Emmy Noether Initiatives

Curiosity doesn't have a gender. Perimeter Institute aims to effect real change in the under-representation of women in theoretical physics through a series of special initiatives named after pioneering German mathematician Emmy Noether.

The Emmy Noether Initiatives at Perimeter Institute include: 

  • Inspiring Future Women in Science Events: Featuring leading women physicists, engineers, mathematicians, media personalities, and more, these annual events for high school students are an important first step in supporting and encouraging women in the sciences.
  • International Summer School for Young Physicists: This annual two-week program brings together 40 Canadian and international high school students for an exciting and challenging look at life and work in a world-leading physics institute. Perimeter ensures that half of the attendees each year are young women.
  • Undergraduate Theoretical Physics Summer Program: Twenty exceptional undergraduate students will join Perimeter Institute's research community for a fully-funded two-week summer program.  From this group, ten students will be selected to continue in a paid research internship. This program is an excellent opportunity to participate in groundbreaking research at a world-leading theoretical physics institute.
  • Perimeter Scholars International:  An intensive, one-year master’s degree program, PSI stresses problem solving and teamwork, rather than rote learning and grading. Women make up around one-third of PSI students, and graduate with powerful, widely applicable skills.
  • PhD Students  and Postdoctoral Fellows: Perimeter PhD students interact with research leaders from around the world, laying the foundation for a future career in physics. Our postdoctoral program provides unique mentoring for intellectually adventurous young theorists, who go on to flourish as independent researchers.
  • The Simons Emmy Noether Fellows Program: Timed to support women at a critical stage of their career, six annual fellowships enable visiting scientists to spend up to a year in Perimeter’s thriving, multidisciplinary community. Fellows collaborate, network, and pursue their work in a unique, ambitious, and family-friendly environment.
  • Faculty Positions and Research Chairs: Unlike traditional university positions, Perimeter faculty members have no mandatory teaching duties and few administrative burdens. Research Chairs are provided additional supports for their cutting-edge research, enabling them to pursue breakthrough science.
The Emmy Noether Initiatives are backed by a group of funders and champions of women in science called the Emmy Noether Circle. Strategic expertise to help drive and promote this mission is provided by members of the Emmy Noether Council.


Emmy Noether Initiatives are part of Perimeter Institute’s ongoing efforts to effect real change in the longstanding under-representation of women in physics. To that end, Perimeter makes particular efforts to: sponsor and host conferences and workshops devoted to women in physics; use educational outreach and communications channels to showcase the contributions women make to physics; strive toward gender equity in Perimeter Scholars International (PSI) master’s programs and other training programs; and tailor individual fellowship opportunities to outstanding women researchers.

Perimeter is consistently evaluating the effectiveness of these programs. In 2013, the Institute commissioned an internal survey and report by the Committee on the Status of Women in Physics from the American Physical Society. This was followed by consultation with representatives from the University of Michigan’s ADVANCE Program, which focuses on institutional transformation with respect to supporting equality and diversity. We recognize the under-representation of women in physics is a bigger issue than one Institute can fully address, but by effecting change here, we hope to be part of the solution. We welcome feedback and suggestions on how to improve these efforts at Perimeter and beyond. To share input, please contact our People and Culture team.
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