Founded in 1955, the fellowship program awards two-year, $50,000 grants to scientists, mathematicians, and economists at an early stage of their careers to pursue any line of research they choose. Drawn from fifty-four colleges and universities in the United States and Canada, this year's 118 fellows are conducting research in physics, chemistry, computer science, economics, mathematics, molecular biology, and neuroscience.
In recognition of the work being done by researchers through the foundation's Census of Marine Life, the award program will be expanded next year to include fellowships in ocean sciences. Potential fellows must be nominated by their peers and are selected by an independent panel of senior scholars.
"The scientists and researchers selected for this year's Sloan Research Fellowships represent the very brightest rising stars of this generation of scholars," said Sloan Foundation president Paul L. Joskow. "The foundation is proud to be able to support their work at this important stage in their careers."
For a complete list of this year's Sloan Research Fellows, visit the Sloan Foundation Web site.