Pamela Ferguson was appointed president of Grinnell College in 1991 and served in that position until 1997. After stepping down from the presidency, she continued to teach as a professor of mathematics. In 2003, she was appointed the Breid-McFarland Professor of Science.

Though she is best remembered at Grinnell College as a former president,
Pam Ferguson has been described as a lover of mathematics. She published
over forty papers in her area of group theory, most appearing in the highly
regarded *Journal of Algebra*. Her work was strongly connected to the
classification of finite simple groups, one of the landmark results of
twentieth-century mathematics.

The endowment supporting this prize was established by her husband, D. Roger Ferguson.

The goal of this merit prize is to recognize and encourage mathematical potential among students of both genders, particularly among women, who are traditionally under-represented in the discipline.

Up to two prizes will be awarded to the mathematics majors entering their senior year who are judged by the Department of Mathematics and Statistics to have demonstrated the greatest achievement and promise, as measured by such criteria as performance in mathematics classes (particularly upper-level courses), independent research projects, posters and other presentations, publications, competitions, etc. At least one of the prizes is awarded to a woman major, if one is judged excellent. If there is no suitable woman candidate, the prize is awarded to the man who is deemed excellent and best meets the criteria.

- 2010: Nicole Marie Bridgland 2011 and Benjamin Carl Greenberg 2011
- 2009: Samuel Eli Calisch 2010 and Barbara Allyn Monaco 2010
- 2008: Buchan (Lynn) Xue 2009 and Katie Shepard 2009
- 2007: Katrina M. Honigs 2008 and Rolf W. Hoyer 2008
- 2006: Stephanie Daniel Fried 2007 and Norman Lewis Perlmutter 2007

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