Nine MIT researchers win Sloan Research Fellowships

MIT researchers specializing in neuroscience, chemistry, mathematics, and ocean sciences are among 126 selected.


Three neuroscientists, three chemists, two mathematicians, and an ocean scientist from MIT are among the 126 American and Canadian researchers awarded 2014 Sloan Research Fellowships, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation announced today.

New MIT-affiliated Sloan Research Fellows are: Gloria B. Choi, an assistant professor of brain and cognitive sciences; Mircea Dinca, an assistant professor of chemistry; Mehrdad Jazayeri, an assistant professor of brain and cognitive sciences; Jeremiah A. Johnson, an assistant professor of chemistry; Kristopher Karnauskas, an associate researcher at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution; Bradley Olsen, an assistant professor of chemical engineering; Charles Smart, an assistant professor of mathematics; Jared Speck, an assistant professor of mathematics; and Kay Tye, an assistant professor of brain and cognitive sciences. 

Awarded annually since 1955, Sloan Research Fellowships are given to early-career scientists and scholars whose achievements and potential identify them as rising stars among the next generation of scientific leaders. This year’s recipients are drawn from 61 colleges and universities across the United States and Canada.

“For more than half a century, the Sloan Foundation has been proud to honor the best young scientific minds and support them during a crucial phase of their careers when early funding and recognition can really make a difference,” Paul L. Joskow, president of the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, said in a statement. “These researchers are pushing the boundaries of scientific knowledge in unprecedented ways.”

Administered and funded by the foundation, the fellowships are awarded in eight scientific fields: chemistry, computer science, economics, mathematics, evolutionary and computational molecular biology, neuroscience, ocean sciences, and physics. To qualify, candidates must first be nominated by fellow scientists and subsequently selected by an independent panel of senior scholars. Fellows receive $50,000 to be used to further their research.

For a complete list of winners, visit: http://www.sloan.org/fellowships/2014-sloan-research-fellows/

For more information on the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, visit: www.sloan.org


Topics: Awards, honors and fellowships, Sloan fellows, Faculty

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