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MSU’s Hendricks Gets 2018 NSF CAREER Award

Kristen Hendricks

Kristen Hendricks, assistant professor of mathematics, Michigan State University, received $425,000 from NSF’s Division of Mathematical Sciences to support her work in equivariant Floer theory and low-dimensional topology, the mathematical study of shape. The grant will also support undergraduate researchers and local outreach programs intended to enhance the accessibility of mathematics at early stages.

Hendricks is one of six Michigan State University College of Natural Science (NatSci) women scientists to receive National Science Foundation (NSF) Early CAREER Faculty Awards in 2018. The occasion, which marks the first time that six NSF Early CAREER Awards have been given to a single college—and to six women faculty members in the same year—is unprecedented at MSU. The five-year (2018-2023) grants collectively total more than $3.6 million.

The CAREER Award is one of NSF’s most prestigious awards in support of early career faculty members who exemplify the role of teacher-scholars through outstanding research, excellent education and the integration of education and research.

“This grant will be a tremendous boon both to my ability to carry out my research and to support and help educate early researchers and younger students in my home state,” Hendricks said. “Naturally, I am delighted and will endeavor to justify the NSF’s good opinion.”

A Michigan native, Hendricks received her Ph.D. in mathematics from Columbia University in 2013, followed by postdoctoral work at UCLA. She joined MSU in 2016.

  • Val Osowski via the College of Natural Science website

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