Congratulations to Sophie Spirkl, Ph.D. Candidate in PACM, Applied and Computational Mathematics on being awarded the Charlotte Elizabeth Procter Fellowship for the 2017-18 academic year!

Sophie was recommended by the Fellowship Subcommittee and the award was approved by the Faculty Committee on the Graduate School in recognition of her “outstanding performance and professional promise”. Established in 1912 in memory of Charlotte Elizabeth Procter by her son, this fellowship acknowledges Sophie’s distinguished work in the Program in Applied and Computational Mathematics.

Sophie’s work focuses on structural graph theory. Graphs are used to represent connections between elements of a set, such as airports connected by flights, or cities connected by roads. Structural graph theory explores the properties of graphs in which some fixed local patterns do not occur. These insights are often useful for designing efficient algorithms.

Sophie received her BSc and MSc degrees in Mathematics from the University of Bonn in 2013 and 2014, respectively, and she is now pursuing a Ph.D. in Applied and Computational Mathematics.

Sophie’s advisors are Maria Chudnovsky and Paul Seymour.