Texas A&M University mathematician Junehyuk Jung has been recognized as a 2019 Sloan Research Fellow of the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.

Jung, who joined the Texas A&M Department of Mathematics as an assistant professor in fall 2017, is a leading expert in the area of quantum chaos, which uses arithmetic and number theory developed-tools to better understand quantum chaotic systems. He is one of 126 scientific researchers selected from 57 North American colleges and universities for the prestigious fellowship, which has been presented annually since 1955 to honor early career scholars whose achievements mark them as among the most promising researchers in their fields.

"Sloan Research Fellows are the best young scientists working today," said Adam F. Falk, president of the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. "Sloan Fellows stand out for their creativity, for their hard work, for the importance of the issues they tackle, and the energy and innovation with which they tackle them. To be a Sloan Fellow is to be in the vanguard of 21st century science."

The two-year, $70,000 fellowships are open to scholars in eight scientific and technical fields -- chemistry, computer science, economics, mathematics, computational and evolutionary molecular biology, neuroscience, ocean sciences and physics -- and awarded in close coordination with the scientific community. Candidates must be nominated by their fellow scientists, and winning fellows are selected by independent panels of senior scholars on the basis of a candidate's research accomplishments, creativity and potential to become a leader in his or her field.

Beyond being one of only 20 mathematicians nationwide to be selected for a Sloan fellowship this year, Jung is one of three recipients from Texas institutions, joining Rice University's Mark Torres and Ming Yi in representing the Lone Star State. Likewise, he joins a rather distinguished list within the Texas A&M College of Science, which now boasts 19 Sloan winners to its credit during the past 51 years, including current and former Texas A&M mathematicians Ron Douglas (1968), Stephen Milne (1981), Jon Pitts (1981), David Dobson (1997), Catherine Yan (2001), Wolfgang Bangerth (2008), Laura Matusevich (2008) and Grigoris Paouris (2011).

"This Sloan Fellowship is an outstanding honor for Dr. Jung that is well deserved," said Dr. Emil J. Straube, professor and head of Texas A&M Mathematics. "I am sure that he is at the beginning of an illustrious career, and we are fortunate to have him on our faculty."

Jung earned his Ph.D. in mathematics from Princeton University in 2013 after receiving both bachelor's and master's degrees in mathematics from the University of Chicago in 2008. He has held visiting professorial appointments at Northwestern, the University of California at Berkeley and Yale University prior to coming to Texas A&M. He also was a member of the School of Mathematics within Princeton's Institute for Advanced Study (2014-2015) as well as a researcher at South Korea's KAIST Department of Mathematical Science (2013-2016).

In addition to the Sloan Research Fellowship, Jung has received the Posco TJ Park Science Fellowship, a Samsung Scholarship for Graduate Studies and a Kwanjeong Scholarship for College Students. As an undergraduate student, he was one of three University of Chicago representatives in the William Lowell Putnam Mathematics Competition, logging honorable mention, team rank No. 5 and top 24 individuals finishes in 2005, 2006 and 2007, respectively.

For more on the Sloan Fellows Program and a to see a complete list of 2019 honorees, visit https://sloan.org/fellowships/2019-Fellows.

Learn more about Jung and his teaching, research and service at Texas A&M.

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Contact: Shana K. Hutchins, (979) 862-1237 or shutchins@science.tamu.edu or Dr. Emil J. Straube, (979) 845-6028 or head@math.tamu.edu

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