UI mathematician wins prestigious 2010 Sloan Research Fellowship

February 19, 2010

Xiaoyi Zhang, assistant professor of mathematics in the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, has been selected as a 2010 Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellow. The award consists of a two-year, $50,000 grant.

The 2010 Sloan Research Fellowships were given to 118 researchers at 56 colleges and universities in the United States and Canada in the fields of physics, chemistry, computational and evolutionary molecular biology, computer science, economics, mathematics and neuroscience. The annual grants "support the work of exceptional young researchers early in their academic careers, and often at pivotal stages in their work."

Zhang, who joined the UI faculty in fall 2009, conducts research in the field of quantum mechanics, and she has made important contributions toward researching the nonlinear Schrödinger equation.

This is the second consecutive year the Department of Mathematics has garnered the honor, as assistant professor Julianna Tymoczko received a 2009 Sloan Fellowship.

The Sloan Research Fellowship program was initiated in 1955. Alfred P. Sloan, then-president and CEO of General Motors Corporation, established the non-profit Alfred P. Sloan Foundation in 1934.