The mathematics professor will review national research proposals and make crucial funding recommendations during her prestigious two-year position.
Dr. Striuli will bring back...an enriched perspective on the mathematical sciences that will benefit our department...the sciences... and our students.
— Irene Mulvey, PhD, Professor of Mathematics and Department Chair.
Fairfield University Associate Professor of Mathematics Janet Striuli, PhD, has been awarded the prestigious distinction of being appointed a rotating program director for the National Science Foundation (NSF) in Washington D.C.
Rotating program directors -- referred to as rotators -- are scientists, engineers, and educators of the highest caliber, selected by the NSF following a competitive application process based on the breadth and depth of their research, and their potential to further scholarship through mentoring and collaboration.
“I am thrilled that the National Science Foundation, the premiere organization advancing intellectual achievements in the sciences and mathematics, has appointed Professor Striuli to this prestigious position,” said Richard Greenwald, PhD, dean of the College or Arts and Sciences at Fairfield. “This is a confirmation of the exceptional quality of research at Fairfield, and in particular, the Department of Mathematics.”
As part of her two-year appointment, Striuli will work in Washington D.C., where she will review research proposals, make funding recommendations, and “have the opportunity to be involved with a broad spectrum of national scientific programs and initiatives that ultimately increase intellectual awareness and enhance professional growth.” From this unique perspective, Striuli and her fellow temporary program directors will have the opportunity to help shape the future in the fields of international science, engineering, and education, while retaining connections to their home institutions.
“In two years, Dr. Striuli will bring back to Fairfield an enriched perspective on the mathematical sciences that will benefit our department, the rest of the sciences, and especially, our students,” said Irene Mulvey, PhD, professor of mathematics and department chair.
Dr. Striuli will begin her two-year NSF appointment in late summer 2018.
The NSF is an independent federal agency that supports fundamental research and education across all fields of science and engineering. With an annual budget of nearly $7 billion, the agency funds the work of principal investigators at nearly 2,000 universities and institutions across the United States and strives to advance the frontiers of knowledge by encouraging cross-disciplinary research and creating strong international partnerships.