The Association for Women in Science will hold a reception honoring Rep. Margaret Heckler (R-Mass.) for her support of programs for women in science at 6 p.m. today in the Pan American Room of the Capital Hilton Hotel.

The association is holding its annual meeting in conjunction with the American Association for the Advancement of Science today, tomorrow and Wednesday at the Sheraton-Carlton and Capital Hilton hotels.

A panel discussion on "Women in Science: Prospects for the '80s" will be held today at 2:30 p.m. in the Chandelier Room of the Sheraton Carlton. Members of the panel will include Betty Vetter, executive director of the Scientific Manpower Commission; Donald Rheem, minority technical consultant of the House Science and Technology Committee, and Mary Clutter of the National Science Foundation.

Tomorrow at 2:30 p.m., "Aspects of Mathematical Performance by Males and Females" will be discussed by Elizabeth Fennema, professor of curriculum and instruction at the University of Wisconsin; Anne Peterson, director for the Laboratory for the Study of Adolescence at the University of Chicago; Thomas Donlon, research scientist for the College Board Program of the Educational Testing Service; Lynn Fox, professor of education at Johns Hopkins University, and Florence Denmark, professor of psychology at Hunter College and the City University of New York. The program will be held in the South American Room of the Capital Hilton.

The associations will host a luncheon Wednesday at 12:30 in the Pan American Room of the Capital Hilton. Tickets may be purchased at the hotel.

Call 833-1998 for information.