Donatella Delfino, assistant professor of mathematics at Hope College, has received a grant from the National Science Foundation's "Professional Opportunities for women in Research and Education" (POWRE) Program.
Selection for the awards is highly competitive.
Only about 175 of the awards are presented annually, with
candidates drawn from all areas of science and engineering.
The NSF established the POWRE program in 1997 to
help correct the under-representation of women in science
and engineering. The program seeks to increase the
prominence of women in such fields, and to enhance their
professional development by providing funding opportunities
that are not ordinarily available through regular research
and education grant programs.
Delfino's $74,959 award will support her as she
conducts research at Rutgers University in New Jersey during
the 2000-01 academic year and the summer of 2001. She will
investigate computational commutative algebra, continuing
some on-going projects and beginning new research as well,
and will be working with Professor Wolmer Vasconcelos of the
Rutgers mathematics faculty.
This summer, she and two undergraduate students
from Cornell University and St. Olaf College will go to
Rutgers to consult with Vasconcelos on a research project.
Their work will be supported by an NSF "Research Experiences
for Undergraduates" grant held by Hope's department of
mathematics and by a grant she has received from the
Association for Women in Mathematics.
A native of Italy, Delfino completed her "Laurea
in matematica" at the Universita di Genova in 1987. She
completed her doctorate at Purdue University in 1994.
Prior to joining the Hope mathematics faculty in
1997, she was an assistant professor at the University of