Graduate Research Opportunities for Women 2020

September 13, October 18 and 24
University of Chicago

Note: Given the continuing risks and uncertainty related to COVID-19, we have revised our plans for GROW 2020. It will take place online via Zoom over the following days: September 13, and October 18 and 24. Each of these sessions will start at 12:00pm CDT, and include a panel session, one or two talks, and breakout sessions.

The GROW 2020 conference is aimed at female-identified undergraduate students who may be interested in pursuing a graduate degree in the mathematical sciences. The conference is open to undergraduates from U.S. colleges and universities, including international students.

The conference will feature

  • lectures
  • panel discussions about graduate research in the mathematical sciences
  • networking opportunities
  • advice on preparing applications for graduate school

Speakers include:

The organizing committee consists of:  Kevin Corlette, Mimi Dai, Denis Hirschfeldt, Vera Mikyoung Hur, Maryanthe Malliaris, Nikki Pitcher, Laura Schaposnik, Mary Silber, Takis Souganidis, and Rebecca Willett.

Applications for GROW 2020 can be submitted at starting April 6, 2020.  The committee will begin screening applications on June 15, 2020, but will give full consideration to applications submitted by September 1, 2020.

For questions, please email

COVID-19:  If circumstances do not allow this event to take place as planned, we will seek to reorganize it in a virtual format.

This event is being supported by the Institute for Mathematical and Statistical Innovation, the University of Chicago Department of Mathematics, and the National Science Foundation.

Previous iterations of GROW took place at Northwestern (2015-17), the University of Michigan (2018), and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2019).