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## Math/Stat Moments

**2014 Fields Medal Winners**

The 2014 Fields Medalists have been announced. The Fields Medal, widely considered the most prestigious award in mathematics, is given to between two and four mathematicians under age 40, and is intended "to recognize outstanding mathematical achievement for existing work and for the promise of future achievement."

The medalists pictured above are (clockwise from upper left),

- Artur Avila, a Brazilian mathematician whose most notable research is in the study of chaos theory and dynamical systems;
- Manjul Bhargava of Princeton University, whose research focuses on number theory and algebra;
- Martin Hairer of the University of Warwick, whose research focuses on stochastic partial differential equations; and
- Maryam Mirzakhani, an Iranian maths professor at Stanford University whose work focuses on the geometry of Riemann surfaces.

Additionally, Maryam Mirzakhani's selection marks the first female winner of the Fields Medal since the award was established nearly 80 years ago.

Interested in learning more about the math that earned these individuals this tremendous honor? Check out this nice explanatory article.

## Spotlight on AMS

**AMS Students Selected for REUs**

Congratulations to Abby Branch, Kelsey Kalmbach, and Sarah Verros! These students have been selected to participate in some of the more competitive Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REUs) in the nation.

- Abby was accepted into the Institute for Pure & Applied Mathematics (IPAM) Research in Industrial Projects for Students to be held in collaboration with Hong Kong University of Science and Technology -- one of only 8 U.S. students selected;
- Kelsey was accepted into The Carleton College Summer Mathematics Program for Women -- a highly selective program that supports women in their study of mathematics; and
- Sarah was accepted into the Institute for Pure & Applied Mathematics (IPAM) Research in Industrial Projects for Students to be held at UCLA -- an opportunity for high-achieving undergraduates to work on real-world research projects.

Congratulations to all three students and good luck in your respective research opportunity!

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