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BYU tops in nation in Fulbrights awarded in mathematics

According to the Institute of International Education, over the last eight years the Mathematics Department at Brigham Young University has received more Fulbright Awards than any other mathematics department in the nation.

Within the field of mathematics in the past three years, only 18 Fulbright Scholars were selected, and of these, three were awarded to BYU professors Gregory Conner, Wayne Barrett and Michael Dorff in 2007, 2006 and 2005, respectively.

"Their receipt of this award places them among the elite scholars of the 20th and 21st century, including more than 30 Nobel laureates," said Tyler Jarvis, chair of the BYU Mathematics Department. "This choice shows the quality of teaching, depth of knowledge and future potential of these outstanding faculty at BYU."

Supported by the United States State Department, the Fulbright program customarily selects 800 top scholars and teachers from around the nation to teach and research in other countries. Former grant recipients include 34 Nobel laureates including Riccardo Giaconni, Bengt Samuelsson, John Steinbeck, Milton Friedman and Henry Kissinger. Other Fulbright alumni include Ruth J. Simmons, president of Brown University, designer Milton Glaser and poet Sylvia Plath.

Writer: Tyler Jarvis

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