2023 Sloan Research Fellow

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Prof. Justin Caram

Professor Justin Caram is among 126 early-career researchers receiving the 2023 Sloan Research Fellowships from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.

The Sloan Research Fellowships are extraordinarily competitive awards involving nominations for most of the very best young scientists from the United States and Canada. 

According to the foundation, the awards “honor extraordinary U.S. and Canadian researchers whose creativity, innovation and research accomplishments make them stand out as the next generation of leaders.” Awardees receive a two-year $75,000 fellowship to advance their research.

A physical chemist, Caram joined the UCLA faculty in 2017. His expertise includes biophysics, materials, nanoscience and bioenergy and the environment. His research leverages the detection, sorting and timing of individual photons to unravel complex chemical processes and energy flow in nanomaterial and biological systems.

Last year, Caram received a 2022 Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar award, which supports the research and teaching careers of talented young faculty in the chemical sciences. In 2021, he was named a Cottrell Scholar for the quality and innovation of his research program and his academic leadership skills and in 2020, he received an NSF career award to explore novel nanocrystal materials for infrared imaging and applications.

Open to scholars in chemistry, computer science, Earth system science, economics, mathematics, neuroscience, and physics, the Sloan Research Fellowships are awarded in coordination with the scientific community. Candidates must be nominated by fellow scientists, and winners are selected by independent panels of senior scholars based on a candidate’s research accomplishments, creativity, and potential to become leaders in their fields.

A full list of the 2023 Fellows is available on the Sloan Foundation website.