The University of Wisconsin-Madison is adding another faculty member to its list of MacArthur fellows.

The MacArthur Foundation selected UW-Madison professor, historian and author Monica Kim for one of this year’s 25 fellowship spots, the organization announced Wednesday. The so-called “genius grant” is perhaps the most competitive and sought-after award in the arts, sciences, humanities and academia.

The fellows — creative individuals “on the precipice of great discovery or a game-changing idea” — are awarded an $800,000 no-strings-attached grant as an investment in their potential, according to the MacArthur Foundation website. Kim is only the fifth UW-Madison professor to receive the award in the past 37 years.

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