Mathematics Professor Wins National Award

Gurel-Basak-250x265UCF mathematics professor Basak Gurel, Ph.D., demonstrates the quality of her research by receiving the National Science Foundation CAREER Award on May 15.

The Faculty Early Career Development Program, or CAREER, is an NSF-wide activity that offers the most prestigious awards in support of faculty who exemplify the role of teacher-scholars through the integration of research and education within the context of the mission of their organizations.

Gurel’s research project on the periodic orbits of Hamiltonian systems and reeb flows also earned her a $71,000 research grant.

This will be Gurel’s second win from the NSF, as she was awarded for her research on the symplectic topology of Hamiltonian systems with infinite orbits in 2013.

The NSF also funds about 20 percent of federal support to academic institutions for basic research.

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