Jinyoung Park Named a 2024 Sloan Foundation Research Fellow

February 20, 2024

Jinyoung Park, Assistant Professor of Mathematics, has been named a 2024 Sloan Research Fellow. This year's 126 fellows "represent the most promising scientific researchers working today. Their achievements and potential place them among the next generation of scientific leaders in the U.S. and Canada."

Professor Park’s research includes deepening our understanding of random discrete structures. Her work uses tools from several areas, including combinatorics, probability theory, and information theory, to analyze the location of phase transitions (e.g. molecular changes that occur when water turns to ice), important phenomena in physics and social networks characterizing the boundary between connected and disconnected phases. In her recent work, she provided a unified characterization for many such transitions by exploiting tools from the aforementioned areas that seemingly had no connection to phase transitions.

Since the first Sloan Research Fellowships were awarded in 1955, 93 faculty from NYU have been selected as recipients. Winners receive $75,000, which may be spent over a two-year term on any expense supportive of their research.