Vera Mikyoung Hur

 Vera Mikyoung Hur

Contact Information

Department of Mathematics
269 Altgeld Hall
1409 W Green Street (MC-382)
Urbana, IL 61801
Associate Chair for Faculty, Professor and Philippe Tondeur Scholar
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Vera Mikyoung Hur is a Professor of Mathematics and Associate Chair for Faculty. She is the Philippe Tondeur Scholar in Mathematics and a Brad and Karen Smith Professorial Scholar of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. She is a faculty affiliate of the Computational Science and Engineering program. She was a Visiting Professor at Brown University in 2016-2017. 

Research Interests

  • Differential Equations and Applied Mathematics

Research Description

Professor Hur puts together rigorous analysis, numerical computation, and modeling to address fundamental issues in the mathematical aspects of water waves: particularly, global regularity versus finite time singularities, and; the existence of traveling waves and their characterization; the stability and instability of traveling waves. Her projects emphasize large scale dynamics and genuinely nonlinear behaviors, such as breaking and peaking. 


  • PhD, Brown University, 2006

Distinctions / Awards

  • Distinguished Promotion Award, University of Illinois, 2019
  • Associate, University of Illinois, Center for Advanced Study, 2019
  • Brad and Karen Smith Professorial Scholar, University of Illinois, LAS, 2018
  • Philippe Tondeur Scholar in Mathematics, 2016
  • Simons Fellow in Mathematics, 2016
  • Invited Plenary Hour Address, AMS Sectional Meeting, 2015
  • Beckman Fellow, University of Illinois, Center for Advanced Study, 2014
  • Arnold O. Beckman Research Award, University of Illinois, 2014, 2016
  • NSF CAREER Award, 2014
  • Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship, 2012