CIFAR announces 2017 CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholars

Announcement CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholars 12.10.2017

Fifteen early career researchers receive prestigious two-year appointment including $100,000 each in research support

CIFAR is pleased to welcome the 2017 cohort of 15 exceptional early career investigators to the CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholars program (see list of names in the appendix below). The program funds and supports researchers within five years of their first academic appointment, helping them build research networks and develop leadership skills. Members of the program’s second cohort come from the United States, Canada, India, Ghana, and Italy. Their research interests range from solar cell technology, understanding the norms that govern cooperation, and machine learning to black holes and identifying the biological imprint of stress across generations.

“One of CIFAR’s highest priorities is to nurture the careers of the next generation of emerging research leaders,” said CIFAR President and CEO Dr. Alan Bernstein. “The future of research depends on young people, and their energy and innovative thinking is key to developing new approaches for the challenges facing our world today. We are thrilled to provide opportunities for these emerging research leaders.”

The CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholars will join close to 400 of the world’s best researchers who are addressing some of the most interesting and important questions facing the world today. Each scholar will receive $100,000 in research support and become a part of one of CIFAR’s 12 research programs for two years. Scholars have the opportunity to be mentored by the world’s top researchers in their own area of research, and forge new collaborations with CIFAR fellows and other CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholars.

The program also supports the extension of their research beyond the usual academic boundaries by facilitating opportunities to exchange ideas with leading knowledge users across sectors, including policy-makers, business leaders and practitioners who may benefit from engaging with these outstanding young researchers.

The CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholars program is enabled by the generous support of the Azrieli Foundation, which funds scientific and medical research, higher education, youth empowerment and school perseverance, Holocaust education, music and the arts, architecture, and quality of life initiatives for people with developmental disabilities.

“We are delighted to partner in the CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholars program,” said Naomi Azrieli, Chair and CEO of the Azrieli Foundation. “The Azrieli Foundation is committed to increasing scientific knowledge and understanding, and we’re honoured to be able to help advance the work of these brilliant young scholars.”

Support for the program is also provided by the Love Family Leadership Development Fund.


CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholars Appointments

Nathaniel Gabor, University of California, Riverside, Bio-inspired Solar Energy

Katherine McAuliffe, Boston College, Brain, Mind & Consciousness

Brian Dias, Emory University, Child & Brain Development

Daryl Haggard, McGill University, Gravity & the Extreme Universe

Parameswaran Ajith, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Gravity & the Extreme Universe

Hannah Carter, University of California, San Diego, Genetic Networks

Douglas Fowler, University of Washington, Genetic Networks

Alexander Kwarteng, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Humans & the Microbiome

Sara Lowes, Bocconi University, Institutions, Organizations & Growth

Kyunghyun Cho, New York University, Learning in Machines & Brains

Khanh Huy Bui, McGill University, Molecular Architecture of Life

Thomas Vidick, California Institute of Technology, Quantum Information Science

Judy Cha, Yale University, Quantum Materials

Kristi Kenyon, University of Winnipeg, Successful Societies

Kristin Laurin, University of British Columbia, Successful Societies

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