Mathematician Escobar wins CAREER scholarship – The Source

Laura Escobar Vegaassistant professor in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics in the Arts and Sciences at Washington University in St. Louis, won a Faculty Early Career Development Program (CAREER) from the National Science Foundation for its project “Combinatorial algebraic geometry: varieties of flags, toric geometry and applications.” The prestigious NSF CAREER program supports young faculty who embody the role of teacher-researcher through outstanding research, excellent education, and the integration of education and research.


“There is a strong record of studying discrete structures leading to advances not only in mathematics, but also in science and industry,” Escobar said. “At the same time, my project’s educational program is also focused on increasing the participation in mathematics of those who are traditionally underrepresented and recruiting talented students from underserved communities for PhD programs in math.”

Escobar’s research project studies and develops discrete structures resulting from the interaction between combinatorics and algebraic geometry. In addition to her contributions to these fields, she has recently begun to exploit the interdisciplinary potential of combinatorics, particularly in machine learning and genetics.

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