Judy Walker, Aaron Douglas Professor of mathematics and associate vice chancellor for faculty and academic affairs, has been named a fellow of the Association for Women in Mathematics for her dedication to creating a more inclusive community within mathematics fields.
The fellows program recognizes individuals who have demonstrated a sustained commitment to the support and advancement of women in the mathematical sciences. Fellows epitomize the mission of the association, which is to promote equitable opportunities and support for women and girls in the mathematical sciences.
Walker was chosen for her leadership in promoting girls and women in mathematics and STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) fields, mentoring activities, service to the profession, mathematical exposition, and excellence in teaching and research. She was nominated by Petronela Radu, Olson Professor of mathematics, and Sylvia Wiegand, professor emerita of mathematics. Wiegand is a member of the 2018 inaugural class of AWM fellows.
“We are grateful for Dr. Walker’s leadership and dedication,” said Donde Plowman, executive vice chancellor and chief academic officer. “She has transformed the lives of girls and women in mathematics with over two decades of programming and initiatives at Nebraska and nationally. She is very deserving of this recognition.”
Among Walker’s many efforts toward increasing the success and visibility of women in mathematics are:
- Co-founding the annual Nebraska Conference for Undergraduate Women in Mathematics, which showcases the work of undergraduate women mathematics majors and encourages them to go to graduate school in mathematics.
- Co-creating the All Girls/All Math summer camp for high school girls, which provides a stimulating and supportive environment for them to develop their mathematical ability and interest.
- Leading a National Science Foundation INCLUDES-funded project aimed at increasing the number of women with mathematics doctorates.