- Winners receive $75,000, which may be spent over a two-year term on any expense supportive of their research.
Five Indian American professors are among 118 winners of the 2022 Sloan Research Fellowships, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation announced on Feb. 15. “These 118 early-career scholars represent the most promising scientific researchers working today,” the foundation said. Winners receive $75,000, which may be spent over a two-year term on any expense supportive of their research.
Awarded annually since 1955, Sloan fellowships “honor extraordinary U.S. and Canadian researchers whose creativity, innovation, and research accomplishments make them stand out as the next generation of leaders.”
Sloan Fellows are chosen in seven scientific and technical fields—chemistry, computer science, earth system science, economics, mathematics, neuroscience, and physics.
Indian American fellows include Deep M. Jariwala, Assistant Professor, Electrical and Systems Engineering at the University of Pennsylvania; and Pratyush Tiwary, Assistant Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of Maryland, College Park (Chemistry); Pravesh K. Kothari, Assistant Professor of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University;(Computer Science); and Aparna Bhaduri, Assistant Professor of Biological Chemistry at the David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles; and Prerana Shrestha, Assistant Professor in the Department of Neurobiology and Behavior at Stony Brook University (Neuroscience).
“Today’s Sloan Research Fellows represent the scientific leaders of tomorrow,” says Adam F. Falk, president of the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. “As formidable young scholars, they are already shaping the research agenda within their respective fields—and their trailblazing won’t end here.”
Candidates must be nominated by their fellow scientists, and the winners are selected by independent panels of senior scholars based on research accomplishments, creativity, and potential to become leaders in their fields. Fellows from the 2022 cohort are drawn from a diverse range of 51 institutions across the U.S. and Canada, from large public university systems to Ivy League institutions, to small liberal arts colleges.