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Maryam Mirzakhani Scholarship for Women

Maryam Mirzakhani Scholarship for Women
Maryam Mirzakhani Scholarship for Women

In honor of the late award winning Iranian mathematician at Stanford University, Maryam Mirzakhani (1977-2017), Persia Educational Foundation, based in London, has established the ‘Persia Mirzakhani Scholarship for Women.’

The scholarship is designed to support the education of Persian-speaking women of any age or citizenship enrolled in a master of science or final year of a doctorate program studying STEM at the University College London. STEM is a recent department at UCL, which focuses on the interface between science, technology, engineering and math.

The inaugural scholarship will be £1500 ($2,000). Eligible applicants will be encouraged to submit their application for the 2018-2019 academic year to the foundation by February 1, according to the website of the foundation

Scholarship winners will be announced on May 3, marking the first birth anniversary of the accomplished professor.

In 2014, Mirzakhani became a household name after becoming the first woman ever to win the Fields Medal, which is widely referred to as the Nobel Prize of mathematics awarded to honor excellence in the field to mathematicians under the age of 40.

She showed her knack for numbers from an early age, winning back-to-back gold medals in the 1994 and 1995 International Mathematical Olympiads.

After receiving her bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Sharif University of Technology in 1999, she moved to the US and earned her a PhD from Harvard University five years later.

She was a research fellow at Clay Mathematics Institute from 2004 to 2008 and served as an assistant professor of mathematics at Princeton University. She became a professor at Stanford University in 2008.

Mirzakhani also received the highly prestigious biennial Satter Prize in 2013 in mathematics from the American Mathematical Society. She was hospitalized in California, last July, and tests showed that cancer had spread to her bone marrow. She passed away on July 15, 2017 after succumbing to her third bout with breast cancer.

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