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Prestigious Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship Awarded to Lehman Mathematics Professor Jason Behrstock

March 1, 2010

Mathematics and Computer Science Professor Jason Behrstock accepting the 2009 Feliks Gross Endowment Award.

Lehman College Mathematics and Computer Science Professor Jason Behrstock has been awarded a prestigious Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship, joining early-career scientists, mathematicians and economists from 56 colleges and universities in the United States and Canada. These fellowships are awarded yearly to 118 researchers in recognition of distinguished performance and a unique potential to make substantial contributions to their field.

Awarded since 1955, the Fellowship provides recipients with $50,000 for a two-year period to support their research at the frontiers of physics, chemistry, computational and evolutionary molecular biology, computer science, economics, mathematics, and neuroscience. Past fellows have gone on to receive such awards as the Nobel Prize, the National Medal of Science and the Fields Medal, the top honor in mathematics.

"This is one of the most prestigious awards to be given to young mathematicians," said Lehman Mathematics and Computer Science Chair Dr. Robert Feinerman. "It is a fitting recognition of Professor Behrstock's commitment to pushing the boundaries of his scholarship through serious research and a dedication to the discipline of mathematics."

Other Lehman math faculty have previously won the award, including Prof. John Smillie, now at Cornell University, and current Profs. Michael Handel and Nicholas Hanges, who received the fellowship prior to joining Lehman.

Prior to joining the Lehman faculty in 2008, Professor Behrstock taught mathematics at Columbia University and at the University of Utah. An expert on geometric group theory and low-dimensional topology, he was honored in 2009 with the Feliks Gross Endowment Award from the City University of New York and previously won the Dorothy Pieper Merit Award from SUNY for Outstanding Entering Doctoral Studies. His research has been widely published in scholarly publications, including Annals of Mathematics, Geometry and Topology and Duke Mathematical Journal, and he has received a number of grants from the National Science Foundation.

The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation is a philanthropic, not-for-profit grantmaking institution that supports original research and broad-based education in science, technology, engineering, mathematics and economic performance.