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    Maryam Mirzakhani Junior Prize

    Maryam Mirzakhani Junior Prize: What is it about?

    For its second edition, this prize will reward three very junior students (last year of Bachelor or first year of Master) for a first research work or bibliographical study in mathematics. A prize of 1000 € will be awarded to a student in her last year of licence. Two other prizes of 1000 € will also be awarded to first year master students, one for a work in fundamental mathematics and the other for a work in applied mathematics.


    Why this award?

    The motivation for creating such a prize is quite simple to imagine. In France, more than anywhere else in the world, although many young women have brilliant results in mathematics in high school, they abandon this discipline at the level of higher education, a trend that is confirmed as the level of study increases.  

    With this initiative the FMJH wants to create a symbol that helps young women to consider a future in mathematics research as possible. And what more beautiful feminine image can we project to inspire young minds than that of Maryam Mirzakhani, a brilliant mathematical star?



    Any student registered at the University of Paris-Saclay or at the Institut Polytechnique de Paris in the third year of a Licence or in the first year of a Master's degree (or equivalent), provided that she can produce a written document such as a thesis or a study and research work carried out in 2021-2022 or 2020-2021 in the field of mathematics (in the broadest sense of the term, including interface work requiring the use of implementation, numerical simulation or data processing).



    The application includes a form to identify the candidate and verify her eligibility (last name, first name, institution of registration and course of study), a document in pdf format corresponding to a dissertation completed in 2021-2022 or in 2020-2021, name and contact information of the dissertation supervisor. When this work has been done by several people, the complete dissertation must be provided and the main contributions of the candidate must be detailed in a short paragraph. The application can be submitted online here by the candidate herself or the supervisor of her dissertation before June 22, 2022.



    A jury appointed by the director of the FMJH, made up of confirmed mathematicians covering the whole spectrum of mathematics, will decide in a sovereign way on the list of prize-winners which will be made public during a prize-giving ceremony which will take place during the opening days of the master's degree in "mathematics and applications" co-accredited by the University of Paris-Saclay and the Institut Polytechnique de Paris in September 2022. Each prizewinner will also be offered to be sponsored by a mathematician who will act as a mentor to her during her studies, as is the case in the "mathematics and applications" master's program.


    Applications open in February


    Mirzakhani Prize Winners 2022

    Alizée Geffroy (Faculté des Sciences d’Orsay)

    for her work of M1 entitled

    « Inférence bayésienne pour la phylolinguistique »

    Audrey Antoine ( (Faculté des Sciences d’Orsay)

    for her work of L3 entitled

    « Le polynôme de Jones pour les nœuds »

    Angélique Campaniello  (Faculté des Sciences d’Orsay)

    for her work of L3 entitled

    « Application des techniques de factorisation de tenseurs aux calculs ab initio de structure nucléaire »


    Margaux Liechty (Faculté des Sciences d’Orsay)

    for her work of L3 entitled

    « Catégories de partitions »


    You can watch some excerpts from this award ceremony in the video of the 2022 Master Starter.

    Presentations of the laureates

    Mirzakhani Prize Winners 2021


    Bertille Follain (Ecole Polytechnique)

    for her M1 work entitled

    « High dimensional change point estimation with missing data via sparse projection »


    To read Bertille Follain's memoir,

     cliquez ici


    Blandine Galiay (ENS Paris-Saclay)

    for her M1 work entitled

    « Lattices of the oscillator group of signature (2,2) »                             


    To read Bertille Follain's memoir,

    cliquez ici



    Special mentions of the jury

    •  Rana Baddredine (Faculté des Sciences d’Orsay), for his M1 work entitled « Introduction à l’analyse microlocale »

    •  Morgane Doukhan, étudiante à la Faculté des Sciences d’Orsay, for his M1 work entitled « Polynômes de Jones : du crochet de Kauffman à l’homologie de Khovanov »

    •  Tanh Mai Nguyen Le et Pauline Saint-Alme, étudiantes à la Faculté des Sciences d’Orsay, for their L3 work entitled « Le théorème “Majority is stablest” ».