Awarded annually since 1955, the fellowships, which include a $55,000 grant to be used to further a fellow's research, are awarded to early-career scientists and scholars from the United States and Canada whose achievements identify them as rising stars and leaders in one of eight scientific and technical fields, including chemistry, computer science, economics, mathematics, evolutionary and computational molecular biology, neuroscience, ocean sciences, and physics.
Representing fifty-two colleges and universities, this year's fellows include an economist who studies what makes rich countries rich and keeps poor countries poor; a molecular biologist who has uncovered how changes in social status can affect primates at the genetic level; a computer scientist who helped create Hadoop, the data processing system behind Yahoo, Twitter, and Facebook; an ocean scientist who is pioneering the deployment of mobile "marine protected areas" that move with the endangered marine species they are designed to protect; and a neuroscientist who is unveiling the complicated ways in which the bacteria in our bodies affect how our brains work.
"Getting early-career support can be a make-or-break moment for a young scholar," said Sloan Foundation president Paul L. Joskow. "In an increasingly competitive academic environment, it can be difficult to stand out, even when your work is first rate. The Sloan Research Fellowships have become an unmistakable marker of quality among researchers. Fellows represent the best-of-the-best among young scientists."
For a complete list of the 2016 Sloan Research Fellows, visit the Sloan Foundation website.