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Valentine's Day flowers that last a lifetime

February 02, 2012

Looking for flowers for that friend or special someone on Valentine’s Day but don’t want to purchase something that will fade in a few days?

The ASU Association for Women in Mathematics (ASUAWM) student chapter will be selling origami flowers and candy from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Feb. 8-14 (excluding the weekend), at the Memorial Union fountain, on the Tempe campus. The funds raised will go toward ASUAWM future events and the Sonia Kovalevsky High School Mathematics Day that is scheduled to take place March 10 on the ASU West campus.

Flowers will be sold for $1 each or a dozen for $10.

Now in its second semester, ASUAWM is the only student chapter in Arizona. These young women love mathematics, and they aren’t afraid to show it. The organization president, Greta Hanson, is a senior working on a dual major in mathematics and psychology. Hanson was looking for a way to become more involved in the math community, and her hard work and persistence has paid off.

Hanson plans to earn her master’s degree in education. She founded the ASU Association for Women in Mathematics to "leave a positive footprint on ASU by encouraging all students (men and women) from all different backgrounds and skill levels to pursue and continue an education in mathematics and math-related fields.”

Margot Thomas, the organization's vice president, is majoring in microbiology and chemistry with a minor in statistics. “ASUAWM could be an inspiration for others, especially other women,” Thomas says. She was inspired by one of her biology professors to add a statistics minor.

The ASUAWM goal is to diminish the stereotype that women can’t make it in a mathematics field and build a strong community and network for all students with a passion for math. The organization is working to establish outreach activities at local schools, develop a mentoring network, and create initiatives to support and encourage members preparing for graduate school.

ASUAWM is open to all students (men, women, undergraduate and graduate) who have a love of mathematics. For more information and a list of meeting times visit or contact ASUAWM via email at ASUAWM also can be found on Facebook.

Caleen Canady


School of Mathematical and Statistical Sciences

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences