UIC mathematician named Sloan fellow

Mar 03, 2016 03:37 PM

University of Illinois at Chicago mathematician Kevin Tucker has been named a 2016 Sloan research fellow by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.

Awarded in eight scientific and technical fields, Sloan fellowships recognize and support early-career scientists whose achievements and potential identify them as rising stars. This year, the foundation awarded 126 fellowships to scholars from 52 colleges and universities across the U.S. and Canada.

Tucker, assistant professor of mathematics at UIC, has research interests in algebraic geometry and commutative algebra. A graduate of the University of Chicago, he received his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan and was a postdoctoral instructor and researcher at Princeton University and the University of Utah before coming to UIC in 2013. He is the 14th faculty member from UIC’s department of mathematics, statistics and computer science to receive a Sloan fellowship.

Since the program began in 1955, 43 former Sloan fellows have gone on to receive a Nobel Prize; 16 have won the Fields Medal in mathematics; and 68 have received the National Medal of Science. Fellowships are awarded in chemistry, computer science, economics, mathematics, computational and evolutionary molecular biology, neuroscience, ocean sciences, and physics.