CLAS mathematics faculty member named 2024 AMS Fellow

Mathematics professor Palle Jorgensen hopes the American Mathematical Society fellowship will help him be a better researcher and mentor to his students.
Monday, February 5, 2024

By: Emily Delgado  

Palle Jorgensen, Department of Mathematics professor in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, was named part of the American Mathematical Society 2024 fellow class.  

Palle Jorgensen
Palle Jorgensen

The AMS aims to advance research and the study of mathematics across the country by supporting, encouraging, and advancing research and professors. AMS fellows have made outstanding contributions to the creation, exposition, advancement, communication, and utilization of mathematics. 

Jorgensen is one of 40 mathematical scientists who are part of the most recent class. 

“I am deeply honored to be recognized by my peers and very thankful to my colleagues who took the initiative to nominate me and to follow through with the process,” Jorgensen said.  

Jorgensen hopes the AMS fellowship will allow for fostering and studying new discoveries in his field. Jorgensen also wants to continue being a resource and advocate to  his students, mathematics,and other STEM fields. 

Jorgensen will continue his research and work with students and postdocs to serve the goals and vision of the AMS fellowship, he said. 

“I also hope to inspire collaborations, and interdisciplinary exchanges of ideas,” Jorgensen added. “I will continue my work on involving under-represented groups in mathematics and in the STEM fields more generally.” 

Jorgensen has been with the University of Iowa since 1983 and has felt supported by the department and the college during his career. He hopes the AMS fellowship will bring attention to his work and the work conducted by his colleagues. 

“The university and my department have been supportive in a variety of ways that help advance research, my teaching, my development of new courses, my outreach, and my mentorship of new research mathematicians. The AMS Fellowship will help attract light to these areas,” Jorgensen said.  

The University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences offers about 70 majors across the humanities; fine, performing and literary arts; natural and mathematical sciences; social and behavioral sciences; and communication disciplines. About 15,000 undergraduate and nearly 2,000 graduate students study each year in the college’s 37 departments, led by faculty at the forefront of teaching and research in their disciplines. The college teaches all Iowa undergraduates through the college's general education program, CLAS CORE. About 80 percent of all Iowa undergraduates begin their academic journey in CLAS. The college confers about 60 percent of the university's bachelor's degrees each academic year.