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Gender Minorities in Mathematics and Statistics (GeMs)


Gender Minorities in Mathematics and Statistics is a Swarthmore student-run club and a registered Association for Women in Mathematics (AWM) student chapter. GeMs in Math & Stats' goal is to provide a welcoming space for people of gender marginalized identities interested in math and statistics, and to make the Math/Stat Department more open and accessible to all students by hosting events throughout the semester.

Learn more: If you are a current student or faculty/staff member and would like to be added to our email list, please contact Janet Barkdoll.


2020-21 Officers:

Faculty Advisor: Suzanne Thornton

  • Math/Stat Study Sessions

  • More "Connect with Alumna" Talks (in business, academia, government works, etc)

  • Movie Night Hangouts: our proposed movies include - The Hidden Figures, Agora, Picture A Scientist, and more. If you have any recommendations, feel free to email us


Kickoff Lecture and Q&A (Sept. 15)

Emma Benn '04

Center for Biostatistics and Dept of Population Health Science and Policy

Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai



(video recording)



Do you love problem-solving and puzzles?

For example, draw concentric circles with alternating black and white regions between circles. How would you find the ratio of the total area of the black regions to the area of the circle of radius? What aspects of the circles would you have to consider?
(Example based on a 2014 Putnam question)
Did you know that there are tips and strategies that you can learn to help you approach and tackle these types of problems?
"My journey with problem solving began with a geometry problem. Only knowing the five Euclidean principles, I started with the hypothesis and with small steps, I reached an ambitious conclusion and ended up with a beautiful proof. I was so excited! Since then, math gave me the voice and the space in which I could not only avoid subjective discriminatory thoughts about women’s intellectual abilities but also prove them wrong." - Sara Asgari, Board Member
Resources - We recommend checking out these websites: 

AWM research-networks
AWM women do math