# Early Career Prize

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- | <li> Jan Draisma (Chair) - Universitat Bern, Switzerland, | + | <li> [https://mathsites.unibe.ch/jdraisma/ Jan Draisma] (Chair) - Universitat Bern, Switzerland, |

- | <li> Sandra Di Rocco - KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden | + | <li> [https://people.kth.se/~dirocco/ Sandra Di Rocco] - KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden |

- | <li> Seth Sullivant - North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC | + | <li> [http://www4.ncsu.edu/~smsulli2/ Seth Sullivant] - North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC |

- | <li> Rekha Thomas - University of Washington, Seattle, WA | + | <li> [https://www.math.washington.edu/~thomas/ Rekha Thomas] - University of Washington, Seattle, WA |

- | <li> Charles Wampler - General Motors Research and Development Center, Warren, MI | + | <li> [http://www3.nd.edu/~cwample1/ Charles Wampler] - General Motors Research and Development Center, Warren, MI |

- | <li> Lihong Zhi - Academia Sinica, Beijing, China | + | <li> [http://www.mmrc.iss.ac.cn/~lzhi/ Lihong Zhi] - Academia Sinica, Beijing, China |

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<li> the name of the surface ''Seepferdchen''; | <li> the name of the surface ''Seepferdchen''; | ||

- | <li> the equation ''x^4-2.5x^2+y^3 - xz^3 +y^6 -y^2 z^3 = 0''; | + | <li> the equation ''x^4 - 2.5x^2y^3 - xz^3 + y^6 - y^2 z^3 = 0''; |

<li> the names of the modelers, [http://danielthebrake.org D. Brake] and [http://www.nd.edu/~jhauenst J. Hauenstein]; and | <li> the names of the modelers, [http://danielthebrake.org D. Brake] and [http://www.nd.edu/~jhauenst J. Hauenstein]; and | ||

<li> the name of the computational algebraic geometry program used to compute the model, [http://bertinireal.com Bertini_real]. | <li> the name of the computational algebraic geometry program used to compute the model, [http://bertinireal.com Bertini_real]. |

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## [edit] **Principal guideline**

The SIAM Activity Group on Algebraic Geometry (SI(AG)^{2}) Early Career Prize, established in 2016, is awarded to an outstanding early career researcher in the field of algebraic geometry and its applications, for distinguished contributions to the field in the three calendar years prior to the year of the award.

## [edit] **Eligibility**

The nominee's work must be a significant research contribution to algebraic geometry and its applications. At least one of the papers containing this work must be published in English in a peer-reviewed journal or conference proceedings bearing a publication date within the three calendar years prior to the year of the award. Moreover, either the recipient must be a graduate student or the paper's publication date must be no more than three (3) calendar years later than the year in which the author received the PhD or equivalent degree. The committee may consider exceptions to the three-year rule, for career interruptions or delays occurring, e.g., for child bearing, child rearing, elder care, or backlog in journal publication. The award can be received only once in a lifetime.

The term "algebraic geometry" is interpreted broadly in the spirit of the Rules of Procedure of SI(AG)^{2}, and includes among others algebraic geometry, commutative algebra, noncommutative algebra, symbolic and numeric computation, algebraic and geometric combinatorics, representation theory, and algebraic topology; as well as their applications in areas such as biology, coding theory, cryptography, computer graphics, quantum computing, control theory, geometric design, complexity theory, machine learning, optimization, robotics, computational geometry, and statistics.

### [edit] **Eligibility for 2017 prize**

The overlap in eligibility periods is intended to ensure that no candidate will fail to be considered due to the nomination deadline. The 2017 award will have the following scenarios:

- 2011 PhD and 2014 paper
- 2012 PhD and 2014-15 paper
- 2013-2017+ PhD and 2014-16 paper.

## [edit] **Prize Committee**

### [edit] **Formation**

The recipient will be selected by the SI(AG)^{2} Prize Committee on the Early Career Prize. This committee will consist of a panel of at least five SI(AG)^{2} members. The SI(AG)^{2} Chair, in consultation with the other officers, will form a list of at least five SI(AG)^{2} members to serve on the prize selection committee, will designate the chair, and will submit the list to the SIAM Vice President at Large (SIAM VP) for approval prior to inviting the committee members to serve. The SI(AG)^{2} officers will seek to ensure a diverse composition of the prize committee in research area, gender, geography, employment sector (industry, national laboratories, universities), and under-represented groups.

### [edit] **Tenure**

The term of office will be from the date of appointment until the date of the award.

### [edit] **Rules of Operation**

The Prize Committee will solicit nominations for the prize from the general membership of the SI(AG)^{2}, using SIAM office resources as needed.
If a committee member accepts nomination for the award, the SIAG officers will appoint a replacement upon notification by the committee chair and with the approval of the SIAM VP.

### [edit] **2017 Prize Committee**

- Jan Draisma (Chair) - Universitat Bern, Switzerland,
- Sandra Di Rocco - KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden
- Seth Sullivant - North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC
- Rekha Thomas - University of Washington, Seattle, WA
- Charles Wampler - General Motors Research and Development Center, Warren, MI
- Lihong Zhi - Academia Sinica, Beijing, China

## [edit] **Selection Procedures**

### [edit] **Prize Committee's Recommendation**

The Prize Committee will notify the SIAM VP of its selection at least six months prior to the award date. The notification must be accompanied by a written justification and a citation not exceeding 25 words that can be used for a certificate to be read at award time. The SIAM VP will accept or reject the committee's recommendation within one month of notification. If the recommendation is accepted, the award presentation will be made according to the procedure below. If the recommendation is not accepted, the SIAM VP and the Prize Committee will select an acceptable individual at least four months prior to the award date. The Selection Committee has the authority to choose to abstain from giving the award if there is not an acceptable individual, i.e., not enough nominations. If the award is not given, a new Selection Committee will be selected for the next award cycle.

### [edit] **Notification of Award**

The Chair of the Prize Committee will notify the recipient of the award at least four months in advance of the award date. As part of the notification, an invitation will also be extended to the recipient to attend the award ceremony at the SIAM Conference on Applied Algebraic Geometry to receive the award. The recipient will also be offered the opportunity to give a talk at this conference about the work for which the award is given.

## [edit] **Description of Award**

### [edit] **Award Type**

The award will consist of a certificate containing the citation. Additionally, for the first five awards (2017, 2019, 2021, 2023, 2025), a 3D-printed algebraic surface will be presented to the winner in a trophy case, donated by Jonathan Hauenstein. The surface is Seepferdchen or *Sea horse*, which has been used in a variety of publications about algebraic geometry. This surface has one singular point at the origin. The 3D print is emblazoned with

- the name of the surface
*Seepferdchen*; - the equation
*x^4 - 2.5x^2y^3 - xz^3 + y^6 - y^2 z^3 = 0*; - the names of the modelers, D. Brake and J. Hauenstein; and
- the name of the computational algebraic geometry program used to compute the model, Bertini_real.

As part of the award, the recipient will be invited to give a talk at the conference. SIAM will make travel funds available to reimburse the recipient for reasonable travel expenses incurred in attending the award ceremony and giving the talk.

### [edit] **Award Date**

The prize is awarded every second year at the biennial SIAM Conference on Applied Algebraic Geometry.

### [edit] **The Prize Fund**

Since there is no cash award, there will be no prize fund.

## [edit] **Award Presentation**

The SI(AG)^{2} Chair and the Chair of the Prize Committee will announce the award at the SIAM Conference on Applied Algebraic Geometry and present the award to the recipient. An announcement of the award will appear in SIAM News, on the SI(AG)^{2} website, and in the SI(AG)^{2} Newsletter.