# Ruth Lyttle Satter Prize in Mathematics

The

**Ruth Lyttle Satter Prize in Mathematics**, also called the

**Satter Prize**, is one of twenty-one prizes given out by the

American Mathematical Society (AMS).

^{} It is presented biennially in recognition of an outstanding contribution to mathematics research by a woman in the previous six years.

^{} The award was established in 1990 using a donation from

Joan Birman, in memory of her sister,

Ruth Lyttle Satter,

^{} who worked primarily in biological sciences, and was a proponent for equal opportunities for women in science.

^{} First awarded in 1991, the award is intended to "honor commitment to research and to encourage women in science".

^{} The winner is selected by the council of the AMS, based on the recommendation of a selection committee.

^{} The prize is awarded at the

Joint Mathematics Meetings during odd numbered years, and has always carried a modest cash reward. Since 2003, the prize has been

$5,000,

^{}^{} while from 1997 to 2001, the prize came with $1,200,

^{}^{} and prior to that it was $4,000.

^{} If a joint award is made, the prize money is split between the recipients.

^{}As of 2017^{}, the award has been given 14 times, to 15 different individuals. Dusa McDuff was the first recipient of the award, for her work on symplectic geometry.^{} A joint award was made for the only time in 2001, when Karen E. Smith and Sijue Wu shared the award.^{} The 2013 prize winner was Maryam Mirzakhani, who, in 2014, was the first woman to be awarded the Fields Medal. This is considered to be the highest honor a mathematician can receive.^{}^{} She won both awards for her work on "the geometry of Riemann surfaces and their moduli spaces".^{} The most recent winner is Laura DeMarco, who was awarded the prize in 2017 for her "fundamental contributions to complex dynamics, potential theory, and the emerging field of arithmetic dynamics".^{}

The Association for Women in Science have a similarly titled award, the Ruth Satter Memorial Award, which is a cash prize of $1,000 for "an outstanding graduate student who interrupted her education for at least 3 years to raise a family".^{}^{}

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