Carolyn Abbott receives $550,000 CAREER award from the National Science Foundation

March 6, 2024

Carolyn Abbott, associate professor of mathematics, has received a CAREER award from the National Science Foundation. This prestigious award, $550,000 distributed over a 5 year period, supports early-career faculty who have the potential to serve as academic role models in research and lead advances in the mission of their department or organization.  

This project focuses on hyperbolic spaces and the coarse geometry their structure induces on their associated symmetry groups. The project also includes initiatives in teaching and mentoring mathematics students at all levels, with a focus on targeting students from underrepresented populations both in the department and in the region. Parts of the research program will be incorporated into student projects as a way to expand access to undergraduate research at Brandeis University. 

“This grant will support my research by providing travel support that will allow members of my group to travel to conferences to present our research, as well as to bring my collaborators to Brandeis so we can have dedicated time to make progress on our research projects,” said Abbott. “Moreover, the support for the associated educational components will help build the mathematical community at Brandeis, in the greater Boston area, and nationwide.”