I am very pleased to congratulate the six outstanding early career University of Michigan faculty members who earned Sloan Research Fellowships this year.
The Sloan Fellowship program is targeted to early career tenure track faculty in the natural and physical sciences, computer science, economics, and mathematics. Its fellows are considered “rising stars, the next generation of scientific leaders.”
This news is a positive reflection of the quality of our junior faculty. U-M trailed just one other institution, UC Berkeley, in the number of fellowships. Overall, only 126 Sloan Research Fellowships were awarded for 2015.
The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation reports that its fellows have gone on to win 43 Nobel Prizes, 16 Fields Medals, 65 National Medals of Science and 14 John Bates Clark Medals since 1955.
I have been very impressed by the many U-M faculty I have met over the last several months. This year, senior members of our faculty have achieved national recognition with election to membership in the Institute of Medicine, American Academy of Arts and Science, and the National Academy of Engineering. Today’s news affirms that the strength of the Michigan faculty extends throughout all its ranks and that we are in great shape for the future. Our total of six Sloan Fellows ties our largest number in a given year ever, and U-M now stands at 99 fellows overall.
Also, I congratulate the schools, colleges and departments represented among the fellows. More information and a list of the recipients are available at The University Record.