Chenyang Xu Wins New Horizons Prize
Chenyang Xu will receive a 2019 New Horizons in Mathematics Prize for his work on the Minimal Model Program in algebraic geometry.
The "early-career" version of the Breakthrough Prize is awarded to promising junior researchers who have already produced important work in mathematics.
Prior to joining our department this year, Chenyang was a professor at the Beijing International Center of Mathematical Research. He recently spoke at ICM 2018, and was awarded China’s inaugural Future Science Prize in Mathematics and Computer Science in 2017.
Previous MIT recipients of the New Horizons Prize in Mathematics are Larry Guth in 2016, and Wei Zhang and Zhiwei Yun in 2018.
Read more about the winners and where to watch the awards ceremony at the MIT News.
Semyon Dyatlov Receives Early Career Awards
Semyon Dyatlov received the 2018 Early Career Award from the International Association of Mathematical Physics at July’s International Congress on Mathematical Physics in Montreal, Canada.
Given in recognition of a single achievement in Mathematical Physics, this triennial award went to Semyon for his “introduction and the proof of the fractal uncertainty principle (FUP), which has important applications to quantum chaos and to observability and control of quantum systems.”
Semyon recently also received a CAREER Award from the National Science Foundation’s Division of Mathematical Sciences for “Classical and Quantum Chaos.”
PRIMES and RSI Students Win Davidson Awards
Two students participating in PRIMES and RSI recently received $25,000 Davidson Fellows Scholarships.
PRIMES-USA participant Franklyn Wang, a senior at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science & Technology and Regeneron Science Talent Search 2018 finalist, won for solving a math problem that has puzzled mathematicians for nearly a century. Franklyn presented his findings in his paper "Monodromy Groups of Indecomposable Rational Functions," mentored by Prof. Michael Zieve of the University of Michigan.
David Wu, now an MIT freshman, wrote his paper under mentor and MIT doctoral student Robert Burklund, as part of the 2017 RSI math program class. The paper, “Nonuniform Distributions of Patterns of Sequences of Primes in Prime Moduli,” aims to improve methods for gathering data on prime number patterns by several orders of magnitude, and may be applied to cryptography and cybersecurity. David was also a 2017 Siemens semifinalist and a 2018 Regeneron STS finalist.
Three other PRIMES students earned honorable mentions: Ayush Agarwal of San Ramon, CA, Louis Golowich of Lexington, MA, and Michael Ma of Plano, TX.
The 2018 Davidson Fellows will be recognized in Washington, D.C., on Friday, Sept. 28, 2018. PRIMES and RSI programs last year were run by faculty advisors Pavel Etingof, David Jerison, and Ankur Moitra, program director Slava Gerovitch, and head mentor Tanya Khovanova.