First female American to make the U.S. International Mathematical Olympiad Team
"Melanie Wood is an American mathematician 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 Vilas Distinguished Achievement Professor of Mathematics at the University of Wisconsin, after spending 2 years as Szegö Assistant Professor at Stanford University…
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. Wood was also a cheerleader and student newspaper editor at her school.
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. 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.
In 2012, she became a fellow of the American Mathematical Society.
In 2017 she received an NSF Career Award and the AWM-Microsoft Research Prize in Algebra and Number Theory from the Association for Women in Mathematics." (1)