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Jennifer Balakrishnan

Science Talent Search – 2002
International Science and Engineering Fair – 2001

About Jennifer Balakrishnan

Jennifer Balakrishnan is a mathematician who specializes in algorithmic number theory and arithmetic geometry. Her early interest in mathematics led her to compete in the 2001 ISEF and 2002 STS, and she became the first-ever STS finalist from Guam. Balakrishnan went on to earn a doctoral degree in mathematics from MIT. She is known for her leading role in solving a Diophantine equation, coined the “cursed curve.” Balakrishnan’s pioneering contributions to computational number theory and arithmetic geometry have earned her honors including the NSF CAREER Award and a Sloan Research Fellowship.

Looking Back

An excerpt from Balakrishnan’s entry form for STS in 2002 about her hopes for her career and her contributions to science.

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Balakrishnan shares her passion for mathematics with students as a university professor.

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