AIM is pleased to announce that the winner of the 2006 Five-Year Fellowship is Elizabeth Meckes of Stanford University. Elizabeth works in the areas of analysis, convex geometry, and probability theory. She is completing her thesis under the direction of Persi Diaconis.
Elizabeth developed a new infinitesimal version of Stein's method of exchangeable pairs which she has used in studying random matrices and eigenfunctions of the Laplacian on certain Riemannian manifolds.
In addition to her thesis work, Elizabeth has co-authored papers on convex geometry and on Poisson approximation.
Elizabeth received her B.S. from Case Western Reserve in 2001 and was awarded a Goldwater Fellowship.
The other finalists for the AIM Fellowship were: Alireza Golsefidy from Yale University, Richard Kent from the University of Texas, Abhinav Kumar from Harvard University, and