Published: Feb. 21, 2017 By

Two CU Boulder professors have been awarded 2017 Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowships in recognition of their distinguished research performance and unique potential to make substantial contributions to their field.

Assistant Professor Rahul Nandkishore

Assistant Professor Rahul Nandkishore.

Assistant Professor Rahul Nandkishore of CU Boulder’s Department of Physics and Assistant Professor Garret Miyake of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry are among 126 researchers honored from 60 research institutions nationwide. The award winners were announced Tuesday.

Nandkishore is a theoretical condensed matter physicist who studies many-bodied systems in which numerous particles interact with one another amidst competing physical forces such as motion. Such systems are believed to play a key role in understanding the complexities of quantum physics.

“I am extremely happy that I have the opportunity to do research on a topic that is relevant for so many different areas of physics and which offers the opportunity to make foundational contributions to our understanding of quantum phenomena," said Nandkishore.

Sloan Research Fellowships honor early-career scholars in eight scientific and technical fields: chemistry, computer science, economics, math, computational and evolutionary molecular biology, neuroscience, ocean sciences and physics. Each award recipient receives a $60,000 fellowship to use toward future research.

“This award will be tremendous for supporting my group’s research efforts,” said Miyake, whose work focuses on sustainability and enhancing energy efficiency. “We are working toward a heat-reflective window paint to retrofit inefficient windows and reduce cooling demands in warm climates.”

Assistant Professor Garret Miyake

Assistant Professor Garret Miyake.

The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation is a philanthropic, not-for-profit grant making institution based in New York City. Established in 1934 by Alfred Pritchard Sloan Jr., then-president and chief executive officer of the General Motors Corporation, the foundation makes grants in support of original research and education in science, technology, engineering, mathematics and economics. 

“Early-career recognition can make a significant difference in the life of a scientist,” said Daniel L. Goroff, vice president at 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.”