Mentoring is a critical component of the EDGE experience. EDGE students find mentors among the EDGE summer faculty, the advanced graduate student assistants, and the directors. First-year faculty mentors are usually arranged in the participants’ graduate departments.


California ClusterAs an expansion of one-on-one mentoring, EDGE now sponsors Mentoring Clusters for women in the mathematical sciences. The goal of this newly developed structure is to advance women in academia at the three levels-graduate school, junior faculty and senior faculty-by creating mentoring networks among small groups of women in close geographical proximity. Through occasional group gatherings and more frequent subgroup communication, the clusters facilitate the mentoring of junior women by senior women and the mentoring of graduate students by those in the other two groups. The cluster gatherings and relationships provide graduate students with a forum to discuss issues on many academic and non-academic topics that impact their progress. Through the clusters junior faculty raise issues related to finding early professional opportunities and negotiating the responsibilities of the early years.

Mentoring clusters were first established in six geographical regions in Southern California, Georgia, Indiana, North Carolina, Iowa, and in the mid-Atlantic region-each led by one or two senior women mathematicians. A seventh cluster is based, not on the geographical proximity of its members, but rather on a common passion for education. Although many of the students and junior faculty in the cluster are past participants in EDGE, clusters are open to other women who are senior or junior faculty or graduate students in the mathematical sciences.


View EDGE Mentoring Clusters in a larger map

California (centered in the southern California areas of Los Angeles and Claremont)
Cluster Leader: Ami Radunskaya, Ph.D. (Pomona College)
Co-Leader: Cymra Haskell, Ph.D. (University of Southern California)
Event: 10th annual WiMSoCal symposium (Women in Math in Southern California), February, 2017

Georgia (centered in Atlanta)
Cluster Leaders: Nagambal Shah, Ph.D. and Yewande Olubummo, Ph.D. (Spelman College)

Indiana (centered in West Lafayette)
Cluster Leader: Donatella Danielli, Ph.D. (Purdue University)

North Carolina (centered in the Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill area)
Cluster Leader: Janis Oldham, Ph.D. (North Carolina A&T State University)
Co-Leader: Ellen Kirkman, Ph.D. (Wake Forest University)

Mid-Atlantic (centered in Philadelphia, PA)
Cluster Leader: Helen Grundman, Ph.D. (Bryn Mawr College)

Mathematics Education Cluster
Cluster Co-Leader: Gwendolyn Lloyd, Ph.D. (Virginia Tech)
Cluster Co-Leader: Karen D. King, Ph.D. (New York University)

Iowa (centered at Ames, Iowa)
Cluster Leader: Leslie Hogben, Ph.D. (Iowa State University)

Minnesota (centered at Minneapolis, Minnesota)
Cluster Leader: Christine Berkesch Zamaere, Ph.D. (University of Minnesota)

North Carolina Cluster