Wei Zhang, an assistant professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of Colorado Boulder, and Abigail Person, assistant professor of neuroscience in the Department of Physiology and Biophysics at the CU Denver School of Medicine, have been awarded prestigious Sloan Research Fellowships.
Awarded annually since 1955, the fellowships are given to early career scientists and scholars whose achievements and potential identify them as rising stars, the next generation of scientific leaders. The 2013 fellowships were awarded to 126 U.S. and Canadian researchers.
“The Sloan Research Fellows are the best of the best among young scientists,” said Paul L. Joskow, president of the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. “If you want to know where the next big scientific breakthrough will come from, look to these extraordinary men and women. The foundation is proud to support them during this pivotal stage of their careers.”
Winners were selected through close cooperation with the scientific community. To qualify, candidates must first be nominated by fellow scientists and are subsequently selected by an independent panel of senior scholars. Fellows receive $50,000 to be used to further their research.