Stephen Della Pietra
Stephen Della Pietra received his bachelor’s degree in physics from Princeton University in 1981, and his PhD in mathematical physics from Harvard University in 1986. From 1987 to 1988, he was a postdoctoral fellow at The University of Texas at Austin. From 1988 to 1989, he was a member at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton.
From 1989 to 1995, he was a research staff member at the IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center in Yorktown Heights and Hawthorne, New York. As a project leader of the natural language understanding group, his primary research focused on machine translation and natural language understanding. In 1995 he joined Renaissance Technologies, where he currently comanages the General Research Group and works on statistical methods to model the stock market.
Stephen is cofounder of the Della Pietra Lecture Series at Stony Brook University. This series brings worldrenowned scientists to the Simons Center for Geometry and Physics, and is intended to bring awareness of recent and impactful discoveries in physics and mathematics to high school, undergraduate and graduate students. Stephen is a board member of the Simons Center for Geometry and Physics, is on the advisory council of the astrophysics department at Princeton University, as treasurer of the National Museum of Mathematics in New York, and is a board member of the nonprofit organization PIVOT.
Della Pietra Graduate Fellows

Izar Alonso Lorenzo
University of Oxford
Della Pietra Graduate Fellow,
Fall 2022
Analytic and Geometric Aspects of Gauge Theory 
Sayan Das
Columbia University
Della Pietra Graduate Fellow,
Fall 2021
Universality and Integrability in Random Matrix Theory and Interacting Particle Systems 
Hindy Drillick
Columbia University
Della Pietra Graduate Fellow,
Fall 2021
Universality and Integrability in Random Matrix Theory and Interacting Particle Systems
Kristin E. Lauter
Dr. Kristin E. Lauter is an American mathematician and cryptographer whose research areas are number theory, algebraic geometry, and applications to cryptography. She is particularly known for her work on homomorphic encryption, elliptic curve cryptography, and for introducing supersingular isogeny graphs as a hard problem into cryptography. Lauter served as President of the Association for Women in Mathematics from 2015 –2017. She was Polya Lecturer for the Mathematical Association of America for 20182020. Lauter is the Head of West Coast Research Labs at Facebook AI Research in Menlo Park, CA.
Lauter and Thomas P. Passananti established the Kristin E. Lauter Fellowship through a generous endowment gift to MSRI to support and foster young mathematical talents.
Lauter received her BA, MS, and Ph.D degrees in mathematics from the University of Chicago, in 1990, 1991, and 1996, respectively. Prior to joining Microsoft, she held positions as a visiting scholar at Max Planck Institut fur Mathematik in Bonn, Germany (1997), T.H. Hildebrandt Research Assistant Professor at the University of Michigan (19961999), and a visiting researcher at Institut de Mathematiques Luminy in France (1999).
She is a cofounder of the Women in Numbers Network, a research collaboration community for women in number theory, and she was the lead PI for the AWM NSF Advance Grant (20152020) to create and sustain research networks for women in all areas of mathematics. She has served on the Advisory Board of the Banff International Research Station and has served on the Council of the American Mathematical Society (20142017). In 2017 she was selected as a fellow of the Association for Women in Mathematics in the inaugural class. Women in mathematics are of particular interest to Lauter, and this fellowship aims to support women graduate students in this important field.
Lauter Graduate Fellows

Danielle Wang
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Lauter Graduate Fellow,
Spring 2023
Algebraic Cycles, LValues, and Euler Systems 
Liangbing Luo
Wuhan University
Lauter Graduate Fellow,
Spring 2022
The Analysis and Geometry of Random Spaces 
Malavika Mukundan
University of Michigan
Lauter Graduate Fellow,
Spring 2022
Complex Dynamics: From Special Families to Natural Generalizations in One and Several Variables
SalgoNoren Foundation
In 1959 Miklos Salgo, a distinguished biomedical researcher, founded the SalgoNoren Foundation. This foundation awards, among other things, a prize for excellent teaching at American universities and offers various exchange scholarships.
SalgoNoren Foundation Graduate Fellows

Qiao He
University of Wisconsin  Madison
SalgoNoren Foundation Graduate Fellow,
Spring 2023
Algebraic Cycles, LValues, and Euler Systems 
Panagiotis Dimakis
Stanford University
SalgoNoren Foundation Graduate Fellow,
Fall 2022
Analytic and Geometric Aspects of Gauge Theory 
Shaozong Wang
Rutgers University
SalgoNoren Foundation Graduate Fellow,
Fall 2022
Analytic and Geometric Aspects of Gauge Theory 
Marco Carfagnini
Seconda Università di Roma "Tor Vergata"
SalgoNoren Foundation Graduate Fellow,
Spring 2022
The Analysis and Geometry of Random Spaces 
Nikolai Prochorov
AixMarseille University
SalgoNoren Foundation Graduate Fellow,
Spring 2022
Complex Dynamics: From Special Families to Natural Generalizations in One and Several Variables
Marie A. Vitulli
Dr. Marie A. Vitulli is an American mathematician whose research areas are commutative algebra and applications to algebraic geometry. Vitulli heads the Women in Math Project at the University of Oregon. She has established the Marie A. Vitulli Fellowship through a generous endowment gift to MSRI to support and foster young mathematical talents.
Vitulli was an undergraduate at the University of Rochester and earned her Ph.D. in 1976 at the University of Pennsylvania. Her research topics have included deformations of monomial curves, seminormal rings, the weak normality of commutative rings and algebraic varieties, weak subintegrality, and the theory of valuations for commutative rings.
With Mary Flahive, Vitulli has also studied patterns in hiring among women mathematicians. She is part of the 2019 class of fellows of the Association for Women in Mathematics, and was elected as a Fellow of the American Mathematical Society in the 2020 Class. Women in mathematics are of particular interest to Vitulli, and this fellowship aims to support women graduate students in this important field.
Marie A. Vitulli Graduate Fellows

Naomi Sweeting
Harvard University
Marie A. Vitulli Graduate Fellow,
Spring 2023
Diophantine Geometry 
Caroline Davis
Indiana University
Marie A. Vitulli Graduate Fellow,
Spring 2022
Complex Dynamics: From Special Families to Natural Generalizations in One and Several Variables 
Weitao Zhu
Columbia University
Marie A. Vitulli Graduate Fellow,
Fall 2021
Universality and Integrability in Random Matrix Theory and Interacting Particle Systems