Awarded annually since 1955, the fellowships are given to early-career scientists and scholars “whose achievements and potential identify them as rising stars, the next generation of scientific leaders.” Past Sloan Research Fellows have gone on to notable careers, winning Nobel Prizes, Fields Medal in mathematics, National Medals of Science, among others.
Covering eight scientific and technical fields—chemistry, computer science, economics, mathematics, computational and evolutionary molecular biology, neuroscience, ocean sciences, and physics—the Sloan Research Fellowships are awarded by an independent panel of senior scholars on the basis of a candidate’s independent research accomplishments, creativity, and potential to become a leader in his or her field. Sloan Fellows receive $50,000 to further their research.
Sharon Goldberg pursues research at the nexus of security, cryptography, and networking. She received her Ph.D. from Princeton University in 2009, her B.A.Sc. from the University of Toronto in 2003, has worked as a researcher at IBM, Cisco, and Microsoft, as an engineer at Bell Canada and Hydro One Networks, and has served on working groups of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF), and most recently was awarded the IETF/IRTF Applied Networking Research Prize for 2014. Sharon joined the BU Computer Science Department in 2010 and was named a Hariri Junior Fellow in 2012.