Members of the Association of Professors and Scholars of Iranian Heritage (APSIH) are in deep sorrow for the passing of Professor Maryam Mirzakhani and extend their deepest condolences to all Iranians, especially her family and friends. Professor Mirzakhani, in addition to being a mother and a wife, was also a world renown genius, and the first woman to win the most prestigious award in mathematics, the Fields Medal. Professor Mirzakhani was born in 1977 in Tehran/Iran. She received the International Mathematical Olympiad’s gold medal in 1994 and 1995. She obtained her bachelor’s degree in mathematics from

Professor Mirzakhani was born in 1977 in Tehran/Iran. She received the International Mathematical Olympiad’s gold medal in 1994 and 1995. She obtained her bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Sharif University of Technology, Tehran/Iran in 1999, and her doctoral degree from Harvard University in 2004. After her doctorate at Harvard, professor Mirzakhani accepted a position as assistant professor at Princeton University and as a research fellow at the Clay Mathematics Institute before joining the Stanford faculty. She became a full professor of mathematics at Stanford at the age of 31. 

The brilliance of this extraordinary scientist and modest human being will always be remembered and could be considered a badge of honor for all Iranians.

On Sunday, May 14, 2017, the Association of Professors and Scholars of Iranian Heritage will be holding its twentieth annual graduation ceremony honoring academic achievements by students of Iranian heritage who will be graduating in the 2016/2017 academic year.


During the ceremony, students and their families will have the opportunity to meet scientists, scholars, and professors of Iranian heritage who are faculty or researchers at various universities in California and elsewhere, and who have agreed to serve as mentors to the honored students. All attending graduates will receive certificates. Several special sponsored awards will be issued to the graduating students who have demonstrated an outstanding track record in the pursuit of their academic goals.On Sunday, May 14, 2017, the Association of Professors and Scholars of Iranian Heritage will be holding its nineteenth annual graduation ceremony honoring academic achievements by students of Iranian Heritage who will be graduating in the 2016/2017 academic year. 

"Injustice anywhere is the threat to injustice everywhere", Martin Luther King, Jr.

No doubt by now you have heard of President Trump's Executive Order (EO) proposing a 90-day suspension of visas and immigration benefits to all nationals of Iran, Syria, Sudan, Iraq, Yemen, Somalia, Libya. Anthony Romero, Executive Director of ACLU directed his organization to try to stay the ban, as many state governors and law makers of all parties stood by protestors against this unjust, un-American order that singles out certain national origins whereas statistics shows their people were never (Zero count) involved with killing even one American in the US (1975-2015).

As the Association of Professors and Scholars of Iranian Heritage (APSIH), we also would like to raise our voice and announce that we do not stand with religious, race, and nationality bigotry. We strongly condemn this discriminatory order that is not only risking the interests of the United States, but also puts a strong burden on the members of our community. This EO is affecting immigrant communities everywhere and we would not stay silent till reconsideration of this EO by the White House. To show your support, please consider signing the following petition that has been signed by thousands in our profession including several Noble Laureates to oppose the Immigration Executive Order. https://notoimmigrationban.com

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