Sloan Foundation Announces 2018 Research Fellowships

Sloan Foundation Announces 2018 Research Fellowships

The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation has announced the recipients of the 2018 Sloan Research Fellowships.

Awarded annually since 1955, the fellowships — which include a $65,000 cash grant over two years — 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, computational and evolutionary molecular biology, neuroscience, ocean sciences, and physics.

Representing fifty-three colleges and universities, this year’s fellows include a molecular biologist who studies how birds perceive color; a chemist who has developed molecular "printing" techniques that can make flexible solar cells that are twice as efficient as current models; a computer scientist who is constructing robots for the home that users can program themselves; an environmental economist who is exposing the hidden costs of pollution; a mathematician who is trying to explain how neural networks perform complicated tasks such as recognizing faces; a neuroscientist whose work is revealing that best friends don’t just think alike, they have similar brains; an ocean scientist who has shown how warming currents are leading many marine species to breed early and out of sync with the plankton blooms on which they feed; and a physicist who argues that the structure of the outer solar system makes sense only if there is an undiscovered ninth planet.

"The Sloan Research Fellows represent the very best science has to offer," said Sloan Foundation president Adam Falk. "The brightest minds, tackling the hardest problems, and succeeding brilliantly — fellows are quite literally the future of twenty-first century science."

"Announcing the 2018 Sloan Research Fellows." Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Press Release 02/15/2018.