BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Assistant professors in astronomy, art history, mathematics, public affairs and sociology have been named as Indiana University Bloomington’s Outstanding Junior Faculty for the 2015-16 academic year.
The award, presented by the Office of the Vice Provost for Research and the Office of the Vice Provost for Faculty and Academic Affairs, celebrates tenure-track faculty working on nationally recognized research or creative programs.
Snyder joined the IU Department of Mathematics in 2012. He received his Ph.D. in mathematics from the University of California, Berkeley, in 2009. From 2009 to 2012, he was a National Science Foundation postdoctoral fellow at Columbia University and a visiting scientist at the Max Planck Institute for Mathematics.
Snyder’s research interests focus on quantum groups, tensor categories, low-dimensional topology and subfactors. His work involves several mathematical theories including the theory of subfactors, the Jones theory of planar algebras, the theory of fusion categories and the theory of polynomial knot invariants.
Snyder received the CAREER Award from the National Science Foundation for his research on tensor categories and for his long-standing outreach activities.