Awards

Associate Professor Midrigan Awarded Sloan Research Fellowship

Virgiliu Midrigan

Virgiliu Midrigan

Associate Professor Virgiliu Midrigan was awarded a fellowship from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation in February 2012. 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," the Sloan Foundation said in announcing this year's fellows. "Today's Sloan Research Fellows are tomorrow's Nobel Prize winners," said Paul Joskow, president of the Sloan Foundation. "These outstanding men and women are responsible for some of the most exciting science being done today. The Foundation is proud to support them during this pivotal stage of their careers." Fellows receive $50,000, over a two-year period, to further their research. Midrigan studies the implications of price rigidities for the conduct of monetary policy and business cycle fluctuations, the sources of movements in international relative prices, the determinants of the large cross-country differences in output and productivity, as well as the welfare gains from international trade. Historically awarded in seven scientific fields—chemistry, computer science, economics, mathematics, evolutionary and computational molecular biology, neuroscience, and physics—the fellowships were expanded this year to include awards to eight young researchers working in the ocean sciences. Administered and funded by the Sloan Foundation, the fellowships are awarded in close cooperation with the scientific community. To qualify, candidates must first be nominated by their peers and are subsequently selected by an independent panel of senior scholars. For a complete list of winners, click here.