Published on *Hope College* (http://hope.edu)

Claudia Polini, assistant professor of mathematics at Hope College, has received a grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) in support of her research.

Her research is on the boundary between

commutative algebra and algebraic geometry. Both fields

arose from the classical problem of studying mathematical

objects defined in the plane by the simplest of equations,

namely polynomials. Today, the fields use methods not only

from algebra, but also from analysis and topology, and

conversely are extensively used in those fields, as well as

in fields as diverse as physics, theoretical computer

science, cryptography, coding theory and robotics.

Polini received the full, $59,112, three-year

grant that she had sought. According to the NSF, the

foundation funds fewer than 20 percent of the research grant

proposals it receives, and of those that are accepted only

10 percent receive funding for the entire requested three-

year duration.

She joined the Hope faculty in the fall of 1998.

She holds a bachelor's degree in mathematics from the

Universita degli Studi di Padova in Italy, and a doctorate

in mathematics from Rutgers University.

Before coming to Hope, Polini was a research

visiting instructor in mathematics at Michigan State

University.

**Links:**

[1] http://hope.edu/1998/04/05/claudia-polini-mathematics-faculty-receives-nsf-research-grant