Tuesday, February 18, 2014

A faculty member and three alumni of the University of Maryland's College of Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences (CMNS) were awarded Sloan Research Fellowships for 2014. This award, granted by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, identifies 126 early-career scientists based on their potential to contribute fundamentally significant research to a wider academic community.

The award recipients included:

(l-r) Shi, Karnauskas, Langmead and Speck

Karnauskas is an associate scientist in geology and geophysics at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Langmead is an assistant professor in the Department of Computer Science at Johns Hopkins University, and Speck is an assistant professor of mathematics at MIT.

"I am really excited to receive the Sloan Research Fellowship," said Shi. "It feels great that people acknowledge my research, and the fellowship will also be crucial for bootstrapping my research at UMD. I am very thankful for the generous support of the Sloan Foundation."

Shi becomes the 55th UMD CMNS faculty member to receive the honor since the first fellowships were awarded in 1955. Shi, who joined the Department of Computer Science in 2012, is also affiliated with the Maryland Cybersecurity Center. Her research focuses on oblivious computation and integrates cryptography, compilers, and hardware for secure cloud-based computation.

"The Sloan Fellowship is one of the most prestigious fellowships for young researchers, and I am exceedingly delighted that Elaine is a recipient," said Samir Khuller, chair of the UMD Department of Computer Science.

Each 2014 Sloan Research Fellow is awarded a two-year $50,000 grant to support their research interests. Administered and funded by the Sloan Foundation, the fellowships are awarded in eight scientific fields—chemistry, computer science, economics, mathematics, evolutionary and computational molecular biology, neuroscience, ocean sciences, and physics. Winners are selected through close cooperation with the scientific community. To qualify, candidates must first be nominated by their fellow research scientists and are subsequently selected by an independent panel of senior scholars.

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E. Redmiles and B. K. Adams contributed to this article.

Listen to an audio interview with Dr. Shi on her Sloan Fellowship Award