Melanie Wood

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Melanie Wood
Melanie Wood.jpg
Melanie Wood in 2007
Photo from Mathematisches Forschungsinstitut Oberwolfach (MFO)
Born 1981 (age 33–34)
Indianapolis, Indiana
Nationality American
Fields Mathematics
Institutions Stanford University
University of Wisconsin
Alma mater Duke University
Princeton University
Doctoral advisor Manjul Bhargava
Notable awards Morgan Prize (2004)

Melanie Matchett Wood (born 1981[1]) is an American mathematician who became the first female American to make the U.S. International Mathematical Olympiad Team. She completed her Ph.D. in 2009 at Princeton University (under Manjul Bhargava) and is currently an Assistant Professor at the University of Wisconsin, after spending 2 years as Szegö Assistant Professor at Stanford University.

Wood was born in Indianapolis, Indiana, to Sherry Eggers and Archie Wood, both middle school teachers. Her father died of cancer when Wood was six weeks old.[2]

While a high school student at Park Tudor School in Indianapolis, Wood (then aged 16) became the first, and until 2004 the only female American to make the U.S. International Mathematical Olympiad Team, receiving silver medals in the 1998 and 1999 International Mathematical Olympiad.[3] At her school, in addition to being a math whiz, Wood was a cheerleader and student newspaper editor.[4]

In 2003, Wood graduated from Duke University where she won a Gates Cambridge Scholarship, Fulbright fellowship, and a National Science Foundation graduate fellowship, in addition to becoming the first American woman and second woman overall to be named a Putnam Fellow in 2002.[5][6][7] During the 2003–2004 year she studied at Cambridge University. She was also named the Deputy Leader of the U.S. team that finished second overall at the 2005 International Mathematical Olympiad.

In 2004, she won the Morgan Prize for work in two topics, Belyi-extending maps and P-orderings, making her the first woman to win this award.[3][7]

In 2012, she became a fellow of the American Mathematical Society.[8]

Selected publications[edit]


  1. ^ "AWM Essay Contest: Leena Shah". Retrieved 11 November 2014. 
  2. ^ Olson, Steven (2005). Count Down: Six Kids Vie for Glory at the World's Toughest Math Competition. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. p. 18. ISBN 0-618-56212-5. 
  3. ^ a b "Melanie Wood Interview". Retrieved 11 November 2014. 
  4. ^ Rimer, Sara (2008-10-10). "Math Skills Suffer in U.S., Study Finds". New York Times. Retrieved 2008-10-10. 
  5. ^ "Duke Magazine-Where Are They Now?-January/February 2010". Retrieved 11 November 2014. 
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  8. ^ List of Fellows of the American Mathematical Society, retrieved 2013-09-01.

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