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(From left to right) Chemistry professor Jessica Anna and Mathematics professor Davi Maximo.

Two Penn faculty were awarded the 2019 Sloan Fellowship, a prestigious award for early-career scholars in scientific fields. 

Chemistry professor Jessica Anna and Mathematics professor Davi Maximo are among 126 Sloan Fellows in the United States and Canada. Each of them will receive $70,000 for a two-year research period. 

The fellowship is available to researchers in the disciplines of chemistry, computer science, economics, mathematics, computational and evolutionary molecular biology, neuroscience, ocean sciences, and physics. The candidates are nominated by fellow scientists, and the winning fellows are selected through multiple panels that rank research quality, creativity, and leadership. 

Anna’s research focuses on natural and artificial light, investigating energy and electron transfer processes in light harvesting. Maximo’s work involves minimal surfaces, an important concept in bioengineering and materials science.

The Sloan Fellowship, which is sponsored by the Alfred. P Sloan Foundation, has been awarded to 117 members of Penn faculty since it was first established in 1955, Penn Today reported. Recepients over the past decade include chemistry professor Zahra Fakhraai in 2015, mathematics professor Robert Strain in 2011, and physics professor Justin Khoury in 2010.

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