Benjamin Schmidt, one of our third year Ph.D. students in mathematics, has been awarded a prestigious Presidential Fellowship by the university's Graduate School. Only about 15 of these fellowships are given every semester to the most exceptional doctoral students in the entire university. They recognize outstanding scholarship and research ability and provide recipients with the opportunity to devote all of their time to their dissertation research.
Benjamin joined our department in 2012 after completing his masters degree at the University of Bonn in Germany. He has since been working with Professor Emanuele Macri on problems in Algebraic Geometry. His current research investigates the birational geometry of moduli spaces in the context of the minimal model program, developing, in particular, the use of the so called Bridgeland stability conditions. Benjamin's results have received recognition from international experts in the area. He has already several articles that have been accepted for publication in strong journals as well as invitations to numerous talks, both national and international.