Melanie Wood

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Melanie Wood
Melanie Wood.jpg
Melanie Wood in 2007
Photo from Mathematisches Forschungsinstitut Oberwolfach (MFO)
Born1981 (age 37–38)
Alma materDuke University
Princeton University
AwardsMorgan Prize (2004)

NSF CAREER Award (2017)

AWM-Microsoft Research Prize in Algebra and Number Theory (2018)
Scientific career
InstitutionsStanford University
University of Wisconsin
University of California, Berkeley
Doctoral advisorManjul Bhargava

Melanie Matchett Wood (born 1981[1]) is an American mathematician at University of California, Berkeley[2] 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 Chancellor's Professor of Mathematics at UC Berkeley, after being Vilas Distinguished Achievement Professor of Mathematics at the University of Wisconsin and 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.[3]

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.[4] Wood was also a cheerleader and student newspaper editor at her school.[5]

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.[6][7][8] 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.[4][8]

In 2012, she became a fellow of the American Mathematical Society.[9]

In 2017, she received an NSF Career Award.

In 2018, she received the AWM-Microsoft Research Prize in Algebra and Number Theory from the Association for Women in Mathematics.[10]

Selected publications[edit]

  • Wood, Melanie (2019). "Nonabelian Cohen-Lenstra moments. With an appendix by the author and Philip Matchett Wood". Duke Math. J. 168, no. 3, 377–427. MR 3909900.
  • Vakil, Ravi; Wood, Melanie (2015). "Discriminants in the Grothendieck ring". Duke Math. J. 164,no. 6, 1139–1185. MR 3336842.
  • Wood, Melanie (2011). "Gauss composition over an arbitrary base". Adv. Math. 226, no. 2, 1756–1771. MR 2737799.
  • Wood, Melanie (2010). "On the probabilities of local behaviors in abelian field extensions". Compos. Math. 146, no. 1, 102–128. MR 2581243
  • Wood, Melanie (2003). "P-orderings: a metric viewpoint and the non-existence of simultaneous orderings". Journal of Number Theory. 99 (1): 36–56. doi:10.1016/S0022-314X(02)00056-2. MR 1957243.


  1. ^ "AWM Essay Contest: Leena Shah". Retrieved 11 November 2014.
  2. ^ "Melanie Matchett Wood" (PDF). Retrieved 2019-07-27.
  3. ^ 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.
  4. ^ a b "Melanie Wood Interview". Retrieved 11 November 2014.
  5. ^ Rimer, Sara (2008-10-10). "Math Skills Suffer in U.S., Study Finds". New York Times. Retrieved 2008-10-10.
  6. ^ "Duke Magazine-Where Are They Now?-January/February 2010". Retrieved 11 November 2014.
  7. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-07-07. Retrieved 2014-02-10.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
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  9. ^ List of Fellows of the American Mathematical Society, retrieved 2013-09-01.
  10. ^ "AWM-Microsoft Research Prize in Algebra and Number Theory 2018". Association for Women in Mathematics. Retrieved 26 January 2019.

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