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Grantcharov named Fulbright Scholar, will collaborate on mathematics research in Brazil

Dimitar Grantcharov
Dimitar Grantcharov

A mathematics professor at The University of Texas at Arlington has been named a Fulbright U.S. Scholar and will receive a grant to conduct collaborative research in Brazil.

Dimitar Grantcharov, professor of mathematics, is among the Fulbright Scholars for 2019-20 and will spend four months in spring and summer 2020 in Sao Paulo, Brazil to work on the project with his collaborators from the University of Sao Paulo.

Sponsored by the U.S. State Department, the Fulbright is the flagship international exchange program administered by the U.S. government to increase mutual understanding between the United States and residents of other countries. Fulbright awards enable professors to conduct research and are given on the basis of academic or professional achievement.

“I am really honored because there are very few Fulbright Scholars whose area of research is in pure mathematics,” Grantcharov said. “The project I will be working on is about infinite-dimensional representations that have been the focus of many mathematical and physical theories in the last 50 years.”

The project which will be the focus of his Fulbright Scholar award includes new directions of research and uses various tools from algebra, geometry, and combinatorics, Grantcharov said. It will involve graduate and undergraduate students from UTA and the University of Sao Paulo. 

“This is a great honor for Dr. Grantcharov and speaks to the high quality of research being done in the department,” said Jianzhong Su, professor, and chair of the UTA Department of Mathematics. “The Fulbright program has been very successful in initiating collaboration between scientists from the United States and other countries, and we are thrilled that Dr. Grantcharov will have the opportunity to make important contributions to mathematics through this program.” 

Grantcharov received an M.S. in Mathematical Sciences from Sofia University in Bulgaria in 1994 and earned his Ph.D. in Mathematics from the University of California at Riverside in 2003. He joined the UTA Department of Mathematics in 2008. He is the director of the UTA Mid-Cities Math Circle, a seminar series that provides a stimulating environment for local area middle- and high-school students to learn mathematics.

The Fulbright Program is designed to expand and strengthen relationships between the people of the United States and citizens of other nations and to promote international understanding and cooperation.

The Fulbright Program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. The program awards approximately 8,000 grants annually. Roughly 1,600 U.S. students, 4,000 foreign students, 1,200 U.S. scholars, and 900 visiting scholars receive awards, in addition to several hundred teachers and professionals. Currently, the Fulbright Program operates in over 160 countries worldwide.