Awarded annually since 1955, the fellowships — which include a $60,000 cash grant — are awarded to early-career scientists and scholars from the United States and Canada whose achievements identify them as 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.
Drawn from sixty colleges and universities, this year's fellows include a chemist who is developing a heat-reflective window paint to help reduce air conditioning demand in hot climates; an evolutionary biologist who models how human gene distributions change with migration; an astronomer who is using state-of-the-art spectroscopy to study the galaxy's most massive stars; a computer scientist whose work upended a twenty-five-year consensus on algorithmic efficiency; an ocean scientist who studies how marine organisms adapt to climate change and the costs of those adaptations; and an economist who examines the ways that racial bias among managers can stifle employee productivity.
"The Sloan Research Fellows are the rising stars of the academic community," said Sloan Foundation president Paul L. Joskow. "Through their achievements and ambition, these young scholars are transforming their fields and opening up entirely new research horizons. We are proud to support them at this crucial stage of their careers."
For a complete list of the 2017 Sloan Research Fellows, see the Sloan Foundation website.