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Emily Witt Receives NSF CAREER Award

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Emily Witt, assistant professor of mathematics, has received a National Science Foundation (NSF) award for the Faculty Early Career Development Program (CAREER).  This is NSF’s most prestigious award 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.

The award is for her proposal New frontiers for Frobenius, singularity theory, differential operators and local cohomology for the period of 2020-2025.  This project advances the field of commutative algebra, and also trains junior scientists to develop skills relevant to a variety of scientific careers. The project also includes three initiatives focused on education, outreach and scientific leadership. These initiatives support research collaboration among women algebraists, implement an REU training program serving students from groups that are underrepresented in the STEM fields, and create new computer algebra software for research and education. This project also aims to further our understanding of commutative rings and algebraic varieties using prime characteristic methods, differential operators, and local cohomology.

Emily received her Ph.D. in mathematics in 2011 from the University of Michigan. After positions at the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute and Universities of Minnesota and Utah, she came to KU in 2015. Her research has been supported by the National Science Foundation, Simons Foundation, and a College Research Excellence Award. Her teaching has been recognized by KU with the Morrison Foundation Award for Excellence in Teaching (2019), and a J. Michael Young Academic Advisor Award (2019).

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