Xie Chen, assistant professor of theoretical physics, and Manuel Endres, assistant professor of physics have been recognized as 2017 recipients of the Sloan Research Fellowship. Funded by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, the fellowship recognizes early-career scholars; identifying some of the most promising scientific researchers working today. The first Sloan Research Fellowships were awarded in 1955. Since that time, more than five thousand outstanding early-career researchers have received the award. Originally awarded in physics, chemistry, and mathematics, the Sloan Research Fellowships have expanded over the decades to include the support of early-career researchers in a total of eight scientific and technical fields – chemistry, computer science, computation and evolutionary molecular biology, economics, mathematics, neuroscience, ocean sciences, and physics.