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Five junior professors named Sloan Research Fellows

Five junior MIT professors have won 2010 Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Research Fellowships, which are intended to enhance the careers of the very best young faculty members in specified fields of science.

MIT faculty among this year's Sloan Research Fellows are Arnaud Costinot of the Department of Economics, Constantinos Daskalakis of the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Jeffrey Grossman of the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Jonathan Kelner of the Department of Mathematics, and Nickolai Zeldovich of the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science.

The fellowships were established in 1955 to provide support and recognition to early-career scientists and scholars, often in their first appointments to university faculties, who were endeavoring to set up laboratories and establish their independent research projects with little or no outside support. Financial assistance at this crucial point, even in modest amounts, often pays handsome dividends later to society.

“The Sloan Research Fellowships support the work of exceptional young researchers early in their academic careers, and often at pivotal stages in their work,” said Paul L. Joskow, president of the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation and the Elizabeth and James Killian (1926) Professor of Economics and Management at MIT.  “I am proud of the Foundation’s rich history in providing the resources and flexibility necessary for young researchers to enhance their scholarship, and I look forward to the future achievements of the 2010 Sloan Research Fellows.”

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