Andrei Gritsan of Johns Hopkins' Henry A. Rowland
Department of Physics and Astronomy has won both the
National Science Foundation's Faculty Early Career
Development Award and a Sloan Research Fellowship for his
work in elementary particle physics.
The NSF's Faculty Early Career Development Award
recognizes young scientists' devotion to both research and
education with a five-year $550,000 grant. The Sloan
Fellowship brings with it a two-year $45,000 grant.
"It is a great honor to receive these awards," said
Gritsan, an assistant professor. "I have been fortunate to
uncover some mysteries of matter and antimatter at the
smallest scale. Now these awards will allow me to pursue my
research at the frontier particle accelerator
"It is an exciting time for the field as we believe
that particle physics is standing within reach of new
discoveries," he said. "We are now preparing a new
experiment within an international collaboration of
scientists. The awards will provide stipends for graduate
students and a postdoctoral fellow working with me on the
The NSF's Faculty Early Career Development Program
supports young teacher-scholars who have exhibited
creative, integrative and effective research and education
plans developed within the context of their organization's
missions and goals.
Gritsan was one of 118 young scientists and economists
to receive Sloan Research Fellowships this year in
recognition of their potential to contribute to academic
advancement. Since the Sloan Foundation began awarding
fellowships in 1955, 32 fellows have won Nobel Prizes later
in their careers.
Gritsan has been at Johns Hopkins since 2005. He
received his bachelor's and master's degrees in 1994 and
1996 from Novosibirsk State University in Siberia. In 2000
he earned his doctorate from the University of Colorado at
Boulder and then worked at the Lawrence Berkeley National
Laboratory prior to coming to Johns Hopkins.
"We are delighted to have Andrei Gritsan on the
faculty of the Department of Physics and Astronomy," said
Jonathan Bagger, department chair. "We are gratified that
his path-breaking work on the properties of matter and
antimatter has been recognized by the Sloan and National
Science foundations, and we look forward to exciting
discoveries in the years ahead."