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Sloan Research Fellowships awarded to 126 young scholars
Date:2/18/2014

(New York, NY) The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation is pleased to announce the selection of 126 outstanding U.S. and Canadian researchers as recipients of the 2014 Sloan Research Fellowships. Awarded annually since 1955, the fellowships are given to early-career scientists and scholars whose achievements and potential identify them as rising stars, the next generation of scientific leaders.

"For more than half a century, the Sloan Foundation has been proud to honor the best young scientific minds and support them during a crucial phase of their careers when early funding and recognition can really make a difference," said Dr. Paul L. Joskow, President of the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. "These researchers are pushing the boundaries of scientific knowledge in unprecedented ways."

Past Sloan Research Fellows have gone on to notable careers and include such intellectual luminaries as physicist Richard Feynman and game theorist John Nash. Since the beginning of the program in 1955, 42 fellows have received a Nobel Prize in their respective field, 16 have won the Fields Medal in mathematics, 13 have won the John Bates Clark Medal in economics, and 63 have received the National Medal of Science.

Hailing from 61 colleges and universities in the United States and Canada, the 2014 Sloan Research Fellows represent a diverse variety of research interests. Fellows this year include:

  • A chemist who is devising ways to turn carbon dioxide into fuel;

  • A neuroscientist who has discovered a "Dracula" mutation in fruit flies that inverts their sleep behavior, making them sleep during the day and rise at night;

  • An ocean scientist who studies tiny marine microbes and the even tinier viruses they carry and how those viruses affect chemical processes in the oceans;

  • An astrophysicist who searches for hidden deep space quasars, to learn more about the supermassive black holes that lie at the heart of every galaxy
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Contact: Nate Williams
williams@sloan.org
212-649-1692
Alfred P. Sloan Foundation
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