History

Since 1875 Wellesley has had a strong record in educating women scientists.

Wellesley's academic program was designed to meet the highest standards, with a primary emphasis on English, Mathematics, the Physical Sciences, and the Classics. Wellesley's physics laboratory for undergraduate instruction opened in 1878; it was the second such laboratory in the US, preceded only by MIT. Winifred Edgerton (class of 1883) earned a Ph.D. in mathematics at Columbia University in 1886, the first woman to earn any degree at Columbia. Dorothy Weeks '16 was the first woman to earn a doctorate in mathematics at MIT. Annie Jump Cannon (class of 1884) was the first woman awarded the National Academy of Sciences Henry Draper Medal, in 1931. In its 130-year history, Wellesley has had only 12 presidents, all women, two of whom were mathematicians.

Upcoming Events

There are no events scheduled in the math department.  Enjoy the summer!

Congrats!

Congratulations to Anjali Kayal, Abigail Raz, Smaranda Sandu, and Farrah Yhee for completing the requirements for honors in mathematics.  

Congratulations to all of our seniors for completing their undergraduate careers; best of luck as you move beyond Wellesley!

More congrats!

Prof. Megan Kerr was recently promoted to the rank of Full Professor.  Congratulations Prof. Kerr!  

Want e-updates?

Want to hear about the latest events in the math department via email?  Join the department's Google group by signing up here!