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Ifrim and Tran chosen for NSF Early Career Awards


Two Assistant Professors in the Math department, Mihaela Ifrim and Hung Tran, have won National Science Foundation Early Career Awards. A hallmark achievement for young researchers, the CAREER award is described by the NSF as “a Foundation-wide activity that offers the National Science Foundation’s most prestigious awards in support of early-career faculty who have the potential to serve as academic role models in research and education and to lead advances in the mission of their department or organization. Activities pursued by early-career faculty should build a firm foundation for a lifetime of leadership in integrating education and research.”

University of Wisconsin-Madison graduate student awarded Department of Energy fellowship


Jason Turner, a doctoral candidate in Mathematics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, has been awarded a Department of Energy Computational Science Graduate Fellowship (DOE CSGF).
Turner, from Pittsfield, Massachusetts, is in Samuel Stechmann’s group. Only around 6 percent of applicants were chosen for the fellowship in 2019.

The DOE CSGF, administered by the Krell Institute of Ames, Iowa, is funded by the DOE’s Office of Science and the National Nuclear Security Administration. Each year, the program grants fellowships to support doctoral students whose education and research focus on using high-performance computers to solve complex science and engineering problems of national importance. Since it was launched in 1991, the DOE CSGF has supported 481 students at more than 65 universities.

DOE CSGF students receive full tuition and fees plus an annual stipend and academic allowance, renewable for up to four years. In return, recipients must complete courses in a scientific or engineering discipline plus computer science and applied mathematics. They also must perform a three-month research practicum at one of 21 DOE laboratories or sites across the country.

Turner joins a group of 26 first-year fellows in 2019, bringing the total number of current DOE CSGF recipients to 95 students in 23 states.
The fellowship and related practicum experiences are effective workforce recruitment tools for the national laboratories. Nearly a quarter of all DOE CSGF alumni work or have worked in a DOE lab setting. Others pursue careers in academia, industry or government, where they introduce and advocate for computational science as a tool for discovery.

For more information on the DOE CSGF, contact the Krell Institute at 515-956-3696 or visit...

Putnam Exam Results Highlight Excellence at UW


The UW-Madison Department of Mathematics participated in the national annual Putnam Exam this fall.  Sivakorn Sanguanmoo received an honorable mention, which is a very high honor on this competitive test.  There was a team of 3 students from the UW that scored in the top 200, containing Chenghui Li, Liwei Jiang, and Sivakorn Sanguanmoo. Another team, Mingxuan Wu, Tairan Ma, Ruiting Tong, and Xiaxin Li scored in the top 500.

 The William Lowell Putnam Mathematical Competition is the preeminent undergraduate mathematics competition in the United States and Canada. Each year on the first Saturday in December, more than 4,000 students spend two 3-hour sessions solving 12 problems. 

Link:  https://www.maa.org/math-competitions/putnam-competition

Roch named as Vilas Associate


Congratulations to Sebastien Roch for being named as a Vilas Associate.  The Vilas Associates Competition recognizes new and on-going research of the highest quality and significance.  We are proud to see Sebastien being recognized for his excellent research.

UW–Madison mathematicians named Simons Fellows


Three professors at the University of Wisconsin–Madison are among the 2019 class of Simons Fellows in Mathematics.  Gheorghe Craciun, Autumn Kent and Andreas Seeger are among the 48 distinguished scientists named to fellowships.

Each year, the Simons Foundation selects as many as 50 fellows conducting research in math and the physical sciences, providing funding for an academic leave from a term to a full year. The support, according to the foundation, is meant to help recipients “focus solely on research for the long periods often necessary for significant advances.”   Founded in 1994 by Jim and Marilyn Simons, the Simons Foundation supports basic scientific research undertaken in the pursuit of understanding the phenomena of our world.

Gheroghe Craciun
Craciun, a professor of mathematics and biomolecular chemistry, studies mathematical and computational methods for understanding properties of the biochemical networks in cells, like those that regulate gene expression, send signals and manage metabolism.

Autumn Kent
Kent, an associate professor of mathematics, likes to work at the intersection of fields — studying families of geometric objects through hyperbolic geometry, topology and group theory.

Andreas Seeger
Seeger, a professor of mathematics, works in harmonic analysis. His research interests include problems on wave propagation, singular and oscillatory integrals, Fourier and spectral multipliers, and function spaces.

Link:  https://news.wisc.edu/uw-madison-mathematicians-named-simons-fellows/

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