STEM Shoutout: Dr. Anna Skripka

UNM math professor awarded prize to conduct research at Cornell University

Dr. Anna Skripka, University of New Mexico associate professor in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics, was awarded the Ruth I. Michler Memorial Prize by the Association for Women in Mathematics.


The prize aims to enable women recently promoted to associate professor to focus on their research in a stimulating environment. Through this prize, Skripka will pursue a residential fellowship at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York without teaching obligations. There she will do research on noncommunicative aspects of probability and statistics.


“I look forward to this unique opportunity for participating in the dynamic research life at Cornell’s mathematics department and interacting with Cornell experts in probability and analysis. I am eager to explore new techniques and directions in probability and analysis at the departmental seminars,” Skripka said.


When at Cornell, she plans to work with mathematics professor Dr. Micheal Nussbaum. The goal is to connect his research on statistical problems of estimation with her recent work.


“The existing partial results suggest that these problems should be approached by both analytic and statistical methods in their subtle combination, which we hope to find by joining our expertise,” Skripka said. “I also hope to advance on noncommutative approximation theory with help of consultations on combinatorial and multilinear harmonic analysis methods.”


Skripka has been working at UNM since 2012. Her primary research interests include non-communicative analysis and operator theory on problems that emerged from quantum theory.


Prior to coming to UNM, Skripka was an assistant professor at the University of Central Florida and a visiting assistant professor at Texas A&M University. She received her undergraduate degree from Kharkiv National University in Ukraine and her doctorate degree from the University of Missouri.


She was awarded $47,000 to complete the research fellowship as well as a $3,000 stipend for housing and living expenses.