This award is established in memory of Henrietta O. Midonick who taught mathematics at Stuyvesant High School for many decades until her retirement in 1973. She was also an assistant principal, chair of the Mathematics Department, coach of the Math Team and faculty advisor of the journal Math Survey. The academic rigor of her classes and her high standards for excellence helped to prepare well countless students for college and beyond.
In addition to her pedagogy, Mrs. Midonick was an accomplished scholar. She was the author of the book, “The Treasury of Mathematics” which describes pivotal advances in the history of mathematics and their impact on civilization. She also wrote the introduction to “A Short Dictionary of Mathematics.”
The awardee will be selected annually by the faculty of the Mathematics Department, on the basis of proficiency in mathematics and participation in extracurricular activities in this field. Preference will be given, but not limited to female students.