Dr. Jonathan Meddaugh recently was awarded a Marie Curie Fellowship, a highly competitive scientific research fellowship funded by the European Union. In 2013 (the most recent year with published data), there were 1,909 applicants for these awards. Only 200 were awarded, and, of those 200 funded, only 5 were in mathematics! This is a huge honor for Jonathan and the Baylor Math Department.
Marie Curie Fellows are given funding to support their research for two years with no teaching obligations. Jonathan chose to take his fellowship at the University of Birmingham in England and to work with Dr. Chris Good, a reader in pure mathematics there. Jonathan will also spend a few months at the University of Vienna working with Professor Henk Bruin.
Besides earning his B.S. in mathematics from Baylor, Jonathan spent the last three years as a postdoctoral researcher at Baylor. While at Baylor, he worked with Dr. Brian Raines on research and taught several courses. He also published seven research articles and gave several invited presentations at mathematics conferences, including a plenary talk at the 17th Galway Topology Colloquium in Ireland and a semi-plenary talk at the 29th Summer Conference on Topology and its Applications in New York City.
Jonathan is the second Marie Curie Fellow with Baylor connections named Jon! Indeed, Jonatan Lennells, a former Assistant Professor in the Baylor Mathematics Department and now at the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm Sweden, also received this prestigious award while at Cambridge University, before joining our department.