Fifteen University of California faculty members are Sloan Research Fellowships winners for 2012, the most for any university.
The awards have been given annually since 1955 to early career researchers whose achievements identify them as potential stars for the next generation of scientists. Fellows receive $50,000 to be used to further their research.
"Today's Sloan Research Fellows are tomorrow's Nobel Prize winners," said Paul L. Joskow, president of the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. "These outstanding men and women are responsible for some of the most exciting science being done today. The foundation is proud to support them during this pivotal stage in their careers."
Historically, the fellowships were awarded in the fields of chemistry, computer science, economics, mathematics, evolutionary and computational molecular biology, neuroscience, and physics. This year the fellowships were expanded to include awards to eight young researchers working in the ocean sciences.
The new UC Sloan fellows and their field of expertise:
- Sylvia Ratnasamy, computer science
- Allan Sly, math
- Louise A. Berben, chemistry
- James Bremer, math
- Jason Alicea, physics
- Leah Platt Boustan, economics
- Neil K. Garg, chemistry
- Jin Hyung Lee, neuroscience
- John Novembre, molecular biology
- Sebastien Roch, math
- Marcus Roper, math
- Nathan C. Gianneschi, chemistry
- Alireza Salehi Golsefidy, math
- Roger Levy, neuroscience
- M. Scott Shell, chemistry
The fellowships are administered and funded by the Sloan Foundation in cooperation with the scientific community. To qualify, candidates must be nominated by their peers and then selected by an independent panel of senior scholars. Nominees are drawn from 51 colleges and universities across the United States and Canada.
For a complete list of winners, visit www.sloan.org/fellowships/page/21.