Awarded annually since 1955, the fellowships — which include a $75,000 cash grant over two years — support 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 — chemistry, computer science, economics, mathematics, computational and evolutionary molecular biology, neuroscience, ocean sciences, and physics.
Representing more than sixty institutions across the United States and Canada, this year's recipients include Ricardo Perez-Truglia, an assistant professor of economics at the University of California, Los Angeles Anderson School of Management, who studies how social image and social comparisons shape economic behavior; David C. Powers, an assistant professor of chemistry at Texas A&M University, who leads a research program that combines the tools of synthetic chemistry to address major unsolved challenges related to sustainable chemical systems, energy conversion, and human health; and Eve Schneider, an assistant professor of biology at the University of Kentucky, whose lab studies tactile foraging birds such as mallard ducks, with the aim of advancing understanding of general principles of the sense of touch.
"There is a wide variety of winning institutions, but each one has successfully attracted, retained, and nurtured truly promising junior faculty," said Daniel L. Goroff, director of the Sloan Research Fellowship program. "The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation is proud to join with these institutions in recognizing and supporting scientific leaders of the future."
For a complete list of 2020 Sloan Research Fellows, see the Sloan Foundation website.
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