Herbert Carter Fellow Announced

April 12, 2001

Graduate Interdisciplinary Programs is pleased to announce Michael Kuecken as the recipient of the 2001 Herbert E. Carter Graduate Interdisciplinary Fellowship. Kuecken is a doctoral student in the Applied Mathematics Graduate Interdisciplinary Program and is researching the origin and morphological patterns of fingerprints.

Kuecken has had a lifelong love of mathematics and science, especially the natural sciences. His doctoral work in the mathematical analysis of fingerprint patterns with Alan Newell, his dissertation advisor and world authority on pattern formation, will require a broad expertise in applied mathematics, elasticity theory, pattern recognition and developmental biology, a truly interdisciplinary approach to research. Michael Tabor, chair of the Applied Mathematics Graduate Interdisciplinary Program says this research "represents a beautiful and challenging area of interdisciplinary research."

The Herbert E. Carter Graduate Interdisciplinary Fellowship honors the extraordinary contributions of Dr. Herbert E. Carter to the Interdisciplinary Programs and research at the University of Arizona. It is designed to support a student of outstanding promise, creativity and scholarship to work in an interdisciplinary area.

Kuecken will receive a stipend of $12,000 along with waivers of non-resident tuition and registration fees. Five other students were selected for $500 awards. They are Patrick A. Bolger, second language acquisition and teaching; Namino Glantz, anthropology; Nizar Ibrahim, second language acquisition and teaching; Emily Lane, applied mathematics; and Yonee Seol, physics.