Professor Youngju Choie becomes the first female recipient of the KMS Prize

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The Korean Mathematical Society awarded Professor Youngju Choie with the prestigious KMS Prize at the 2018 Joint Meeting of the Korean Mathematical Society and the German Mathematical Society.

Since 1982, the prize has been annually given to the top mathematician in Korea. This year’s prize is made even more notable due to the fact that Professor Choie became the first ever female recipient of the prize. Hyang-Sook Lee, the President of the Korean Mathematical Society, expressed her excitement and said, “The KMS Prize represents a lifelong dedication to excellence in mathematics. As such, I am delighted to present the prize to its first female recipient.”

After receiving her Ph.D. from Temple University, Professor Choie has been with the Department of Mathematics at POSTECH since 1990. An expert of number theory and modular forms, Professor Choie’s contributions into research of L-functions was credited for the decision to bestow the highest honor given by the Korean Mathematical Society.

Professor Choie is also a Member of the Board of Trustees of the National Research Foundation of Korea, the President of the Korean Women in Mathematical Sciences, and a Fellow of the American Mathematical Society.