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Announcing the 2018 Class of CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholars

12 early career researchers receive prestigious two-year term with $100,000 in research support

CIFAR is pleased to announce the 2018 cohort of 12 exceptional early career investigators from Canada and four other countries to join the CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholars Program. The program funds and supports researchers within five years of their first academic position, helping them build research networks and develop essential skills needed to become leaders in global research.

“Young people are the future of research,” said CIFAR President and CEO Alan Bernstein. “CIFAR is exceptionally pleased to provide financial and other support to this phenomenal group of young researchers to advance their leadership and financial skills. Their enthusiasm and energy leads to new ways of thinking that will advance science and create solutions for the challenges facing our world today.”

Members of the program’s 2018 cohort come from Israel, Singapore, the Netherlands, the United States and Canada. Their diverse areas of research interest range from renewable energy to astrophysics, how the microbes that live on and in us influence our health and evolution, and understanding consciousness.

“This is an impressive group,” said Pamela Kanellis, CIFAR’s Senior Director, Research & Global Academy. “We’re excited to be able to provide them with an opportunity to nurture their leadership as early career researchers through this program, and also excited about the contributions they will make to our research programs.”

The CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholars will join close to 400 of the world’s best researchers at CIFAR 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 becomes part of one of CIFAR’s 12 research programs for two years. Global Scholars have the opportunity to present their research and receive feedback from distinguished fellows in their program, contribute to ongoing discussions within the program and forge new research collaborations.

CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholars also have an opportunity to amplify the outcomes of their research beyond the academia by engaging in opportunities to exchange ideas with policy-makers, business leaders and practitioners.

The CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholars program is made possible through generous funding from the Azrieli Foundation with additional support provided by the Love Family Leadership Development Fund as well as other individuals, corporations and foundations.

The new cohort’s term began on July 1, 2018. The next open call for scholars will begin on December 2018.

CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholars Class of 2018

  • Sarah Burke-Spolaor, West Virginia University, Gravity & the Extreme Universe
  • Maria Drout, University of Toronto, Gravity & the Extreme Universe
  • Naama Geva-Zatorsky, Technion, Humans & the Microbiome
  • Adrian Liu, McGill University, Gravity & the Extreme Universe
  • Jessica Metcalf, Colorado State University, Humans & the Microbiome
  • Prineha Narang, Harvard University, Bio-inspired Solar Energy
  • Yogesh Surendranath, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Bio-inspired Solar Energy
  • Lucina Uddin, University of Miami, Azrieli Program in Brain, Mind & Consciousness
  • Yue Wan, Genome Institute of Singapore, Molecular Architecture of Life
  • Jenny Yang, University of California, Irvine, Bio-inspired Solar Energy
  • Hyun Youk, Delft University of Technology, Molecular Architecture of Life
  • Yaniv Ziv,Weizmann Institute of Science, Azrieli Program in Brain, Mind & Consciousness

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