Dr. Harris named a 2020 Inaugural Class of Karen EDGE Fellow

The EDGE Foundation is delighted to announce the The Karen EDGE Fellowship Program was established with a generous gift from Karen Uhlenbeck on the occasion of her 2019 Abel Prize. The Fellowships are designed to support and enhance the research programs and collaborations of mid-career mathematicians who are members of an underrepresented minority group. The 2020 Fellows were selected on the basis of their excellent research programs and their plans to use the funds for enhancing those programs through collaboration and travel.

From the award announcement (found here):

Pamela Harris received her Ph.D. in Mathematics from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 2012. She was a Davies Research Fellow at the United States Military Academy, West Point, and since 2016 has been an Assistant Professor of Mathematics at Williams College. She has received numerous honors, including the Ernest Schwandt Teaching Award for outstanding teaching at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, a CURM Early Career Faculty Mentor Award, and the MAA’s Henry L. Alder Award for Distinguished Teaching by a Beginning College Mathematics Faculty Member. Pamela was an undergraduate at Marquette University.

Pamela’s research lies in the area of algebraic combinatorics; it exploits a symbiotic relationship between algebra and combinatorics. The Karen EDGE Fellowship will allow her to collaborate with two of her ongoing research groups, one on permutations and combinatorial representation theory, the other on enumerating generalized parking functions, and problems related to Kostant’s partition function. It is notable that of ten researchers involved, nine are underrepresented minorities and five are underrepresented minority women.

Pamela looks forward to the opportunities the Karen EDGE Fellowship will afford beyond enhancing and extending her research. Her plan is to use the Fellowship to build and strengthen inclusive and diverse mathematical research groups, targeting both financial and mentoring support to younger underrepresented scholars.


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