mar. 2016. <>

Who can apply?

  • Are you currently an undergraduate woman (cis-gendered, transgendered, or woman-identified) or nonbinary individual?
  • Will you be an undergraduate in academic year 2018-2019?
  • Are you thinking about graduate school in mathematics?
  • Do you want to know more about graduate school in mathematics?
  • Do you want advice on preparing yourself for graduate school?
  • Do you want to know more about mathematical careers in academia?

Additional Resources

Association for Women in Mathematics:
  • The purpose of the Association for Women in Mathematics is to encourage women and girls to have active careers in the mathematical sciences as well as promote equal opportunity and the equal treatment of women and girls in the mathematical sciences.
AWM Mentor Network:
  • The goal of the new Association for Women in Mathematics (AWM) Mentor Network is to match mentors, both men and women, with girls and women who are interested in mathematics or are pursuing careers in mathematics.

National Science Foundation Mentoring Program:

  • Since 1994 with the support of the National Science Foundation, the Institute, together with Princeton University, has hosted an intensive 11-day mentoring program for undergraduate and graduate women in mathematics.  The program brings together research mathematicians with undergraduate and graduate students on the campus of the Institute for Advanced Study and is designed to address issues of gender imbalance in mathematics. Activities include lectures and seminars on a focused mathematical topic, mentoring, discussions on peer relations, an introduction to career opportunities and a women in sciences seminar.

Edge Program for Women in Mathematics:

  • The EDGE Program is administered by Morehouse and Pomona Colleges with the goal of strengthening the ability of women students to successfully complete PhD programs in the mathematical sciences and place more women in visible leadership roles in the mathematics community. Along with the summer session, EDGE supports an annual conference, travel for research collaborations, travel to present research and other open-ended mentoring activities.

Southeastern Conference for Undergraduate Women in Mathematics:

  • A conference aimed to increase interest in and awareness of both mathematical careers and graduate school opportunities in the mathematical sciences, open to undergraduate women in all stages of their studies.