UH Math Professor Honored with Award for Excellence in Research and Scholarship

Known for having made an extension to algebraic number theory, University of Houston Associate Professor of Math Min Ru has been honored with the university’s Research and Scholarship Excellence Award. As a recipient, Ru will receive a $3,000 stipend.

"For a young mathematician, Ru has an unusually broad range of research interests, including complex analysis, differential geometry and number theory," says a fellow colleague and nominator. "He has made important contributions in these fields, and his work has been published in leading mathematical journals."

Another nominator says, "It is quite clear that Min Ru will soon become one of the major figures in his field. In fact, he is well on the way to being that already."

The excellence award is given every year to three faculty members of different professorship rank. An award at the associate professor rank is for those who have established a growing record of outstanding research, scholarship, or creative contributions, and who are at the point of emerging leadership in their field. At the time of nomination, an individual must have at least three years’ service.

Ru received his doctorate from the University of Notre Dame in 1990, then held an assistant professorship at the National University of Singapore from 1990-92. He was then appointed to a three-year Benjamin Pierce Instructorship at Harvard University, a prestigious, highly sought-after appointment. Ru accepted an assistant professorship in UH’s Department of Math in July 1995. Two years later, he was promoted to associated professor with tenure.

Almost at a loss for words at describing how he felt about winning the award, Ru says, "I am quite happy, of course. This is a very important point in my life. It’s a recognition of my efforts and the work I have done. I’ll continue to work hard."

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May 5, 1999