Professor Lillian Pierce wins NSF CAREER Award and von Neumann Fellowship

Lillian Pierce, Assistant Professor in the Department of Mathematics has been offered a CAREER award from the National Science Foundation. The CAREER Award (CAREER: The Faculty Early Career Development Program) is a foundation-wide activity that offers the National Science Foundation's most prestigious awards in support of the early career development activities of those teacher-scholars who most effectively integrate research and education within the context of the mission of the organization.

Professor Pierce states,“I am thrilled to receive this five-year grant from the NSF, which will support key aspects of my research. In particular, it will allow me to recruit postdocs to Duke, in order to collaborate on long-standing open problems. In addition, the CAREER grant provides funding for me to organize a summer school that will introduce graduate students and young researchers to ideas at the intersection of two important research areas of current mathematics.”

Professor Pierce will spend a year at Princeton University on a von Neumann Fellowship with the Institute for Advanced Study (IAS) focused on her own research.

“ I am honored to be invited to the Institute for the year. Princeton is an incredibly stimulating place, mathematically—and in addition the IAS contributes its own very special atmosphere of peaceful, intense focus, which I find very productive. I am sure that during this year I will gain many ideas and insights for my future work.” said Pierce.