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