Math professor Steven Sam wins prestigious Sloan Fellowship

Back to News

UW-Madison's 2017 Sloan Fellows are Steven Sam and Darcie Moore.

Sam, an assistant professor of mathematics, does pure math research to develop tools for analyzing stabilization phenomena in abstract algebra.

Moore, an assistant professor of neuroscience, studies aging neural stem cells, revealing how they lose their ability to produce healthy daughter cells as they age. 

Each fellow receives $60,000 in research funding from the foundation, which has awarded Sloan Research Fellowships in eight scientific and technical fields -chemistry, computer science, economics, mathematics, computational and evolutionary molecular biology, neuroscience, ocean sciences and physics - since 1955.

"Early-career recognition can make a significant difference in the life of a scientist," says Daniel L. Goroff, vice president of the Sloan Foundation and director of the Sloan Research Fellowship program. "The rigorous selection process and the prominence of past awardees make the Sloan Research Fellowships one of the most prestigious awards available to young researchers."

This year, 126 U.S. and Canadian researchers were honored by the New York-based, nonprofit philanthropic organization. The list of past winners includes 43 who would eventually win a Nobel Prize. Since 1934, the Sloan Foundation has made grants in support of research and education in science, technology, engineering, mathematics and economic performance.

Story courtesy of University Communications.